Jacob & Esau • Devotion #4: I will do it Myself
Ryan Story | Location Pastor – Burton
One of my favorite moments in recent cinema was at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron. During the closing credits the “Mad Titan” Thanos appears and grabs his Infinity Gauntlet and says, “Fine, I will do it myself.” Now as the comic book enthusiast that I am, I loved knowing what would be transpiring in the next two Avenger’s movies. For years, Thanos was trying to accumulate the infinity stones, and he finally realized that he would have to be the one to do so. Now for those who have not read the comics, this may be a spoiler of Avengers 4, but in the comics, Thanos realizes that his quest for the stones brings nothing but emptiness and Thanos embraces the humble life of a farmer. Thanos realizes that the thing he was working towards ends up being the decision he loathes to the point of wanting to die just so he can see his love, Death.
Comic books and theology are my two strong suits in life. I have always loved reading comics, and I always enjoy reading the Bible. In Genesis chapter 27, the story about Jacob and Rebekah tricking Isaac to get the blessing is one of the most interesting stories in all of Genesis. The part I find so hard to ignore about this story is when Rebekah had trouble conceiving, she and Isaac went to God in prayer. Genesis 25:23 says, “And the Lord said to her, ‘Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other; the older shall serve the younger.’” Rebekah knew from the moment Jacob and Esau were born who would be the one in control of the family legacy. Out of God’s mouth, He said the older, Esau, would serve the younger, Jacob. If God said it, then it will come true. The question that plagues me is, why did Rebekah not just wait for God’s perfect plan to come to fruition?
I have prayed over and pondered this section of Scripture many times. All I can see is Rebekah trying to force God’s plan. Rebekah decided that she did not want to wait for God’s plan; she wanted to do it her way in her timing. Read Genesis chapter 27 at some point today. Rebekah helps her son con her husband just so Rebekah’s favorite would get what she wanted. While this very well could have been God’s plan, I do not think God was honoring her sin. Rebekah goes down in history for eternity as a person who lied, cheated, and stole something that God already knew He was going to give.
I feel we all tend to try to force God’s plan into existing instead of waiting for His timing. Because of Rebekah’s involvement, Esau decides that he is going to kill Jacob, and Rebekah tells Jacob to flee. It is one of the weirdest self-focused “woe is me” moments in the Bible. In Genesis 27:46, Rebekah goes to Isaac and says, “Then Rebekah said to Isaac, ‘I loathe my life because of the Hittite women. If Jacob marries one of the Hittite women like these, one of the women of the land, what good will my life be to me?’” Rebekah is distraught over the fact that her son had to flee when she was the reason he had to flee! In my mind, this is the justice of the Lord on display. She tried to force what God already had planned into a reality.
Do you ever feel like you are chasing after something or feel like you hate your current circumstances? I have seen people want to be married so badly that they hate the fact that they are single. There is no realization that their singleness is a gift that God gave them for this stage of their life. I know this is a hard thing to read, trust me there is apprehension to type this, but sometimes we have to be able to wait on God, even for something that is good. Rebekah could not wait, she took it upon herself and caused a whole lot of family drama just because she could not be patient.