“And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents” (Genesis 25:27).TEXT — Genesis 25:19-28
A serene, sleepy, little town, in Oyo State, South West Nigeria, is reputed to be the twins’ capital of the world. According to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), a study conducted by a British gynecologist, Patrick Nylander, between 1972 and 1982 recorded an average of 45 to 50 sets of twins per 1,000 live births in the town of Igbo Ora.
No one could conclusively explain this phenomenon, but there is hardly any family in the community that does not have twins.
Esau and Jacob were the first twins mentioned in the Bible. They were the only children of their parents. The boys were born after many prayers by their parents to break the yoke of barrenness that initially afflicted their marriage. The prayers continued even when their mother, Rebekah, became pregnant and experienced unusual fetal activity.
The message that Rebekah received about the twins in her womb was that “Two nations are in thy womb, and two manners of people shall be separated from thy bowels, and the one people shall be stronger than the other people, and the elder shall serve the younger” (Genesis 25:23). The two boys would chart separate destinies; and as prophesied, the younger will fare better than the elder.
God, the divine Manager, has a plan for each of His children. Esau would grow up later to be a hunter and the father of the Edomites, but Jacob, the shepherd boy, would be the progenitor of the nation of Israel. The career choice was only part of the great design of God to make a saint of an unworthy one.
God still has a plan for everyone. He also has the prerogative to dispense His grace to His people. We must be content to pursue the particular destiny set for us by God and fulfill the same to His glory.
Thought for the day
God has a good plan for each of His children.
- in one year
- ACTS 24 – 25