And when the time came to give birth, Rebekah discovered that she did indeed have twins! The first one was very red at birth and covered with thick hair like a fur coat. So they named him Esau. Then the other twin was born with his hand grasping Esau’s heel. So they named him Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when the twins were born. Genesis 25:24-26 NLT
Throughout the history of humanity, there has never been a fight as real as man’s struggle for relevance. We seek to be the first, we seek to be the best, we seek to be above only and never to be below. This is the story of all human fights, woes and wars all through the ages; and this is the story that begins Jacob’s life.
While he was in the womb with his twin brother, Esau, Jacob jostled for the first position with his brother. Somehow, in their biological composition, they had received the instructions that there is a benefit in being the first and the elder. Hence, they jostled to be the first, and to be the elder. The jostling was so real that it disturbed their mother in the womb, and caused her to go and enquire from the Lord in prayers.
In fact, when the children were being brought into the world, it happened to be that Esau came out first. That Jacob was not happy about this was clear because his hand was on his brother’s heels as if he was trying to draw him back and come out first. For this cause, they named him JACOB, meaning “he grabs the heel.”
However, all these struggles went on because of ignorance; because of many things that these twins did not know about the future. God had spoken to Rebekah saying,
“Two nations are in your womb, Two people shall be separated from your body; One people shall be stronger than the other, And the older shall serve the younger.” Genesis 25:23 NKJV
The prophetic word had declared that whoever comes out first will be servant to the younger person. If the children had been aware of this prophecy, how eager would they have been to be the first?
Oh, how baby Jacob may have felt when he was deprived of the first position. Like most Christians today, he would have complained and murmured about how God had not lifted him up; and would have gone for counselling to ask why God did not make him the first instead of the second.
What he did not know was that God made him second because he had been chosen. God made him second in order to make him the head over his brother.
It is the way of life in this kingdom. He that desires to be the greatest must be the servant of all. He that desires to be the highest must agree to play the second fiddle. The way up in this kingdom is through the way of humble service.
Promotion in this kingdom does not come from the East or the West of the South…. It is the Almighty who is judge. He is the lifter of men, and the one who brings men down.
He grabbed the heel, because he thought he would struggle to be first. But in the coming days, Jacob would realize that unless God lifts a man up, and opens the door of life unto him, he cannot access the Promised Inheritance by force. It is the Lord who must show mercy.
AND SO? In our world today, many Jacobs there are who are in dire struggle for relevance. We plot, we scheme, and we do everything in our power to gain first place. However, to these Jacobs it is important to remind that power belongs to God, and to Him belongs mercy. Except He shows you mercy, the best you can ever be can never get you access into the promised inheritance.