The worship of Molech was very evil, involving the sacrifice of your first-born. The country Ammon, though, receives a promise of God’s undeserved grace (verse 6). Edom (the people of Esau) however, receives no such promise. Meditate on this great mystery – of God’s undeserved grace. The last scions of Edomite blood were the Herods of the New Testament.
We see the same message to Moab, Ammon and Elam, from the Lord – “… I will restore the foruntes of Elam, declares the LORD.”
As Stuart Snr points to, we read of no such grace toward Edom, who were Esau’s descendents.
Esau, who is remembered in Hebrews 12, “… That no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal. For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears.”
What a mystery this is.
God says in Malachi 1, “Yet I have loved Jacob but Esau I have hated.”
And in Romans 9 we read, on the Malachi passage, “… In order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls – ”
Election. God has purpose in election.
And we glean here that it is not by works, but BECAUSE OF HIM WHO CALLS.
Paul continues to layer this in Ephesians 2, when speaking of our salvation “by grace through faith”, “… And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
It is a solemn and excellent reminder and encourage for us – Do not boast in our election.
God’s purpose in our election is not for our boasting, not for us feeling better than others. There is nothing of us, nothing of what we do.
Let’s be wrestling with this in our lives – As we may be tempted to yield to pride and arrogance, in little and big ways.
* Father Above,
It is You who saves, You who calls, You that elects us – Based on Your will alone, Your grace, and absolutely not of our works.
Thank You Lord, that we can trust in this truth.