Does God Really Hate Esau?

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ROMANS 9:13 Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated

This was the Apostle Paul speaking of a great mystery of how God, the Master Potter, makes people and  chooses His Disciples.  I just got a comment, a negative one from one who continues to attack the truth on this web site.  This person referenced the original Malachi verses that Paul quoted from here in Romans 9.  This verse was therefore their justification that God does not love everyone and in turn this enables them to believe in this eternal never ending torment of hell.  Such a statement totally contradicts the Scriptures and shows their total ignorance to the truth.  Let me explain to those who have ears to hear.

Malachi 1:2-3  I have loved you, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the Lord: yet I loved Jacob,

3 And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness

So if one took this verse by itself and  interpret it carnally and not through the Spirit of God,  it is easy to believe that God hated Esau.  But we have so many other Scriptures that teach us that God loves all men.  There so many, I don’t even know where to begin, but I will list just a few below.

1 John 4:14-16  And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us.  Notice to what John is testifying here.  Jesus is Savior of THE WHOLE WORLD.  He goes on to define the very essence of God, which is love.

GOD IS LOVE; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

WOW.  The center of God is love.  It all comes back to love.  There is never a double standard with God. He wants us to be like Him and this is why we are commanded to LOVE EVERYONE.   Why?  Because so does God, that is who HE is, the very essence of God.

1 COR 13:4-8  Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  These words describes how God commands us to live and treat all of our neighbors always.  But Paul goes on to tell us a key attribute of a God kind of love.  

1 COR 13:8  Love never fails

God’s love will never fail either.  NEVER.  His love and mercy will win out and triumph over judgment.  So says the WORD.

John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  HE HAS NOT STOPPED loving the world, not for a second.

2 Peter 3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance

Love is longsuffering or patient.  God is patient and this is indeed a fruit of the Spirit in fairly short supply in most circles.  God will keep working the clay and keep disciplining His creation until they respond and His love will win.

God has never changed nor will He and He loves the whole world and every single man and creature He ever created.  It is true that God hates sin and that God is angry with the wicked every day.  But this anger and this hatred is of the sin and it is His good pleasure that we learn discipline and cease from such behavior.  This is what a good father will do, he will render some tough love in the form of punishments, equal to the sin committed but they will be just and always given with mercy.  Just like a natural father would do to their kids which they love and will never abandon.  So with this side trip into the love of God,  let’s return to this topic about God hating Esau and those that mistakenly use this to support a demonic doctrine of an eternal hell.

God’s Purposes on Election Shall Stand

The Malachi verse is speaking about God’s purposes of Election.  This topic is something carnal man that thinks he chooses to have faith will never ever embrace.  They must insist on taking credit for their salvation and deny the power of God to even give us that gift.  But God, who is impartial and will bless all and has saved all with His promises already, does have the right to choose and delegate who His servants are and in what measure He gives them gifts.  God simply chose Jacob even though Esau had the natural man’s birthright.  God is God and it is HIS will that is done on this earth, not man’s.

 Romans 9:11 for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls

In saying God hated Esau; it is a play on words and a use of hyperbole to make a point that His election of God is sure and certain and shall stand.  God shows no partiality overall in that all are saved and all are given mercy in the end.  But God can most certainly choose who He will delegate His power and responsibility to on this earth.  He chose Jacob and not Esau.  Jacob did not deserve it, heck no, he had lied to his father.  But all gifts and the calling from the Lord are not deserved or earned; they are given in the mercy and kindness of our great God.  He is willing and working out all of our salvations in the appointed time.  It all works together for His greater good.

Esau is most definitely going to be in the kingdom of God someday.  He shall enter the gates in the time when there will be no more tears, not even in hell because death and hell, the last two enemies of Jesus will be defeated put under His feet (1 COR 15:54-57).  But in his fleshly life it was not ordained for Esau to come to repentance.  It was never his choice to make, it is always granted of God.  He could not in his own power or initiative come to true repentance because it is only thru the kindness and mercy of God that He grants this to those He chooses.

Hebrews 12:17  For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.

There are many Esau’s in this world as God has made them that way.  Esau was not chosen to come the narrow way.  He will come the broad way on the road to destruction in the wilderness with dragons.  Jesus said only few shall enter the narrow way, even though many would strive to enter, they would be unable to find the way.  They are Esau’s.  But the clay needs to stop questioning the Potter and what He has made.  We just need to believe in HIM and the promises of salvation for all throught Christ.  In the same way God has now chosen me but not yet many others to come to faith and be the salt of this earth in this generation.  The fire is kindled and it shall go forth.

Jesus does not ever hate anyone, neither does the Father.  We are to be just like Him, so this is why we are told to love everyone ourselves, even to love our enemies.  What is so complicated about seeing in this verse that we are to be just like God?

Luke 6:35-36 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. 36 Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.

When does God ever stop being merciful?  It endures forever it says.  When does God say you can stop being merciful?  He does not and you better not.  I can’t even get one of these carnal minded accusers to acknowledge this truth.

Jesus told us that if any come to be His Disciple we would have to hate our very own family, all of them or else we would not be worthy of Him.   Let’s take a look.

LUK 14:26  If any man come to me, and HATE NOT  his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple

God does not literally want us to hate our family.  He is just playing on the words in that HE MUST BE FIRST.  We must love them less than we love Him.  This is what a jealous God wants and gets from His chosen ones.  Which of you so professing Christians that believe in this eternal hell and other jesus hates your family?  Who truly hates their father, their mother, their spouse and their kids?  You hypocrites do not hate them, you love them in the best way you know how right now.

Here we see this word, the KJV translators call hate.  It is Strong’s #3404.




From a primary word μῖσος misos (hatred); to detest (especially to persecute); by extension to love less: – hate (-ful).

This word miseo does mean to hate as it usage elsewhere will show.  But in the context of the hyperbole it really means to “love less”.  Christ will have the preeminence in all things  But do you also see this “persecution” aspect?  These are the dragons in the wilderness that Malachi spoke about.  Those that are chosen by God will absolutely put God first in all they do.  They will be enslaved to God and will be His Bondservant.  We will love all men just like our Father does, yet He will be first in all that we do, go and speak.  Christ will be exalted.

We must be very careful not to take a verse at face value that would totally contradict the whole counsel and the very words spoken by God that He loves all men unconditionally.  It is a sad day when this verse is now used to justify an eternal hell which is so contrary to the great, loving and merciful God that I now serve.  I just shudder to think of the internal torment such a person is going through not knowing the goodness of our Lord and Savior.

The real God loves everyone will never stop loving them. Anyone who thinks otherwise is deceived and if they are teaching others, they are deceivers and false teachers.  Let no one deceive you!

I encourage the true saints to add to this understanding and provide some meat for those who have ears to hear.

God Bless All.  May Christ strengthen the brethren for the work that lies ahead.

Sincere comments and questions are encouraged!