“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,
and I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage
waste for the dragons of the wilderness.” Mal. 1:2,3
When life gets hard and yes, it does get hard. There are disappointments, pain, sickness, and death. Do these things cause you to wonder if God loves you? Have you like, Israel, accused God of not loving you? Have you ever felt like an Esau instead of Jacob?
Esau was the object of God’s hatred for sin. Esau defied God in pride.
“Whereas Edom saith,
We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places;
thus saith the Lord of hosts,
They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the Lord hath indignation for ever.”Mal. 1:4
Jacob and Esau, twins, one coveted the blessing of his father, the other despised it and sold it for a morsel of bread. Both were born in sin but one believed the blessing of his father would bring him riches. The other only cared about satisfying his fleshly appetites. Jacob went about receiving the inheritance the wrong way, but eventually came to God his way. Esau forfeited it altogether. Jacob came to know the love of God. Esau would inherit only the wrath of God. Neither boy possessed qualities to endear them to or make them worthy of God’s love, nor do we. Yet, we find in Romans 5:8-11…
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
For if, when we were enemies,
we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son,much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.” Rom. 5:8-11.
“I have loved you, saith the LORD.
Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us?”
“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are haled. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isa. 53:3-6
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son…
And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: Where they crucified him…When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost…John 19:17, 18a, 30…
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life…
“And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus…He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” John 24:3,6,7
If you are asking, Does God love me, look at the cross and know the love of God, look at the resurrected Lord and know you have inherited everlasting life.