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|Posted on July 7, 2014 at 1:41 PM||comments (0)|
Texts: Malachi 1:1-3; Roman 9:8-13
In Part One, I discussed in the introduction that God is not partial. However, in God’s election, Esau was not selected. The word “hate” was used in Malachi’s prophecy (Mal 1: 1-3) at this time in direct reference to Esau’s rejection of God's sovereignty and had persistently fought against Jacob in revenge. God’s election for His redemptive purpose is not partiality.
God does what He pleases. In addressing God’s election in Roman 9: 8-13, Paul compares the election of the Gentiles to faith in Christ to that of the election of Jacob instead of Esau before they were born (Gen 25:22-23). Paul argues that no one can question God; He does what He wills. This special act of God is called sovereignty.
The objective of this Journal is to prove that God is impartial in dealing with His people. It points to the true meaning of the texts, and is also supported by appropriate Scripture references. God does not think the way we think, for His ways and thoughts are above our understanding (Isaiah 55:8-9). He is not confined to our culture. God by-passed the birthright, which is honored in many cultures, including the Jewish people, for His redemptive plan.
There are two major points to be considered under this topic. Part I defines partiality, sovereignty, and presents Scriptures to prove the impartiality of God. Part II focuses on the fact that the Gentiles’ selection was part of God’s redemptive plan. Let’s begin with the definition of partiality.
I. God is Not Partial
First, God is not partial. The Greek orator, Demosthenes believes that true knowledge starts with a definition. The question that comes to mind is, what is partiality? The Greek word for partiality is prosopolempsia. It is an inclination to favor one group or person over the other, or views or opinions over alternatives. Usually this refers to respect of one person over the other. There are several Hebrew words that translate partiality: e.g., Masso, Nasa, etc. The Answer.com online dictionary defines it as: “The state of being partial; favorable prejudice or bias; and a special fondness; a predilection.”
To be continued.