But the children struggled together within her; and she said, “If all is well, why am I like this?” So she went to inquire of the Lord. And the Lord said to her: “Two nations are in your womb, two peoples shall be separated from your body; one people shall be stronger than the other, and the older shall serve the younger.” (Genesis 25:22-23)
From the beginning of her pregnancy, Rebekah knew that something was quite different and she was troubled by it. According to the word of the LORD, two different peoples were growing inside of her and, according to the prophecy given her, these two peoples would not be able to coexist. Because of what they came to represent, it becomes clear that these two children were not supposed to get along. Rebekah was sensing the conflict that was taking shape in her and the one that would develop in the earth.
Beyond the fact that these two children would compete for primacy in their family, they represent two conflicting ideologies that will never be at peace. Just as carnal and spiritual are not to live in harmony, these twins were destined to war with one another until only one of them could rule the other. God said that the two would never be mighty simultaneously; one will always be stronger than the other until, ultimately, the “older” would serve his younger sibling.
When we come into this world, it is with the carnal nature we inherited from our father, Adam. That we might be born again, the last Adam — Yeshua the Messiah — came into this world to reconcile us to the Father that we might be sons and daughters of God. After we are born again, we soon realize that the new creation can’t coexist with the more familiar carnal nature and, thus, the struggle ensues. Now extrapolate that concept to address the conflict we see in the world; there are two competing forces in this world vying for primacy.
According to the prophecy whichever one is stronger means that the other is being suppressed. Currently, it seems to me that the “older” carnal force — the one that stands in opposition to God — is rising up to be mighty in the earth. Darkness is sweeping over the entire earth at an alarming rate. However, as the people of God, we have the promise that the “older will serve the younger.” The spirit of Esau will not succeed in eliminating the people of God and this unshakeable Kingdom will prevail over wicked men. That ultimate victory is the story of the “younger” — Jacob. It is also our story. If we have been born again and are following in the footsteps of Messiah, we have the promise of victory — victory over the world and victory over the carnal man that still wants to rule us.
Blessings and Shalom,