Romans 9

Romans 9:13

Just as it is written, “JACOB I LOVED, BUT ESAU I HATED.”

If God so loved the world (John 3:16), why does he hate Esau? He doesn’t. Paul is quoting an old prophecy (Mal. 1:2-3) to show how God chose one of the twins (Jacob) but not the other (Esau). The descendants of Jacob (the Israelites) received the favor of God but the descendants of Esau (the Edomites) did not. God chose Israel to display the riches of his glory to the world (Rom. 9:23). He was advertising, in other words. He blessed one nation so that they might reveal his goodness to others.

Sadly, the Israelites were not good ambassadors of God’s favor, but God’s plan was not thwarted. From among their number came Jesus who died for the whole world – including the descendants of Esau.

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