Keeper of His Home

by Chelsea McCafferty

Sarah and Rebekah – Manipulators

on August 4, 2012

I was pondering Sarah (wife of Abraham) and her daughter-in-law Rebekah (wife of Isaac) and the similarities between the two. Their stories can be found in the book of Genesis. While Sarah and Rebekah never met due to Sarah’s death just prior to Isaac taking his bride, the two had much in common. Both women were sometimes good examples of wives who follow their husbands. Sarah followed Abraham out into the unknown without so much as an explanation when Abraham heard from the Lord. Rebekah followed Abraham’s servant to become the wife of Isaac, whom she didn’t even know. She didn’t even question the Lord’s plan but followed.

While in some ways these women were good examples, I can’t help but see how they were also both bad examples of manipulating their husbands. Sarah wanted an heir for Abraham and, instead of waiting on the Lord to fulfill His promise of a son, she persuaded her husband to conceive a child with her handmaid. This led to much heartache, pain and strife for generations to come (as we can clearly see in the constant warring between the Arabs (the descendents of Ishmael) and the Jews (descendents of Isaac).

Rebekah also manipulated her husband Isaac. She too was unwilling to listen to the Lord. He had promised that the younger of her twin sons, Jacob, would lead and the elder, Esau, would serve him. Still, despite God’s promised plan, when Rebekah thought her husband would give the blessing to Esau instead of Jacob, she persuaded her son Jacob to deceiver his father—her husband—again leading to a family and nations torn apart.

What can we learn from these two women? Ladies whenever we take matters into our own hands and think that we can accomplish God’s bidding in our own flesh through manipulation and wicked planning we will bring destruction on our homes and families. God never desires us to deceive our husbands or manipulate them, even to achieve what seems at the time a worthy mission. We need to trust the Lord, honor our husbands and leave the rest in God’s hands! Amen!

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