Jacob I Loved, Esau I hate

     Jacob I loved and Esau I hated       Romans 9:13

Romans 9:14-18 What shall we say to that? Is God to be charged with injustice? Certainly not! He says to Moses; I will have mercy on those to whom I show mercy and pity on those to whom I give pity.

Thus, it does not depend on human will or effort, but on God’s will. Cyrus and Pharaoh were raised up in order to carry out His plans.

Romans 9:19-26 Then how is it that God judges error, if no one can resist His will? We are all as pots in the hand of the Potter, we cannot argue with our Maker. Isaiah 64:8

But if it is indeed God’s purpose to display His justice and make His power known, can it be that He has with great patience tolerated vessels that were objects of retribution destined for destruction? This is in order to show the extent of His power and glory to those other vessels prepared for His mercy and honour.

We are those vessels of mercy, whom He has called from among Jews and Gentiles alike, as He says in Hosea; Those who were not My people, I will call My people and the unloved, I will call loved. They will be called Children of God.

Romans 9:27-29 Isaiah says; Though the Israelites be a vast number, only a remnant shall be saved. The Lord’s sentence on the Land is final, but Jacobs descendants will not die out.   A vast number? must refer to all 12 tribes, not just Judah]

Romans 9:30-33 This is truth; The Gentiles achieved righteousness based on their faith, [Christians]  whereas the Jews made great efforts to keep a Law of righteousness, but never attained to it.

Why was this? Because their efforts were not based on faith, but, mistakenly, on deeds. They tripped over the “stone” mentioned in scripture: Here I lay in Zion, a stone to stumble against, but he who has faith in it will not be put to shame.

Romans 10:4 For Jesus Christ is the end of the Law and brings righteousness to everyone who has faith in Him.

Romans 10:10-13 Faith in your heart leads to righteousness and confession on your lips leads to salvation. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. In this    there is no distinction between Jew or Gentile, for the same Lord is Lord of all and has riches enough for all who call on Him.

Romans 11:25 There is a Divine secret here; this partial hardening has come on Israel  [the Jews] only until the Gentiles have been admitted in full strength, once that has happened, the whole of Israel [every faithful Christian] will be saved.

Romans 12:11-12 With unflagging zeal, aglow with the Spirit, serve the Lord. Let hope keep you joyful, in trouble stand firm and persist in prayer. V21 Do not let evil conquer you, but use good to conquer evil.

Romans 13:14 Let Jesus Himself be the armour that you wear and give your unspiritual nature no opportunity to satisfy its desires.

Ref: REB. Some verses abridged. e