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Is There Any Partiality With God? What Does God Mean By “Jacob I Loved and Esau I Hated?”(Part Three)
|Posted on May 30, 2014 at 6:32 PM||comments (0)|
Texts: Malachi 1:1-3; Romans 9:10-13
I'll conclude the introduction of this controversial topic in this section. Part III focuses on the objectives and the summary of each major topic.
The objectives of this study are to
Here is the summary of the major topics proposed for this study:
1: No Partiality with God. This sub-topic proves that God is impartial. It points to the true meaning of the texts and is supported by appropriate Scripture references to substantiate my claim. God is sovereign; that is, He does what He pleases. He is not confined to our culture. On many occasions, God by-passed the birthright honor among His people in election for His redemptive plan.
II: God Hates Sin and Not Sinner. In this study, I’ll focus on the objection of those who think that God hated Esau as a person. I argue extensively that God also loved Esau but hated his sin of rejecting God’s election and sovereignty. However, God’s election does not necessarily imply a curse upon the person rejected. God elected Isaac in His redemptive plan and rejected Ishmael, the first born of Abraham from Hagar, Sarah’s handmaid. God said to Abraham that Ishmael would be a great nation (Gen 17: 20). This implies blessings. We can deduce from this to conclude that the election of Jacob instead of Esau does not mean Esau was cursed on the face of this earth. The Bible reveals God’s blessings on Jacob and Esau (Gen 25: 23; 33: 9; 36: 1ff), and He also punished them for the sins they committed. The key blessing of Jacob was his election initiated in Genesis 25: 22-23. The Prophet Malachi, in his covenant language, reaffirmed the rejection of Esau and the selection of Jacob.
III: The Geographical Locations of Jacob and Esau Today. This topic traces the location of Jacob and Esau. A careful study of the rivalry between them to this day. The eschatological (end-time) facts about this family will be discussed. There are great insights in this major controversial topic: What does God mean by “Jacob I loved and Esau I hated?” My desire is to prove that God’s election is not partiality. Other scholars believe that the texts indicate God’s hatred for Esau as a person. Consider this question again before casting your vote in this debate: “If God hates sinners, then why did Christ lay down his life for sinners on the Cross of Cavalry?”
To be continued.