by Jeff Schreve

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Why Does God Hate Esau? (2 of 9)
Series: God's Last Word to a Lost Generation
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Malachi 1

We're going to look at some verses that we looked at last week in the kickoff to our study on the Book of Malachi, called “God's Last Word to a Lost Generation.” And we had shared about how Malachi is a book of questions, where God makes a statement and His people question Him with kind of a surly little attitude. And then, God is going to deal with that attitude and deal with the fact that His people are wandering away from Him. And I've entitled this sermon series, “God's Last Word to a Lost Generation.” And God is speaking to His own people, but His own people were kind of going in the wrong direction. And so, God said to them, as He says to us in our generation, “Return to Me and I will return to you.”

Now there's an interesting thing that comes up in the first few verses in Malachi, and it's this statement where the LORD says, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” And we read that and we think, Wow, why would God say that He hated Esau?

Now, if you were here last week, you know that we had talked about when God uses that term, it's not that God is red-faced and says, “O, Esau, I hate you,” as much as He's saying, “I chose Jacob over Esau.” Now that's one way to look at it. I think that is the main way that the Lord intends us to understand that. But there's also a deeper meaning. It's more subtle, but it's down deep, and it does speak of God's attitude toward Esau and toward Esau's descendants. God says, “I hate Esau, and I have indignation toward his descendants forever.” Hey, think about the things that you hate. How many people in here hate beets, may I see your hands? Look at that. I don't like beets at all. How many people in here hate brussel sprouts? You hate brussel sprouts? Brussel sprouts smell like somebody's stinky feet, have you ever noticed that (laughter). That's like I have a hard time with brussel sprouts. Some people hate brocc ...

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