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by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

A sermon preached at the Fundamentalist Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles
Wednesday Evening, July 11, 2001

"Was not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the Lord: yet I loved Jacob, and I hated Esau…" (Malachi 1:2-3). 

"As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated" (Romans 9:13).

Why did God love Jacob but hate Esau? Jacob was actually more sinful than Esau – yet God loved Jacob and hated Esau. Why?

 I. Esau was a person who did not think about God.

"Lest there be any profane person…as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright" (Hebrews 12:16).

"Bebelos [profane] is that which lacks all relationship or affinity [connection] to God" – W. E. Vine.

Esau never thought much about God! "Esau hated Jacob" (Genesis 27:41); "When he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it (either the inheritance or the blessing – never God!) carefully with tears" (Hebrews 12:17). 

1. Do you think about God?

2. Do you communicate with God?

3. Do you think about offending God?

"The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts " (Psalm 10:4).

We could translate it,

"in all his thoughts there is no room for God."

The words "pride of his countenance" refer to a sneering look. I can see that boy's sneering face, though I forgot his name. I have seen that sort of face so many times across the years in Baptist churches.

 II. Jacob was a person who thought about God.

1. He was sinful.

(1) He stole his brother's blessing.

(2) He lied.

2. But he was God-conscious.

"Surely the Lord is in this place, and I knew it not" (Genesis 28:16-17 – at Bethel).

"And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! This is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven."

"The God of my father hath been with me" (Genesis 31:5 – in Haran).

"And Jacob was left alone, and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day" (Genesis 32:24).

"And he (Jacob) said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me" (Genesis 32:26).

3. Esau was actually less sinful than Jacob – but he had no God. He was like many church kids. Actually many Old Testament people who were saved were far worse morally than Jacob – Lot, Abraham and David, for instance. But they had God. Esau had no real God.

4. Jacob wrestled alone (inwardly) with God until he found Christ.

Jacob was in many ways the worse of the two morally. But he came to sense the reality of God – which led to his conversion.

1. Is there a God?

2. Have you thought about a holy God?

3. Have you offended God by sin?

4. Do you have a heart that is offensive to God?

5. How can you someday meet God without being cleansed by the Blood of His Son?


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