by Terry J. Hallock

Why Is This Happening to Me? Winning the Battle Within
Terry J. Hallock
Genesis 25:19-34; Romans 7:21-8:17
August 5, 2001

The Word tells us that Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah. For twenty years Rebekah remained barren and every day during those twenty years Isaac prayed for Rebekah to be able to give birth to a child. Then one day she conceived and her once barren womb carried twins whom Genesis 25:22 tells us "jostled each other within her. . ." For two decades Rebekah had waited for the fulfillment of her dream, yet what should have been a double-blessing seemed to have become a double-curse. So troubled is Rebekah over the never-ending struggle of the twins within her she cries out to God, "Why is this happening to me?" The New King James Version translates that verse, "If all is well, why am I like this?" After all the years she had waited and after all the prayers Isaac had offered why did the Lord conceive twins within here who tore at her womb without ceasing?

The Lord answered. "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 young"(verse 23). Out of Rebekah's womb would come the founders of two nations and two spiritual conditions. The firstborn would be named Esau meaning "red" because when born he was hairy and red. Esau would be his father's favorite. Out of Esau would come the nation of Edom and the Biblical symbol of people whose only interest is in the desires of the flesh. Jacob was the second born. When he was born he literally had a hammerlock grasp on the heel of Esau. He would be his mother's favorite. Twelve sons would be born to Jacob and out of those sons would come the nation of Israel, the chosen people of God. Where Esau stands as the symbol of a life born to the flesh, Jacob stands as a symbol of a life born for the spirit. Is it any wonder that they fought with each other in the womb? How could two su ...

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