The Struggle Within by Elspeth Young

The Struggle Within


{ Rebekah }
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And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions…And Isaac entreated the Lord for his wife, because she was barren: and the Lord was entreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. And the children struggled within her;and she said, ‘If it be so, why am I thus?’ And she went to enquire of the Lord.

And the Lord said unto her, Two nations are in they womb…and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.

Genesis 24:60, 25:21-23

The story behind The Struggle Within

This painting of Rebekah depicts Isaac's wife as she "enquire[d] of the Lord" concerning the struggling children within her womb.  Symbolically, however, this "moment" in Rebekah's experience is indicative of the future for her two sons, who, as the Lord states, will be "two nations...two manner of people..."(Genesis 25:23).  Already within the womb, the strife between Jacob and Esau for blessing and birthright was apparent.  The theme of this painting is that the Lord answers our prayers when we come to Him in faith.  His word is the ultimate solution to all the struggles we may face, at times "within."

Symbolism in The Struggle Within

Rebekah stands, looking toward the barren landscape just outside the door of her tent.  She is also, symbolically, looking toward the light—representing the Savior—as she prayerfully contemplates the struggling children within her womb.  Since Genesis 25:11 tells us that Isaac "dwelt by the well Lahai-roi" [believed to be located in the Negeb desert bordering Egypt (Blaiklock 53)], a desert landscape appears beyond the tent door.

Rebekah was childless twenty years before she bore Esau and Jacob (see Genesis 25:20,26) and so, even though we do not know Rebekah's exact age, she is depicted here as middle aged.

According to Biblical scholar James Freeman, Arab tents were made of camel or goat skin draped over poles varying in number according to the size and shape of the tent (Freeman 242).  These structural poles were, "...made useful by having hooks driven into them from which [were] suspended clothes, baskets, saddles, weapons, and various other articles of daily use" (Freeman 245).  Accordingly, the viewer sees baskets and fabrics draped along the tent pole behind the figure.

Rebekah's costume is loosely based on the type of block printing visible in the design of costumes worn by the women in the wall painting of the Beni Hasan tomb (Robinson 15). The blue dye of the fabrics she wears could have been produced from indigo, a plant dye dating back to Egypt in 2500 B.C. (Robinson 24).

The plant to the right of the figure is the lentile (lens culinaris).  It is used here to symbolize the time recorded in Genesis 25:29-34 when Esau sells Jacob his birthright for a "pottage of lentiles" (Genesis 25:34).
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