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Monday, December 5

Day 8: Isaac

Open item: Skittles®

Have your child pick which color they like best. Do they have a favorite? Try to get your child to describe why they like one over the other.

23 And the Lord said to her,

“Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples from within you shall be divided;
the one shall be stronger than the other,
the older shall serve the younger.”

24 When her days to give birth were completed, behold, there were twins in her womb. 25 The first came out red, all his body like a hairy cloak, so they called his name Esau. 26 Afterward his brother came out with his hand holding Esau’s heel, so his name was called Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.

27 When the boys grew up, Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was a quiet man, dwelling in tents. 28 Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.


We don’t know too much about Isaac, but we do know that he had a traumatic experience as a child. When Isaac was young, Abraham, following the Lord’s command, took Isaac up a mountain and prepared to give Isaac as a sacrifice. Thankfully, the Lord provided another way, and Isaac was spared! 

God gave Issac understanding enough to move beyond this and even trust and continue to worship Him. Isaac walked faithfully with the Lord.

Side Note: Parents, imagine the trauma of a child having experienced this and the challenge it would be to trust. Truly following the Lord after this experience was only by the working of His good hand!

Later he was blessed to have twin sons with his wife, Rebekah, whom he loved. Their sons were Esau and Jacob. However, even in the womb, the two boys wrestled with one another! 

Isaac’s favorite son was Esau, the oldest of the two sons. Esau liked the things Isaac liked and they had an easy connection. Rebekah’s favorite son, though, was Jacob. 

Isaac’s favoritism of Esau caused problems between the twin sons, and this pitted the two twin boys against each other.

Isaac’s selfish human love was a stumbling block for both of his sons and led to deceit and scandal. 


Final Words

In the beginning, you picked your favorite object. Picking favorites is not always bad, but Isaac’s favoritism caused many problems for his family. Did you ever think someone like Isaac would be related to JESUS? Maybe not, but God still used Isaac. And he needed a Savior just like you and me! Jesus is coming!