romans 9:13 commentary

Both he and his mother were undoubtedly to blame, much to blame, as to the way in which he obtained his father’s blessing, to the prejudice of Esau, while the revealed purpose of God formed no apology for their conduct. The vessels of the one description were the ‘remnant’ which should be saved, the ‘seed’ which the Lord of Sabbath had left, verses 27, 29. λ.) As we look at Romans chapter 9, remember one thing—observation, interpretation, application. Is there room for hope? 2. Romans 9:10-13 The way Paul explains this love-hate concept shows God displayed His "hatred" before either Esau or Jacob had ever done a thing, and that His choice of Jacob expressed His love. That God gives to some men favours that He withholds from others, which is a truth too obvious for debate. When the Romans attacked a city it was sometimes their custom to set up a white flag at the city gate. I have never yet met with a man even professing to be a Christian who ever said that his coming to God was the result of his unassisted nature. He goes up to Bethel, and renews his covenant when God bids him. 13. “Had not I better pray?” It does not say so; it says, take the water of life. In the same place God likewise declares His dealings towards the posterity of Esau; but the words here quoted expressly refer to Jacob and Esau personally. Grace does not run in the blood; nor are saving benefits always found with outward church privileges. He delights not to make His subjects slaves; exacts not of them any servile or fearful, but a generous and cheerful obedience. “He is a propitiation … for the sins of the whole world.”. This is explained in Malachi 1:3,” And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness;” compare Jeremiah 49:17-18; Ezekiel 35:6. "Family Bible New Testament". Comp. ‘The days of mourning for my father are at hand, then will I slay my brother Jacob.’. See Genesis 25:23. They love God. While it is evident that Jacob possessed the fear of God, which was not the case with respect to Esau, — and therefore that the one was born of God, and the other remained a child of nature, — yet there is so much palpable imperfection and evil in Jacob, as to manifest that God did not choose him for the excellence of his foreseen works. But the man says: “Do not stop here, go to the top floor of the factory, and you will see the idea fully carried out.” I do so, and having come to the top, see the complete pattern of an exquisite shawl. We have additional evidence in these statements of the prophet’s reference to peoples as distinguished from individuals in the plural “we,” “ye,” etc. Esau lost his birthright; but he sold it himself and for a mess of pottage. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. III. Because, if what was prognosticated of the respective posterities of the persons mentioned in the prophecies were the object in view, it would prove that the children of the flesh, as far, at least, as the children of Israel were concerned, were counted for the seed. Had it been so, he must have included himself, and also those Jews whom, in the 24th verse, he says God had called. Visit our library of inductive Bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the Bible you can use in your small group. Edom has perished. It is evident that the quotation from the Old Testament of these words, ‘Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated,’ is here made by the Apostle with the design of illustrating the great truth which he is laboring through the whole of this chapter to substantiate; namely, that in the rejection of the great body of the Jewish nation, as being ‘vessels of wrath,’ while He reserved for Himself a remnant among them as ‘vessels of mercy,’ verses 22, 23, neither the purpose nor the promises of God had failed. The work of the Spirit is consistent with the original laws and constitution of human nature. BibliographyBarnes, Albert. There is no succession of thought in the Eternal Mind. ), To sin because mercy abounds is the devil’s logic. But they do many, many inconsistent and very bad things. I have adverted to it more fully, because, as formerly observed, it brings a palpable charge of falsehood and dishonesty against the inspired writers, representing them as quoting the language of the Holy Spirit in a meaning which He did not intend to convey, and as confirmatory of their own doctrine, when they knew that what they advanced was merely a fanciful accommodation of words. The declarations of God by the Prophet in the above quoted passage are fully substantiated throughout the Scriptures, both in regard to His loving Jacob and hating Esau personally; and likewise in regard to the indignation which He manifested against Esau’s descendants. We are unable to discover them, but that He has the highest reasons for His conduct we are bound to believe. The walls were rebuilt. And yet “all have come short of the glory of God”; so that there is unless there supervene some great change or new creation, overhanging all, both Gentiles and Jews, a lurid thundercloud of doom. Specific Behavioral Principles to Guide Moral Discernment (Romans 12:9–21) Living Under the Power of God (Romans 13) Welcoming—Living Peacefully with Different Values and Opinions (Romans 14–15) Welcoming Overcomes 2. BibliographyWesley, John. It is well for us that God, Who rules over all, sees the whole man as a whole, and that He does not pronounce judgment on him in sections. He has a perfect right to determine those principles and direct the application of them. 1765. a. There is in them, just as in the Saviour’s remark regarding the camel and the needle’s eye, something of bold hyperbolism. But