2 “I have loved you,” says the Lord.
“But you ask, ‘How have you loved us?’
“Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the Lord. “Yet I have loved Jacob, 3 but Esau I have hated, and I have turned his hill country into a wasteland and left his inheritance to the desert jackals.” Malachi 1:2-3 NIV
“The words love and hate should be understood in their covenantal sense as ‘chosen’ and ‘not chosen.’ Since God chose Jacob to fulfill the Abrahamic covenant, He loved him. Since God did not choose Esau, He hated him. God went against the standard rules regarding the priority of the firstborn son by electing Jacob. According to the apostle Paul, this choice took place prior to the birth of the twins (Romans 9:10-12).” (Fries, Micah, et al., Exalting Jesus in Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi: Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary, p. 207)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for going against the standard rules of this world that emphasize performance, social class, strength, wealth, popularity, external beauty, and power. Thank you for choosing me before I was even born to know you and be your own. I am in awe of your grace. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Let’s sing to the song “Love So High” by Hillsong Worship (click here).