September 14th, 2019
The Children Struggled in the Womb
Genesis 25:21-23 (KJB) And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. 22 And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to inquire of the LORD. 23 And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.
Any woman who has been pregnant can easily relate to the moving of her child in her womb. First, it starts out with a feeling like a butterfly but as the child grows and matures, his or her tumbling and tossing in the womb is more powerful. Now I have never had twins but those of you who have undoubtedly can relate to two babies moving about and snuggled together closely in the womb.
The relation and closeness of twins have been studied in this world. Twins often remain close and emotionally attached once born and throughout their life. Even beyond sibling relations found at work between other children in the same family unit.
This movement of these twins in Rebekah was different. Instead of growing together and be united emotionally, these twins were said to be struggling. Their movement was above that of normal movement. Theirs’s was not a natural characterization of movement expressed concerning twins making this pregnancy not pleasant for Rebekah.
These twins were relating to each other in these tight womb quarters was different. Their struggle was real and relevant then, and to relations between these nations to this day with each son, Esau and Jacob representing a nation who will continually struggle with each other in this world until the time of Christ’s return and millennial reign.
The Bible records that these twins represented two nations. They were to be separated one from the other. One nation was to be stronger than the other. These twins were not naturally growing together but were to be separated apart upon birth with one ultimately serving the other with this struggle climaxing in the millennia to come.