Isaac & Rebekah

I’m reading through the Old Testament right now and recently finished Genesis. I am excited to share the journey Isaac and Rebekah took to become parents from Genesis 25:21-24. There is so much content in just these 3 verses. It truly amazes me!

Isaac was 40 years old when he married Rebekah. Isaac prayed for Rebekah because she was barren. She later became pregnant with twins, Jacob and Esau. Previously, God promised Abraham He would be the father of a great nation and the only way to pass this down was through Abraham’s son, Isaac

  • The Wait – We know Isaac was 40 years old when he married Rebekah, but how old was he when Jacob and Esau were born? Verse 26 tells us that he was 60. So 20 years elapsed from when they married to when they first become parents. Even children of promise didn’t enter this world right away. It took a lot of waiting and a lot of prayer. Isaac asked God and God answered, the same way He will for us. God wants us to ask Him and He wants to answer us. So why was the wait 20 years? It could have been to appreciate the children more for when they were born. It could have been because Isaac and Rebekah weren’t ready yet and maybe they needed to mature and grow some more. It could have been that although it was their desire, it wasn’t the perfect timing for it. I don’t know exactly, but I do know that God never delays!
  • Twins – I love how Rebekah didn’t just get pregnant with one baby, but after being barren for 20 years, she got pregnant with two. Genesis 25:24 says “When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb.” so I’m making the assumption they didn’t even know until the day of birth (which makes sense considering the time period). Wow, what a surprise! This just blows me away. The Lord did immeasurably more than they could have asked or imagine. Ephesians 3:20
  • Isaacs prayer – Genesis 25:21 says that Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was barren. What a beautiful example He sets for any couple going through infertility. If your husband isn’t praying for you and over you, I encourage him to follow Isaac’s example. If Isaac prayed over her womb, I believe all the men today should be doing the same.
  • Life after babies – Having babies does not solve any problems. If you continue to read in Genesis there was a ton of drama between all four family members. Lots of deceit, mis-communication, jealousy, etc. It’s evident that when we stray from Him our life gets chaotic, just as it was for this family. If you are wanting to start a family, and are struggling to do so, I hope this encourages you that even when we receive the answer to our prayer, if we become selfish, life can be much harder than it is now while we are waiting, especially when you aren’t pursuing the Lord. Pursue the Lord and let Him mold you and prep you for the parents, or the wife, or the co-worker you are waiting to become.


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  • Megan Davis
    Posted at 05:57h, 24 January Reply

    This is one of my favorite stories in the Bible! God isn’t silent on infertility but gives us an example to look to as a model and source of encouragement!

  • Charity
    Posted at 08:26h, 24 January Reply

    This story never gets old. I love how God doubled their blessing. Even though it took a while he was preparing great things for these flawed humans. Oh and the part you mentioned about life after babies is so true. Our focus needs to be on God and when it’s not so many things go awry. Thanks for sharing this story and encouraging words. I am looking forward to seeing how God works in all of our situations.

  • Robyn
    Posted at 08:32h, 24 January Reply

    such a great story of their faith & God’s faithfulness! prayer really is powerful!

  • Kasey
    Posted at 08:55h, 24 January Reply

    One of my most favorite stories in the Bible!

  • Gabby
    Posted at 09:42h, 24 January Reply

    There’s a blog that talks about “the blue sock moments”, another christian couple is fighting the same infertility battle and had randomly found one blue baby boy sock in their house. Never to find the mate. They continue to have these blue sock moments, where they believe God is revealing a part of their future and offering encouragement. Reading your post is a blue sock moment for me. My husband and I have been trying since July’13. We really want a boy. For some reason I keep feeling like we will get twins because God says he will double all that has been taken away from us. I keep seeing twins…and I keep seeing boys. Needless to say it’s really freaking my husband out. I keep praying to God that Scott and I will love as many little blessings as he feels we should get the priviledge to raise in a faith filled home. I always wanted 3, but I’d be happy with 2 or more than 3.

  • Courtney
    Posted at 10:09h, 24 January Reply

    I needed this reminder today…thank you.

  • Suzanne
    Posted at 12:45h, 24 January Reply

    I always love your posts. They put so much into perspective. xoxo

  • Angela
    Posted at 13:20h, 24 January Reply

    Love this! I feel like I am constantly reminding myself that things are in God’s time, not my own.

  • Amy
    Posted at 00:32h, 25 January Reply

    I just finished reading Genesis as well! I love the love Isaac had for Rebekah and those verses where he prayer to conceive for her really stuck out to me, its so sweet that God gave them twins! Love double blessings!

  • Morgan Brooks
    Posted at 12:10h, 25 January Reply

    I love this. Something that I deeply appreciate is how my husband prays for our baby and for healing in me almost every single night. It brings me to tears almost every time. Sod thankful for all the beautiful examples the Lord has placed in the Bible for us to read and learn from. I also am super encouraged with all these stories to apply to my own life, and my own waiting. Love this, thanks for sharing! XOX

  • jennifer T
    Posted at 16:06h, 25 January Reply

    I think this bible story has so much more meaning to me after having to deal with infertility. As always, thank you for sharing this. Such a great reminder!

  • Emily (
    Posted at 20:06h, 25 January Reply

    I didn’t even know the story of Issac and Rebekkah, so thank you for enlightening us! Will have check it out. So true, that a baby doesn’t solve problems too.

  • Farin Vazquez
    Posted at 16:29h, 15 May Reply

    Great summary! This is definitely a story that comes to mind often, and although I’m not having trouble with the conception part of the deal, it’s always reassuring to read this passage and remember why exactly they were meant to wait. And the trust that we need to hold in out hearts that his timing is perfect, not our own.

    Posted at 19:06h, 06 June Reply

    Danke fuer die schoene Zeit hier. Macht weiter bitte so.
    Da kommt man gerne wieder.

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  • Tonya S
    Posted at 10:31h, 25 July Reply

    I am researching this story for my infertility group and came up with similar observations. I like your take on twins being more than we could imagine.

    I do believe she knew she was pregnant with twins because she approaches the Lord about the “jostling” in her womb. I think it’s a great reminder of a couple things: 1) God is ok with our questions. 2) Our wait/need for God doesn’t end at pregnancy.

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