September 12: God’s Unique Relationship with Israel.

Isaac and Rebekah had twin boys and God made another choice.  Ignoring the cultural norm of choosing the elder twin, God chose Jacob over Esau to continue the line of the Seed of the woman.

Genesis 25: 21-23 

21 Now Isaac pleaded with the Lord for his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord granted his plea, and Rebekah his wife conceived. 22 But the children struggled together within her; and she said, “If all is well, why am I like this?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.

23 And the Lord said to her:

“Two nations are in your womb, 

Two peoples shall be separated from your body; 

One people shall be stronger than the other, 

And the older shall serve the younger.”

Eventually God renamed Jacob “Israel” and repeated to Jacob the same promises He’d given to Abraham and Isaac. The twelve sons of Jacob/Israel became the princes of the tribes of Israel.

Genesis 28: 13-14 

13 And behold, the Lord stood above it and said: “I am the Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. 14 Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.


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