The purpose of God stands

Romans Bible Background

08.09.2018 – New Testament: Rom 9.10–13

To read the Bible in a year, read Romans 9 on August 9, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

Why did God choose Abraham and not Melchizedek to bring the promised seed into the world? I do not know. That is God’s business. However, we have to know that it is His business, so as Paul continued to talk about God’s choosing, the apostle said further,

And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac (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), it was said to her, “The older shall serve the younger.” As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated” (Romans 9.10–13).

God knows the future as though it is history. Therefore, He can announce how things shall be, or He can simply make a decision that to us might appear as arbitrary, but He has a purpose and it shall stand, whether we understand it or not and whether we agree with it or not.


  • Does God know what He is doing?
  • If you believe that He does, does your belief show up in what you say and how you live?

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