Ge. 25: Faith and Works

“And the Lord said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb…and the elder shall serve the younger (Ge.25:23).”

Nothing is hidden before God. What does the Psalmist say? “My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret…and in thy book all my members were written…when as yet there was none of them (Ps.139:15-16).” Sum total of a person and his deeds make up his substance. It is an open book for the omnipotent God. His Wisdom and Power defy human comprehension so any discussion of these apart from the passages the Spirit has left in order to illumine our way about , is more likely to lead us astray. Glory of God with which He separated light from darkness is referred in the Psalm quoted here. Darkness cannot hide anything from Him so when He informed Rebekah of two nations that she carried in her womb were, as darkness was different from light. It was not Esau or Jacob but whoever did good was the criteria. Predestination is a matter determined by faith and deeds that justified it. So whatever good in the eyes of God must belong to the creative faith same as which was inherent in his creative act.

(“For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand not of works, but of him that calleth:”) This Pauline quote Ro.9:11 helps us understand the passage “ He (Esau) found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears (He.12:17). What does the Spirit mean by ‘works’? Having rejected birth right Esau sought to wrest a blessing with tears where repentance was out of place. He had sold his birth right and his subsequent actions did not merit consideration.

Benny

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About bennythomas

I am a Dutch citizen. An architect by profession I am married and have six grandchildren. I am still keen on expressing myself and each day is new and an occasion where I might bring out from within something worthwhile.
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