Rebekah, like Sarah, was barren for a long while. Isaac prayed to the LORD on her behalf, and after twenty years of marriage, she became pregnant. The children fought inside of her, and “So she went to inquire of the LORD. And the LORD said to her, ‘Two nations are in your womb; and two peoples shall be separated from your body; and one people shall be stronger than the other; and the older shall serve the younger.’ When her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. Now the first came forth red, all over like a hairy garment; and they named him Esau. And afterward his brother came forth with his hand holding on to Esau’s heel, so his name was called Jacob; and Isaac was sixty years old when she gave birth to them.” ~Genesis 25:22b-26
And so the story of the two sons begins: Esau, who would also be called Edom, meaning “red”, and Jacob, meaning “trickster or supplanter”, who would also be called Israel. Esau, as the older son, was entitled to receive a double share of his father’s inheritance, which was referred to as a birthright. However, Esau did not value this tradition, nor the religious beliefs of his father. He sold his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of lentil stew after a day of hunting had left him famished.
And then, Esau did something that really struck me. “And when Esau was forty years old he married Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite; and they brought grief to Isaac and Rebekah.” ~Genesis 26:34-35
Oh, what a heartbreaker for God-fearing parents! TWO wives, and both of them unbelievers. Abraham had sent his servant over five hundred miles to find a wife for Isaac who was from a God-fearing, believing family because the people who lived in the surrounding lands did not worship or believe in the One True God. And now the oldest son had chosen to be unequally yoked.
I have seen marriages between a believer and an unbeliever, and while some of them work, there is a definite lack of intimacy, which can only come between two people who share their love for God. I cannot imagine. I am so very thankful that my husband and I both love and serve the Lord Jesus! It is a beautiful sweetness that we share.
We have a child who is unequally yoked at this time. It is quite painful to a parent’s heart. Inevitably, the person who is a believer is drawn away from God, sometimes just in areas where they compromise their beliefs, sometimes completely.
Oh, what they are missing! The joy that is made full, serving God with our whole hearts!