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In the Old Testament (OT), the birth of twins was the sign of a special blessing. I am convinced that God uses "twins" to contrast various ideologies, paradigms and systems we encounter in everyday life. Deception is ruthless in its pursuit of the weak in spirit.
In the case of these two brothers, we have "conflicting nations" as was prophesied in Gen 25:23, as the Lord God spoke directly to Rebekah during her pregnancy. One nation, Jacob (Israel) and the other nation Esau (Edom).
As is custom, the story is replete with intrigue, chaos and manipulation. We see the boys growing into their identities and the character of these two are no different than any of us who grew up in a family with siblings close to our own age. The "twist" in this tale is that Esau, being the firstborn in OT culture was a big deal! His inheritance included a "double portion" of his father's estate. I mean, his father was Abraham for crying out loud; and, needless to say, Abraham was loaded!
But the thing these boys had in common with their father Abraham is the spirit of "deception." You see, deception is persistent; it permeates generations. It is the intention of deception to captivate your FAITH. Deception is the antithesis of TRUTH. Truth will chase you into your dreams at night and be waiting for you when you wake up in the morning!
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