Abraham is now dead and the narrative shifts to Isaac and his offspring. We pick up the narrative with the birth of Isaac’s twin sons, Esau and Jacob. Immediately, there is controversy in this family as the parents play favorites. Isaac favors Esau, while Rebekah favors Jacob. We also learn that despite the birthright, Jacob will be greater than his older brother. This controversy continues with the children, which we see when Esau sells his birthright for a bowl of soup. Not only that, but Isaac sins just like his dad, and has issue with Philistine herdsmen.
Nevertheless, the most important thing we can learn from this passage is about God. God remains faithful, despite the messiness of Isaac’s life. He confirms his covenant with him, and will do the same with Jacob. God continues to bless him because of the promises he made. This is who God is, and we should be thankful.
Aren’t you glad God is faithful even in the midst of our messy lives?