Conntecting the Dots

Rebekah the Cunning

Rebekah may have been gorgeous on the outside, but her inside could have used a makeover. Genesis 27 reads like a soap opera as it tells the tale of her deceit.

First, she plays favorites with her son Jacob, convincing him to lie to his father to receive his brother’s blessing. As if her own deceitfulness wasn’t enough, she drags her boy into it, too. No “Mother of the Year” award for her!

When brother Esau discovers what’s happened, he plots to kill Jacob. Someone catches wind of the plan and reports it to Rebekah, so she tells Jacob that he’d best leave town in a hurry. Rather than tell her husband Isaac the truth about all the trouble she’s caused, she hints at Jacob’s need to leave by saying he needs a wife, “I’m sick and tired of these Hittite women,” she says. “I’d rather die than see Jacob marry one of them.”

Goodness….this woman seems to have an issue with integrity. She has a cunning heart, one that’s sly and sneaky. The result? Deceit, division, and disappointment within her family.

What a difference between Rebekah and the woman described in Proverbs 31! The heart of her husband trusts in her, and her children stand and bless her.

Rebekah stands on the left. Proverbs 31 lady stands on the right. Which one do I resemble? I hate to admit it, but without Christ in my life, I’m just like Rebekah — sly and sneaky, trying to control things so they turn out the way I want them to. Playing favorites. Telling lies.

What’s the secret to becoming more like Proverbs 31 lady, whose beauty is more than skin deep? Verse 30 says, “Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the LORD will be greatly praised.”

There it is — the fear of the Lord. Respecting Him, honoring Him, obeying Him, giving Him the reverence that He’s due. Rebekah slipped up in that department, and her entire family paid the price. May God guard our hearts so true beauty — His beauty — shines from within and blesses those around us.

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