The Rightful Place for the Younger Sibling?

By: Steve Negley

Posted: January 16, 2019

Category: Daily Devotional

Genesis 25:19-34; 27:1-40

He was only younger by a minute or two, but in the ancient mid-east of a few millennia ago that was enough to define his place in the family.

Esau was born first, and so he was the “natural born” leader. But God had a little different plan, and although the path took some turns with a bowl of pottage and a slight of hand (hairy hands that is) stolen blessing, God’s plan for Jacob to be the leader prevailed.

In telling the story of Isaac’s Blessing the Spark Story Bible records the event like this:

“Your family will be different. Your younger son will be the leader of the older one.” This was a surprise to Rebekah. The oldest child was usually the leader of all the brothers and sisters.”

 A younger child ruling the family.
A baby born to a barren woman.
A virgin’s baby actually being God with us.
God’s plan doesn’t always follow our logic.


God, help me to get past the noise and the distractions of “how things are supposed to be” so that I can hear what You have in store for me, as I follow Jesus as my Lord and Savior each day. Amen.