Rebekah: Mother of Jacob and Esau

    Annaliese Raynak

    Rebekah in the Bible

    The story of Rebekah is an example of God’s goodness and grace. She lived in the area of Aram-Naharaim, which is where Abraham sent his servant to seek a wife for his son, Isaac. Abraham’s servant sought to find a woman of excellent character for Isaac.

    When he arrived in the town, he prayed that God would show him which woman should be chosen as Isaac’s potential wife. He prayed that when he stopped at the well to ask for a drink, the right woman would offer that she’d give water to the camels as well.

    Once the servant arrived at the well, Rebekah, a beautiful young woman, stopped with the other women to draw water. He asked her for a drink and as soon as he finished, she offered to water all his camels. He immediately knew that she was sent from God. He gave her gifts of jewelry and visited her family, where he relayed the story.

    He wanted Rebekah to leave with him immediately, and although her family was hesitant, she agreed to follow him to marry Isaac. Once she arrived with the caravan, Isaac loved her right away. She went on to have twin sons, Jacob and Esau, who God said would become the founders of two separate nations.

    Rebecca at the well

    The story of Isaac and Rebekah is one of love, strife, and a willingness to follow God’s plan. Rebekah was eager not only to give water to Abraham’s servant but also to his camels as well.

    This was no easy feat, as it would take quite some time to satisfy the thirst of many camels. Yet she accomplished her task, as her heart was turned towards service, dedication, and compassion. She could not have known that she was fulfilling prayers that day, nor how her life would drastically change.

    How many times have we been called to change directions, even when we couldn’t see the path ahead? Rebekah encountered a sudden shift in the path of her life as she faithfully carried out her regular tasks.

    We might feel as if the assignment of going to the well to draw water for our families is mundane and insignificant. Our “well” could be creating a presentation for that next meeting, baking cookies to welcome the new neighbors, or cleaning up after the dog tracked mud through the house.

     

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    “They gave her this blessing as she parted: 'Our sister, may you become the mother of many millions! May your descendants be strong and conquer the cities of their enemies.'” – Genesis 24:60 (NLT)

    Heroic women in the Bible

    But perhaps God shows up even in the small, everyday moments. Rebekah’s willingness to go the extra mile and serve showed a level of deeper understanding. She discovered that even the smallest tasks can make a difference and change the trajectory of our lives. God’s plan is beyond what we can ever imagine.

     

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    When we read about the many heroic women in the Bible, we sometimes forget that they were flawed human beings, just like us. Genesis 25-28 shows us that Rebekah had flaws and made many mistakes. Her twin sons, Jacob and Esau, ended up becoming enemies. As a mother, she heavily favored Jacob to the point of encouraging him to deceive his father to receive the firstborn blessing.

    Her family was far from perfect, and they struggled against each other. However, God’s plan was not derailed by the mess in their lives. He took their everyday moments of doubt and mistrust and turned them into a reflection of His grace. We can come close to Him today, even in our imperfections, and know that He has a good plan for our lives.

    When we draw from the well of living water, Jesus is faithful to quench our thirst and change our perspectives towards hope, even in the mundane tasks of life. Remaining focused on Christ equips us to serve Him and stay close to hearing His heart.

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    Annaliese Raynak

    Annaliese is a storyteller whose passion and purpose is to help others connect their stories to the grand narrative God planned for all creation. Weaving a tapestry of words, she aims to highlight the ultimate source of Truth and help individuals discover their God-given value.

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