The elder shall serve the younger is a common theme in the Old Testament (that big section you have to skip to get to “the good stuff”).
One of the best examples is young Joseph being chosen to save his older brothers resulting in their worship of him. Amazing turn of events that makes no human sense. David, the youngest, was chosen over his older brothers to be king. Isaac over Ishmael and Jacob over Esau wrap up the Top Four examples.
I always thought it was just God messing with people, showing that His wisdom is the opposite of man’s wisdom. Keeping people on their toes so they don’t take things for granted.
But I recently came across an idea I think has some weight to it, see if you agree.
We are all born in the flesh and then we are called to be born again, or to be spiritually reborn. Our spirit is thus the younger and the flesh will always be the older. But by the grace of God that teaches us to deny ungodliness and by the Spirit that puts to death the deeds of the flesh, the older flesh will be in submission to the younger spirit!
I like that. I’m sure this is not original with me, I sort of kind of saw it in the writings of Thomas Watson, but he did not elaborate, sort of just mentioned it in passing. That’s a cool deal though!