January 15: God’s unique relationship with Israel

Paul’s letter to the Romans is one of the most convincing arguments for what is called the “pre-determination of God.” That means that God has determined our lives before we were born, thus eliminating man’s free will to make his own life choices. These two opposing ideas continue to be argued among Christians.

God chose:

  • Abraham
  • Isaac instead of Ishmael
  • Jacob instead of Esau
  • Israel instead of other nations
  • David instead of his brothers

Romans 9:10-12

And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls), it was said to her, “The older shall serve the younger.” 

It is easier to understand God’s choice of Isaac (son of promise) versus Ishmael (son of flesh), but what about Jacob over Esau? They were twins!

Romans 9: 13

As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.”

The challenges here are not only God’s sovereign choice, but His love for one twin and His hatred of the other. How can the God of love, hate? The answer to that question is found in the historical hatred between the twins and the words recorded in Malachi 1:2-3.

PRAY FOR ISRAEL TO FULFILL GOD’S PLANS AND PURPOSES.

Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth. Photo: Noam Chen
Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth.
Photo: Noam Chen

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