10 Not only that, but Rebekah’s children were conceived at the same time by our father Isaac. 11 Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad—in order that God’s purpose in election might stand: 12 not by works but by him who calls—she was told, “The older will serve the younger.”[a] 13 Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”[b]
14 What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! 15 For he says to Moses,
“I will have mercy on whom I have mercy,
and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”
Vs 10: Rebekah’s kids had the same father-Isaac.
Vs 11-12: Before the twins were born or had done anything bad, in order that GOD’s Election might stand, their mother was told the older shall serve the younger. It was not by works, but by HIM who calls.
Election (or Divine Favour) exists. What does ‘Election’ mean? You are Elected by GOD not because you have faith. Or are holy or righteous or pure. GOD simply chose you because HE WANTED TO. There’s no objective criteria. And nobody knows GOD’s Mind (except the HOLY SPIRIT). GOD foreknew you. You have been elected by HIS Grace before the Foundation of Creation was laid (Ephesians 1:4). There’s no exact specific reason or criterion. GOD SIMPLY CHOSE YOU. If you get this, you probably have some understanding of election. It is one concept only the HOLY SPIRIT can explain well.
There are some things or mysteries we will never understand or get answers to until we get to Heaven. Like why somebody is not given a chance to prove himself, but has been predestined to act in a certain way or doing things, so that GOD’s Purpose is fulfilled. GOD created Pharoah so that HE may show HIS wonders through HIM. GOD hardened his heart so that he can do horrible things (Exodus 9:12). However, did he make Heaven despite the fact that he did those things so that GOD’s Purpose could be fulfilled, and so that the whole world may see HIS Glory? GOD is unquestionable.
I am not lamenting above. I’m saying these things to make us realize that we are blessed. Why? GOD predestined us to be Brethren of CHRIST (Romans 8: 29). We’re not the ‘Pharaohs’ & ‘Judas Iscariots’ chosen to bring GOD’s Purpose to pass. WE SHOULD ALWAYS GLORIFY GOD. HE’S TOO AWESOME & GLORIOUS & FAITHFUL TO FAIL. REMEMBER: DREAD AND FEAR HIM. THANK GOD ALWAYS FOR YOUR STATION IN LIFE. YOU ARE BETTER OFF THAN THOSE IN THE WORLD WHO SEEMINGLY HAVE EVERYTHING, BUT WILL PERISH IN HELL FOR THE REST OF ETERNITY.
Vs 13: GOD loved Jacob, and hated Esau before they were born. GOD formed them and determined their destinies.
Vs14: shall we say GOD is unjust? No. For there’s no unrighteousness or wickedness in GOD (Ps 92:15)
Vs 15: GOD will have Mercy on who HE will have mercy on; HE will have compassion on whom HE will have compassion on (see also Ex 33: 19).
It is not by power or might or by man’s effort. Nobody can influence or change who GOD will have mercy on. Can the pot challenge the potter? No. Thus, we cannot challenge GOD on this point. HOWEVER, WE SHOULD ALWAYS GLORIFY GOD THAT WE ARE AMONG THOSE HE HAS CHOSEN TO HAVE MERCY ON. HE HAS CHOSEN TO HAVE COMPASSION ON US. WE DID NOT AND DO NOT DESERVE IT, BUT GOD HAS ELECTED US IN HIS MERCY. WE ARE BETTER THN THOSE WHO ARE ENJOYING THEMSELVES IN THE WORLD NOW, BUT ARE BEING PREPARED FOR EVERLASTING DESTRUCTION. IF THEY HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF HAVING MY EYES OPEN, THEY WILL COME TO CHRIST TO AVOID DESTRUCTION. WE HAVE EVERYTHING LAID ON THE PLATE OF SALVATION. AS WE EAT FROM IT EVERYDAY AND EVRYTIME, REMEMBER TO GLORIFY GOD FOR THE PRIVILEGE.
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GOD bless you all ♥♥♥
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