Summary: God’s choice of Jacob to be the dominant brother teaches us that salvation is God’s doing from beginning to end.

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We’re all familiar with the kind of TV shows parents don’t want their children to watch, you know, the ones with violence and bad language. But have you ever considered what shows children don’t want their parents to watch? I think Nanny 911 is one of such show. Nanny 911 is a television program on parenting. The show features Mary Poppins type child-experts who come into your home, observe how you parent, and give advice on how to provide better structure and discipline for your children. Children don’t want you watching this program because what child thinks it’s an advantage to have parents who are better at disciplining?

Nanny 911 isn’t the only show about parenting these days - a fact that seems to say parents are eager for advice on their children. It’s always been that way. Long before television and self-help books, a mother by the name of Rebekah turned to the Lord for advice on her children. What did she learn from God that’s good for us to know? Let’s find out.

Rebekah, a God-fearing, hardworking woman was married to Isaac - the long-awaited son of Abraham and Sarah. Rebekah had married into wealth and the promise of a bright future. God had told her father-in-law, Abraham, that he would be the father of a great nation. Rebekah, therefore, had every confidence that she would have children. But five, ten, then fifteen years passed and Rebekah still didn’t have a child. This concerned Isaac as much as it did Rebekah so he turned to the Lord in prayer and asked him to keep his promise and grant them a child. God answered Isaac’s prayer as he answers all prayers, in his own time and in his own way. Twenty years after they were married, Rebekah became pregnant. The joy of becoming pregnant, however, soon gave way to concern when Rebekah felt unusual activity in her tummy. Although she couldn’t get an ultrasound to see what was happening, she could and did sound out the Lord. The Lord made it known to Rebekah that she was going to have twin boys!

From Isaac and Rebekah’s example we learn something important about parenting: God is interested in hearing about our parenting concerns. Go ahead and search the internet for answers to your parenting questions but don’t forget to seek the Lord’s advice. After all he is the one who puts children together in the womb (Psalm 139:13-16). He knows how best to care for them. Ask for wisdom and then read Scripture to receive that wisdom and motivation to be patient and caring parents.

Although the news that she was going to have twins could to a certain extent explain the unusual movements inside Rebekah’s womb, the sacred record tells us that there was more to the thumping than two active boys getting their exercise. The twins were actually crushing each other in a pushing and shoving match! That tells us something about children doesn’t it? It tells us that our children aren’t as innocent as we might think they are. By the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, King David said bluntly: “I was sinful… from the time my mother conceived me” (Psalm 51:5).

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