"2 I have loved you, says the LORD. But you say, “How have you loved us?” Is not Esau Jacob’s brother? says the LORD. Yet I have loved Jacob 3 but I have hated Esau; I have made his hill country a desolation and his heritage a desert for jackals."
Malachi 1:2-5 (NRSV)
What in the world is going on in this prophetic word from Malachi as he is speaking to Israel? On the surface, it looks like a conversation that seems fragmented and is talking something about God loving Jacob better than He loved Esau. On the surface, that is what we see; but beneath the surface what is God really trying to communicate? In short, He is reminding Israel that they are His chosen. He is letting them know that it wasn’t anything they did that caused Him to choose them. He simply chose them because that is what He wanted to do. God is obviously a supreme being and the creator of the universe, but He is also a Father. He is reminding Israel that He is their Father and for no other reason except that He chose to be. Whatever does this have to do with me?
The answer to that question is this…EVERYTHING! You see, as we read this Old Testament prophetic Word, it reminds us of something incredibly amazing. It reminds me that God has also chosen me. He chose me to be His child. He chose me to receive His mercies and grace. He chose me for an eternal existence. He chose me when I was lost to find His salvation. He chose me when I was broken to receive His healing. He chose me when I was filthy to receive His cleansing. He chooses me every time. Why? For no other reason except that He loves me. WOW!