Three of the references are in the New Testament. He loved Rachel more, but he treated Leah with kindness. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright. Two twin brothers who were from the same tribe, same family and had the same parents, rasied in the same household but with two very different outcomes because of the decisions they made. Esau and his family do not have this relationship.
Did God hate Esau, and if so, can't we say God hates a lot of other people too? I honestly don't believe God hated anyone, and that Im obviously misunderstanding something maybe a translation issue? This was God speaking to Esau's brother, I dont remember his name. This word expresses both deep affection and loyalty in all types of human relationship marriage, Gen. She knew before they were born that the elder would serve the younger. Esau co-mingled with, and added settlements to Canaan. For a time, God specified a particular people to show His preference, presence, and mercy to.
The Biblical moral universe is not based in Karma, where for every good action there is a blessing and for every evil deed there is a curse. The choice had already been made by God before they were even born. It means what it says: Esau was evil, because he did evil things, so God hated him. To hate someone is to count him as an enemy and to treat him as an enemy. The word here is also μισεω. This shows how little Esau valued the privilege of leading God's chosen people : And Esau may have led a certain number of people but Jacob's was the greater destiny - he became Israel and literally founded the nation. Now, what can we discern from the story of the Bible about Esau that explains why God would hate him or at least not prefer him.
In Jeremiah 44 verse 4, the abominable thing I hate, says God. But God, who is impartial and will bless all and has saved all with His promises already, does have the right to choose and delegate who His servants are and in what measure He gives them gifts. He only asked that we regard them as less important than Him, which is completely reasonable given who He is. Just like a natural father would do to their kids which they love and will never abandon. The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away. The door of salvation was open for both of these men and to all of their descendants.
In fact, read Revelation chapters 2 and 3 to see the extent of this corruption in the churches before the end of the first century. The Lord does not regard their capacity to rebuild as wishful thinking, but instead works out his hatred for Edom by destroying whatever progress they make. I guess the moral of that story might be that even if God hates our brother, it doesn't mean that we should. Luke 14:26 gives another example of the biblical use of the term hated. The hearers of Pauls words would have been familiar with Hebrew Scriptures. So Esau is a nation, or people group nation is a little generous. More critical still is to recognize that what God hated is not specifically Esau, for Malachi 1:3 was written many centuries after he had died, nor was God saying He hates the people of Edom.
Paul actually quotes Malachi one when he writes in Romans about God loving Jacob but hating Esau. All of his attention were given to things of the world, and to pleasures of the flesh. Yet Jesus challenges us to love those that hurt us. He anticipated Esau's murderous intent, and gave his love and honor to the one who God had hated. Most likely, God loved the person we know as Esau, brother of Jacob and son of Isaac. Why would God make such a statement after so long? Would you like to answer one of these instead? He does not and you better not. God Loved Jacob However, despite their sins against Him, God had already given Jacob a promise that he would be blessed Gen 26:2-5.
Before quoting Malachi 1:2-3, Paul quotes Genesis 25:23, in which God states that Esau the elder son would serve Jacob the younger son. The Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible explains this: The pictograph is a picture of a thorn, then is a picture of seed. Not only so, but his purpose was not kept secret in some mysterious eternal decree, but revealed to Rebecca. It's about making a choice as part of a plan. The center of God is love. This article is adapted from edited by Iain M.
Jacob and his family have a particularly relationship with Israel's God, Yahweh. God did not declare hatred for Esau from the time Esau was conceived until the times of Moses. But not so of one blood made all of mankind. Would God hold us to a higher standard than He holds Himself to? Hints: 1 Galatians 2 The flesh vs the spirit — the two natures of believers. I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies. People need to get over themselves and think they are worthy of anything besides eternal damnation. Centuries before the common Hebrew block script used today was formed, the language began as a type of pictographic script.
Post navigation Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. It means his life orientation was to shirk his responsibilities to go hunting. While the Israelites were repeopling and cultivating their land, and their cities were rising from their ruins, and the temple and the capital were rebuilt, Edom, which had suffered at the hand of the same enemies, had never recovered from the blow, and still lay a scene of desolation and ruin. Why not throw another figure of speech? The choice had already been made by God before they were even born. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.