The Epistle To The Romans Chapter 9:10-33 (14 of 25) by Harley Howard
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10 And not only [this]; but when Rebecca also had
conceived by one, [even] by our father Isaac;
11 (For [the children] being not yet born, neither
having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God
according to election might stand, not of works, but
of him that calleth;)
12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the
13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau
have I hated.
THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD TOWARDS HIS CHOSEN PEOPLE IS A
MATTER OF GOD'S OWN CHOOSING. It was reflected in the
distinction made between Sarah's child and Hagar's
child, between Jacob (Israel) and Esau (Edomites).
THE SELECTION OF GOD'S CHOSEN PEOPLE HAD NOTHING TO DO
WITH THE PERSONALITIES OF JACOB AND ESAU, BUT OF GOD'S
ETERNAL, ELECTIVE CHOICE. Whereas Jacob, whose name
was changed to Israel, was chosen by God as the seed
of where the spiritual line was to be born, Esau was
not in that part of God's plan which is seen by how
God felt about him.
14 What shall we say then? [Is there] unrighteousness
with God? God forbid.
Someone then would naturally object, as they do today,
that God is unrighteous in selecting one against
another in His sovereign plan. That given the right
set of circumstances, the right environment, the right
counciling, which God could have easily created, Esau
may have been turned around. Given the record that
BOTH of these men were anything BUT Godly at the
first, the question should be, "how can God show any
favoritism towards Jacob, after all, he was no angel."
Paul says that there is no injustice in the selection
process by God, in fact he says it in rather strong
terms. "May it never be!" or "No, not ever."
15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I
will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I
will have compassion.
The selection process of God to His spiritual childre ...
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