The children struggled together within her, and she said, “If it is thus, why is this happening to me?”[b] So she went to inquire of the Lord. 23 And the Lord said to her,
“Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples from within you[c] shall be divided;
the one shall be stronger than the other,
the older shall serve the younger.” (Genesis 25:22-23)
As you journey through Scripture this year, you’re going to notice a consistent theme: the firstborn is rarely the leader or the recipient of the blessing. From Isaac, to Jacob, to Joseph, to Ephraim, to Moses, to David, to Solomon, it always seems to be the second or twelfth or eighth or fifth son that is the child of promise, the child of blessing, the child who will be king. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find a firstborn given prominence or pre-eminence.
Except for one. Jesus. The firstborn among many brothers (Romans 8:29). The firstborn of all creation (Colossians 1:18). The firstborn from among the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth (Revelation 1:5).
I wonder if part of the reason is that all Scripture is intended to point to Jesus. God tells His story in Scripture in a way to emphasize that there is ONE hero. There is ONE perfect, unblemished sacrifice. And there is ONE firstborn who upholds the universe by the word of His power (Hebrews 1:3). He’s where the joy is!