Who do you like?

Genesis 25:23 states God’s prophesy regarding Esau and Jacob. God speaks to Rebekah after Isaac prayed for her to become pregnant.

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.”

To be clear: Isaac prayed for his wife to have a child (to carry on the Messianic line promised to his father Abraham). God enabled her to become pregnant by Isaac. He tells Rebekah that she will have twins and the first born (Esau) will serve the second born (Jacob). Jacob is God’s choice to continue Jesus’ lineage.

Here is Isaac’s response… He prefers Esau and attempts to make him the heir! You may ask, why would he do this?

Would it help to remind you that we do the same thing? We prefer one person over another because we admire something about them. Maybe he/she has similar interests, is beautiful or handsome, is smart/athletic/wealthy/accomplished, has a similar background, grew up in the same geographic area, etc. Is this the best approach?

As you encounter new people, remember that God may see them differently than you (based on your own personal set of filters). Look to love them, rather than reject them. I’ll bet God will put somebody special in your path if your determine to keep your eyes open.

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About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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