Christian Pilgrim


56. Respecter of Persons / "Love Less"

Malachi 1:3 – “I loved Jacob and I hated Esau

Romans 9:13 – “Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated

It has often been said that the above two verses cannot really mean that God hated Esau, because God loves everybody, so it is often believed that the above two verses really mean that God “loved Esau less.” But this cannot be.

Genesis 29:30,31 – “And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years. And when the Lord saw that Leah was hated.....

Here we see Jacob loving Rachel more than Leah, loving both but showing partiality. This God calls hatred in v.31. God NEVER shows partiality like this. He either loves or hates. ALL His children God loves equally (although he treats them all differently as individuals). All the rest God hates equally and casts them quick into hell. So when we are told that God hated Esau, it means what it says, and CANNOT mean God loved him less. God is no respecter of persons:

Acts 10:34,35 – “God is no respecter of persons: but in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.”

Romans 2:11 – “ For there is no respect of persons with God.”

Ephesians 6:9 – “And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.”

Colossians 3:25 – “But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.”

James 2:1-9 – “My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; and ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called? If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: but if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.”

1 Peter 1:17 – “And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear