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The First Mama’s Boy of the Bible

While the apostle Paul warns first century Christians about having favorites, each person is drawn toward certain personality types. Some human beings naturally mesh, clicking as if they have been lifelong friends. Meanwhile, others struggle to find anything in common due to different gifts and talents. Subsequently, one sibling may relate better to their mother while the father leans toward more athletic and manly children.

Afterward his brother came forth, and his hand grasped Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob [supplanter]. Isaac was sixty years old when she gave birth to them, Genesis 25:26.

According to Moses, Esau was the athletic child in Isaac’s family. Esau blossomed into a great hunter, likely with a bow and arrow. Unable to compete with his brother, Jacob appears to have stayed in the kitchen, learning to cook with his mother Rebekah. Although there is no mention of boys from the neighborhood teasing Jacob, Moses is clear that he is the first mama’s boy of the Bible.

When the boys grew up, Esau was a cunning and skilled hunter, a man of the outdoors; but Jacob was a plain and quiet man, dwelling in tents. 28 And Isaac loved [and was partial to] Esau, because he ate of Esau’s game; but Rebekah loved Jacob, Genesis 25:27-28.

If your mother is athletic or you share similar hobbies and interests, this isn’t a bad thing. As a former mama’s boy myself, my mother was an incredible woman growing up. Besides possessing the ability to be a professional bowler, my mom was content with being a housewife who eventually developed into a successful real estate agent In the end, Jacob’s mom played a role in him becoming the father of a great nation. What God began in Abraham, was brought forth through the life and children of Jacob.

by Jay Mankus


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