• Jacob Have I Loved, But Esau Have I Hated (Romans 9:13)

Jacob Have I Loved, But Esau Have I Hated (Romans 9:13)
WHY IS THIS? Why did God love Jacob? Why did He hate Esau? We will take one ques-tion at a time, for the reason why some people get into a muddle in theology is be--cause they try to answer two questions with one answer.
WHY DID GOD LOVE JACOB? I am not at all puzzled to answer this, because when I turn to the Word of God, I read this text, “Not for your sakes, do I this saith the Lord God, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your ways 0 house of Israel” (Ezekiel 36:32). I am not at a loss to tell you that it could not be for any good thing in Jacob that God loved him, because I am told that “the children be-ing not yet born, neither hav-ing done any good or evil, that the purpose of God, according to election might stand, not of works but of Him that cal-leth” (Romans 9:11). I can tell you the reason why God loved Jacob; it is sovereign grace. There was nothing in Jacob that could make God love him; there was everything about him that might have made God hate him, as much as He did Esau, and a great deal more. Jacob was loved of God, simply on the footing of free grace.
WHY DID GOD HATE ESAU? I am not going to mix this question up with the oth-er, they are entirely distinct,
and I intend to keep them so. One answer will not do for two questions, they must be taken separately, and then can be answered satisfactorily. WHY DOES GOD HATE ANY MAN? I defy anyone to give any answer but this, be--cause that man deserves it; no reply but that can ever be true. If God deals with any man se-verely, it is because that man deserves all he gets. In hell there will not be a solitary soul that will say to God, “O Lord, you have treated me worse than I deserve!” But every lost spirit will be made to feel that he has got his deserts, that his destruc-tion lies at his own door and not at the door of God; that God had nothing to do with his con-demnation, except as the Judge condemns the criminal, but that he himself brought damna-tion upon his own head, as the result of his own evil works.
Justice is that which damns a man; it is mercy, it is free grace, that saves; sovereignty holds the scale of love; it is justice which holds the other scale. Now, have I not answered these two questions honestly? I have endeavored to give a scriptural reason for the dealings of God with men. He saves men by grace, and if men perish they perish by their own fault. Folks read your Bibles.
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PostedMarch 06, 2018