you're in it for the long haul.That's the way to understand God's love for jacob over Esau. He made a decision - a choice to love Jacob. Oncethe choice was made, He was committed to it. No matter what would happen afterwards, nothing was going tochange that. That's good news for Israel.There wasn't much to admire in Jacob. He was a bit of a "mamma's boy" He was a cheater, a manipulator. Whenhe saw something that he wanted, like Esau's birthright, he would do anything it took to get it. Yet, God chosehim. And his descendents - they run off and worship idols at the drop of a hat. Unfaithful, hypocrites, lovers of self more than lovers of God. and yet, even in this time of apostasy where it seems they've sunk to new lows,God still says "I Love You."God's love for Jacob, God's love for Israel, God's love for ME has nothing to do with character or actions. It'sall about His sovereign choice. And when He's made His choice, He's committed to it. even though His peoplemay spit in His face.
#2. How Have We Shown Contempt For Your Name?
Corrupting Worship (1:6-2:9)
The Lord lays out His first accusation and it lies squarely at the feet of the priests, the one's who's purpose it isto represent God to His people. If the entire nation held the Lord in contempt, surely these men would bedifferent. In fact, they were the 'ring leaders' It was their view of God, their contempt for Him that filtered downto the nation as a whole.
God says that a son shows honor to his father and a servant to his master, but where is the honor due me? All Iget from you is contempt. These were supposed to be servants of God. From a distance, they no doubt appearedto be righteous and loving men who lived their lives for God. But, God sees them as anything but. He says "Youshow nothing but contempt for my name."How so? By offering blemished sacrifices. he should have been getting the first and best of the crop and flock.But, they were offering the worst... animals that probably wouldn't even sell in the marketplace. God wasgetting the leftovers. If a celebrity came for dinner, would you pull a cold, leftover grilled cheese sandwich outof the fridge for him? Would you give a broken toaster as a wedding gift? But, that's the sort of offering thatGod gets from these priests. And I dare say, when it comes to time or money, sometimes that's all He gets fromus. If we're going to call it a sacrifice, it has to cost us something, not just whatever we can do without.Again, the priest ought to have known better. But, they went through their duties and performed their emptyrituals, thinking that they were doing God a favor. Their act was enough to impress themselves - they wipe their brow and say "whew, what a burden!' But God isn't impressed one bit. He says He'd rather that they just shutthe temple doors. No worship at all is better than insincere, contemptible worship.Well, at least we're in the clear... we don't offer animal sacrifices anymore. Well, are there other ways that wecan show contempt for God in our worship? No doubt. When we come to worship in a haphazard way. Whenwe come into worship with our minds fixed elsewhere. When we value worship as what we get out of it.