Advent Devotional: Faith-Family Tree {Twins}

The Lord said to her, ‘Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger’  (Genesis 25:23 NIV).

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We rejoice every time a child is born! And it’s twice as nice when we celebrate the birth of twins!

My daughter and I love watching Hayley Mills go away to camp in the movie “The Parent Trap” where she finds her twin. The excitement in the movie grows as the girls switch roles to go to each other’s home and get to know the other parent! From watching Haley Mills with Haylee to twins I have taught, to twins of my close friends and family, to twins who live right down the street… the dynamics of twins is always exciting!

Here are a few fun facts about twins:

  1. Having two babies at one time is linked to a mother living longer.
  2. Even though twins may trick their parents sometimes, they may never trick a dog!
  3. Identical twins do not have identical fingerprints!
  4. Identical twins do share 99% of each other’s genes!
  5. Twins begin communicating with each other in the womb.

Teaching twins is so much fun, and I have loved every minute of making each one of them feel individually special.

Today’s Scripture:

When Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he could no longer see, he called for Esau his older son and said to him, ‘My son.’ ‘Here I am,’ he answered (Genesis 27:1 NIV).

Now Rebekah was listening as Isaac spoke to his son Esau. When Esau left for the open country to hunt game and bring it back, Rebekah said to her son Jacob, ‘Look, I overheard your father say to your brother Esau, Bring me some game and prepare me some tasty food to eat, so that I may give you my blessing in the presence of the LORD before I die’ (Genesis 27:5-7 NIV).

Go out to the flock and bring me two choice young goats, so I can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he likes it (Genesis 27:9 NIV).

By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future (Hebrews 11:20 NIV).

Today’s Snapshot: Twins

Isaac (Abraham’s son) and Rebekah were not blessed with babies at the beginning of their marriage. However, Isaac knew the promise God made to Abraham.  God made Abraham a promise that included thousands upon thousands of descendants – more numerous than the stars in the sky!  So, Isaac prayed for Rebekah, and God blessed them with two sons.

Esau, the first-born, entered the world before his brother, Jacob.

God continued to bring forth the Messiah through a bloodline which included deceit, trickery, and lying.

While Jacob stayed among the tents and became Rebekah’s favorite, Esau was an avid hunter, which pleased his father immensely.

One day, Esau came inside famished after a hard day of hunting.  He could smell Jacob’s savory stew on the stove.  Esau asked for some of the red lentil stew.  Jacob told him he could have a bowl of stew in exchange for his birthright! Esau traded his birthright for one meal.

In the custom of the time the firstborn receives:

… a double share of all he has. That son is the first sign of his father’s strength. The right of the firstborn belongs to him, (Deut. 21:17, NIV)

Esau took his eyes off of the big picture for temporary satisfaction when he gave Jacob his birthright in exchange for one bowl of stew.  Then Rebekah helped Jacob deceive Isaac to receive the blessing.

From a human perspective, the lineage of Jesus Christ would have traveled through the bloodline of Esau.

From a Heavenly perspective, the Spiritual seed moves through the younger son, Jacob.

It happened that quickly. One shallow choice equaled one eternal shift in the Savior’s lineage.  

Could moments which seem deceptive actually be divine?

In God’s sovereignty (through what appears to us as human deception and betrayal) Jacob received the birthright and then through one-act of human deceit, Jacob received the blessing from Isaac.

The lineage of the coming King is passed down from Adam to Noah, to Abraham, to Isaac, to Jacob (whose name we know as Israel), to Judah (one of his 12 sons), and eventually through the young girl Mary to the baby Jesus. 

Family Discussion:
~  Have you ever made a quick decision which you regretted afterward?
~  Why is it important to keep our eyes on the big picture? How can this help us when we make decisions?

Closing Prayer:
Heavenly Father,
I praise You for the gift of twins!  I praise you for Esau and Jacob who help us to see the people in the Bible are real people, and they deal with real issues such as jealousy, deceit, and strife. God used their selfish actions to carry out His eternal plan.  Lord, t
hank You for loving us in spite of our flaws.  Your beautiful plan is beginning to unfold, and we have the privilege of watching the story through snapshots of the big picture.  Thank you for giving us a glimpse into Your heart this Christmas as we anxiously await the birth of Your Son.
In the Precious name of Jesus, I pray,
Amen

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