observe, 1. But I remember, he that writes a commentary must not too far involve himself in controversy. Some are” born heathens, etc., So that however humbling to our pride it may be, yet God does bestow favours on some which He withholds from others. BibliographyAbbott, John S. C. & Abbott, Jacob. He chooses us from antecedent justifying faith unto a future persevering, fructifying, and glorifying faith. II. [ Malachi 1:2 Septuagint.] Copyright StatementThese files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. This is on the principle that the word Scripture signifies the word of God. 3. (J. Lyth, D.D.). He showed consideration at least the second time, in the selection of his wives (Genesis 28:8-9). The theory that salvation depends upon our own will--. We see him also taking women of Canaan as his wives, although he had the example before him of Abraham’s concern that Isaac should not marry any of the daughters of that country. To be hated on account of Adam’s sin and of their own corrupt nature, is common to all men with Esau who are not of the elect of God; and in Esau’s case this is exhibited in one instance. Sinner, to-day the white flag of mercy is out. It was otherwise with Edom. He is resolved to dispense His bounty to whomsoever He pleases. In the statements “On whomsoever I have,” or am having, “mercy,” etc., there seems to be the conveyance of the idea that God was already in absolute spontaneity at work forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin. We therefore apply the language to Jacob and Esau personally, regarding the national destiny as bound up in the personal position of the two ancestors. (Prof. II. He had made a distinction between children of the same father and mother. The blessing in Padanaram (Genesis 31:5; Gen_31:9). You are compelled to say that from the first hour that he left his father’s house God loved him. To his apparently dying father, he tells, acts, asserts, and re-asserts a lie! https: The birthright conferred a double inheritance among the Hebrew patriarchs, and likewise pre-eminence, because it was connected with the descent of the Messiah; and they to whom this right belonged were also types of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. III. While it may not be in scholarly vogue, let me begin this rather theological article with a hypothetical story. 3. The train of thought in the paragraph thus lies in line with the train of thought through the entire epistle. Malachi, as Genesis, refers to the nations. That the Infinite Father distributes His favours capriciously. Our eternal election is based upon the antecedent eternal foresight of our free, excellent, yet non-meritorious faith, (see note on Romans 8:29,)—non-meritorious in the sense of not meriting so great an election. It cannot be disputed. That sin is an evil thing and a bitter, Jacob fully experienced. As regards what God actually said to Moses (Exodus 33:16), it appears that Moses (Exodus 33:13; Exo_33:16)had desired of God that He would consider that the Jews were His people, and that He would please lead them that so it might be known in the world that both he and his people had found grace in His sight. He was irritable, even to the point of saying that he would kill his brother! "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". What is God? 1685. "Commentary on Romans 9:13". The meaning ascribed by some commentators to the word, to love less, is hardly sustainable. 1. This is a fact. Like the drops of a lustre, which reflect a rainbow of colours when the sun is glittering upon them, and each one, when turned in different ways, from its prismatic form shows all the varieties of colour; so the mercy of God is one and yet many; the same, yet ever changing; a combination of all the beauties of love blended harmoniously together. That willing and running, or human efforts, are not essential to salvation. what is said of the wise men of Teman, Jeremiah 49:7, and the very respectable personage Eliphaz (notwithstanding his error) in the Book of Job. https: If Jacob, who was placed in the same situation proved himself to be a godly man, it was entirely owing to the distinguishing grace of God. “For He saith to Moses, I will,” etc. But instead of this, he says, "Not of works (of any merit on our part), but of Him that calleth" - i:e., purely of His own will to call whom He pleaseth. There are some who answer Divine sovereignty; but I challenge them to look that doctrine in the face. Each part of the whole process of salvation is attributed to God’s will. It is not so much of God in great things I can understand, but of God in little things. Respect both mercy and justice (verse 17). You know how often things are injured by over-praise; how a good medicine comes to be despised because a quack has advertised it as an universal cure. The strangest part of all to me is that He could ever have loved Jacob. Something else is indispensable, viz., His peculiar intelligence. (J. Morison, D.D. Such persons, then, as deny that the expression, ‘Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated,’ imports literal love of the one and literal hatred of the other, viewing it as an isolated declaration, detached from its connection, and judging of it from their preconceived opinions, as if such a manner of acting were unworthy of God, not only disregard the usual legitimate rules of interpreting language, and employ a most unwarrantable mode of torture in expounding these words, but prove that they misapprehend the whole drift of the Apostle’s argument, and have no discernment of his purpose in introducing this example. 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