Why did God ‘hate’ Esau?


Has that question ever puzzled you? With everything going on in your life, do you sometimes secretly wonder if maybe you are an Esau and that maybe God hates you, too? Dr. J. Vernon McGee gives us a devastatingly simple answer… and it is a reflection of what we see happening right across our world today.



As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. Romans 9:13

The pride of your heart has deceived you… who says in his heart, ‘Who shall bring me down to the ground?’ Obadiah 1:3



“…The Edomites were those who were descended from Esau, just as the Israelites are those who are descended from Jacob. The story of Esau and Jacob is that of twin brothers… In effect Esau said, “I would rather have a bowl of soup than have a relationship with God”… One Esau is now 250,000 little Esaus, and that is Edom… What at the beginning was a little pimple under the skin is now a raging and angry cancer. What was small in Esau is now magnified 100,000 times in the nation. God did not say at the beginning that He hated Esau; He had to wait until he became a nation... the nation that came from Esau became a godless nation. Edom turned its back upon God… Esau said, “I would rather have a bowl of soup than have a relationship with God”… What was it for which God hated Edom? It was pride… Pride of heart is the attitude of a life that declares its ability to live without God… and in their pride they declared, “We don’t need God”… “We do not want You anymore”… The Supreme Court of Edom had ruled Him out, and it was illegal to have Him anywhere… That is pride, and anyone who reaches that position, if he continues in it, is committing a fatal sin because it means he will go into a lost eternity… You, who were made in the likeness of God, can be restored. You will have to lay aside your pride and come in helplessness to this Savior.”

Excerpt by Dr. J. Vernon McGee © Thru the Bible, http://www.ttb.org. Read more of Evolution and You (or Why God hated Esau): pdf / read online / More from Dr. J. Vernon McGee




As a student pastor, Dr. McGee’s first church sat on a red clay hill in Midway, Georgia. It was there he said he received his greatest compliment: It was from a country boy wearing high buttoned, yellow shoes. After a morning service he came to speak to me. He groped for words, then blurted out, ‘I never knew Jesus was so wonderful!’ He started to say more but choked up and hurried out of the church. As I watched him stride across the field, I prayed, ‘Oh, God, help me to always preach so that it can be said, I never knew Jesus was so wonderful.'”

After retiring, Dr. McGee devoted his life to Thru the Bible. On any given day, you’d find him at the Pasadena office with an open Bible on his desk in front of a microphone. Dr. McGee and the Board of Directors planned in advance that the recorded 5-year program would stay on the air after Dr. McGee’s death. “Just play the tapes until the money runs out,” was Dr. McGee’s directive… Today, the worldwide work of Thru the Bible continues… No one would be more surprised than John Vernon McGee… Source




Who are the Edomites?  (Dr. Chuck Missler) There are more Bible passages pronouncing judgment on the Edomites than on any other nation. But who are they? What relevance do they have for us today?… many orthodox Jews today continue to view the international “globalists” as Edomites…

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