This past Sunday at church we looked at the story of Rebekah. We have unpacked the life sentences of individuals in the Bible and what they are known for. This time, we were unpacking lies. Specifically, we looked at the lies Rebekah told and how that impacted her legacy life.
The Legacy Life of Rebekah
This example of a legacy life isn’t a happy one. Unfortunately, rather than being a positive role model, this story of Rebekah shows how lies can become a generational issue. And when you see something being modeled, you are apt to repeat history. Rebekah’s story begins in Genesis 24.
Rebekah’s story begins in Genesis 24. From there, we learn that Rebekah had twins, and was given some specific instruction about how these boys would live out their lives. Despite being given a word from God, Rebekah chooses to take matters into her own hands. She convinces Jacob to lie and say that he is his brother in order to receive the blessing.
This isn’t the first time we see lies in the book of Genesis. Abraham tells lies about his wife Sarai. Isaac lies about Rebekah being his sister and not his wife. Both times, these lies could have led to major destruction for the people the lies were told too.
But God moves despite the lies, men are spared, and Abraham and Isaac are called out on their inability to trust God. However, you can clearly see how Isaac learned directly from his father. And as Isaac lived out this same pattern, he taught it to his wife Rebekah.
The legacy life lived here lacked trust in God. It was hinged on the belief that they had to take actions into the own hands in order to make truth happen.
The lesson here is to lean on God. Trust Him to bring to fruition the words He speaks. Sure, he made sure Isaac was going to rule over his brother. But what if God had another plan that didn’t involve lies and deception. What if they had taken their concerns to God first and let Him move?
While we don’t have all the answers to how the story could have turned out, I think it’s important to remember that God can move despite the circumstances against us. Turning to lies does not make things better. It complicated the situation for Abraham, Isaac, and Rebekah. It caused distrust in one another and the belief that we have to control things for ourselves.
That’s not the life God wants for you. He wants you to lean on Him and trust His plan.