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Jacob Loved and Esau Hated

Jacob Loved and Esau Hated

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BY WILLIAM VAN MILDERT, D. D.

PREACHER OF LINCOLN S INN,

NOW BISHOP OF DURHAM. 1831.




ROMANS ix. 13, 14.

As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau
have / hated. What shall we say then f Is
there unrighteousness with God ? God forbid.
BY WILLIAM VAN MILDERT, D. D.

PREACHER OF LINCOLN S INN,

NOW BISHOP OF DURHAM. 1831.




ROMANS ix. 13, 14.

As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau
have / hated. What shall we say then f Is
there unrighteousness with God ? God forbid.

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JACOB LOVED AD ESAU HATEDBY WILLIAM VA MILDERT, D. D. PREACHER OF LICOL S I, OW BISHOP OF DURHAM. 1831. ROMAS ix. 13, 14. As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have / hated. What shall we say then f Is there unrighteousness with God ? God forbid. I judging of any portion of Holy Writ, and especially of the historical occurrences in the Old Testament, it is highly necessary that we bear in mind the general scope and design of the sacred writings. The main purpose of these writings is to unfold the history of man s redemption, and to trace its gradual accomplishment from the earliest ages of mankind to that " fulness of time," when " God sent forth his Son" to perform the pro mises made to the Patriarchs, to Moses, and to the Prophets. In the developement of this great design, many instances are record ed of the overruling providence of the Al mighty rendering the most untoward actions and circumstances subservient to His will. arratives of this kind not only derive great VOL. II. R
 
242 SERMO XII. additional interest from being thus connected with the leading object of the Scriptures, but may hence oftentimes be cleared from diffi culties and misconceptions, to which they would otherwise be liable. To remove these, however, it is further ne cessary that we carefully discriminate between the characters of the persons concerned in such occurrences, and the purpose to which the Divine Providence rendered them instru mental. We are not to suppose that every action related of persons the most distin guished in holy writ for piety and goodness is recorded for our imitation, however condu cive it may appear to have been to the de signs of the Almighty. It is the sole prero gative of the Almighty to "make all things " work together for good," and even to bring good out of evil. It is therefore incumbent upon us to form our judgment of men s per sonal conduct in these transactions according to the principles of duty laid down in Scrip ture itself, and not to imagine that the good or ill success resulting from it is a certain proof of the Divine approbation or disappro bation of the respective parties. The history of Jacob and Esau, referred to by the Apostle in the text, is one of those portions of Scripture which requires particu- SERMO XII. 243 lar attention to these rules. It has often been
 
alleged, on the one hand, to give countenance to the Calvinistic doctrine of God s absolute election or reprobation of particular persons ; and, on the other hand, it has no less fre quently been scoffed at by unbelievers, as im plicating the Supreme Being in the encou ragement of deceit and falsehood. For the removal of such injurious reflections it will be necessary to consider the whole transac tion with a view more especially to St. Paul s application of it, first, as it relates to the Di vine purpose, secondly, as it concerns the parties themselves. 1. That we may fully understand both the history itself and St. Paul s application of it, it is necessary to observe, that before the birth of Esau and Jacob, the Almighty had ex pressly revealed His will in favour of Jacob, the younger son. " The Lord said unto Re- " bekah, Two nations are in thy womb, and " two manner of people shall be separated " from thy bowels ; and the one people shall " be stronger than the other people, and the " elder shall serve the younger a ." On this passage St. Paul observes, that " the children " being not yet born, neither having done any " good or evil, that the purpose of God ac- a Genesis xxv. 28. 244 SERMO XII. " cording to election might stand, not of " works, but of him that calleth, it was said " unto her, The elder shall serve the younger." He then quotes a passage from the prophet Malachi ; " As it is written, Jacob have I

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