As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.”–Romans 9:13
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!
“For who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has become His counselor?”
“Or who has first given to Him
And it shall be repaid to him?”
For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.– Romans 11: 33-36
When we read Romans 9:13, most of us wonder why did God hate Esau? If you read through the passages about Esau, they show that he was a man of flesh and impulse, but mostly he seemed to have a total disregard for the covenant that God made with Abraham (his birthright).
Perhaps the better question is why did God love Jacob? Was it because Jacob was “a man after God’s own heart” like David was? Or was it because Jacob lived so righteously and piously that God loved him? Certainly not. Jacob was an underhanded, self-serving usurper from the start. Most everything he did was motivated by self-interest.
This begs the question of why does God love us? Any of us? He knows us down to our motivations. He knows that in and of ourselves, we can do nothing with a pure motive. In essence, he knows the heart and that is one thing that Jesus emphasized. As Jeremiah 17:9 says: “The heart is deceitful and desperately wicked. Who can know it?”
“There is none righteous, no, not one;
There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God.
They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one.– Romans 3:10-12
It is easy to see why a righteous God would hate all of us sinners, but why would He love any of us? God’s love obviously has nothing to do with who we are or what we do. What then, is the reason that God loves us? Our answer is plain and short. It is because of who He is. God is love.
He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. – 1stJohn 4:8-10
God is love. He doesn’t just love, He IS love. This is not the squishy kind of love that Oprah and some charlatan preachers talk about. This is action!!!
May we stay mindful that God’s love has everything to do with Him and nothing to do with us.And who He is does not change, even when we "miss the mark."