First sesson of the True Church Conference 2010 “The Quagmire of Hyper-Calvinism” was led by David Miller.
David Miller’s text was Malachi 1:1-5. The world needs to experience God’s unconditional love for sinners.
The first point: Jacob have I loved
The second point: and Esau have I hated
1. Jacob Have I Loved
By an act of God’s will, he singled Jacob out and set him as the object of divine affections. And if God loved Jacob, then he might love me too. After all, look at who Jacob was. His name means “supplanter.” But in Malachi’s day, the Israelites (Jacob) wanted proof of God’s love. And God gave them proof by showing the desolation of Esau (Edom) as compared to the restoration of Jacob. And even we today question God’s love for us and want proof. Is not our current circumstances proof of God’s love?
How did God love Jacob? What was the manner of his love?
a. God loved Jacob sovereignly and freely. Not what was deserved. He loves because He wants to.
b. God loves Jacob with selectivity and favoritism.
c. God did not see something special in Jacob. Nothing in Jacob’s life commended him to God.
2. Esau Have I Hated
Esau had an awesome heritage, great privileges, advantages. He was as much a gift to Isaac and Rebecca as Jacob was. He was the first born. He was destined to be the leader of the family. The promises and the covenant should have been his. He was his father’s favorite. He was a man’s man. But just one problem. God hated Esau.
What does it mean “Esau have I hated”?
a. It does not mean a relative comparison of God’s love for Esau was just less than His love for Jacob. This does not fit the context.
b. It does not mean that God just passed over Esau. That does not fit the context.
c. It does not mean that God loved Esau but hated his sin. That does not fit the context.
d. It means God had a settled opposition, a disdain, antagonism against Esau. That fits the context.
God hated Esau because:
a. Esau sowed to flesh
b. Esau hated what God loved
c. Esau wanted the praise of man
But there is a problem. Jacob was the same way. God had as much reason to hate Jacob as He had to hate Esau. And the same is true of everyone. Even the elect.
So why did God love Jacob and hate Esau? Because that’s what God decided to do.