“‘I have loved you,’ says the Lord. But you say, ‘How have you loved us?’ ‘Is not Esau Jacob’s brother?’ declares the Lord. ‘Yet I have loved Jacob.’”
(Malachi 1:2, ESV).
In this opening theme of Malachi, God shows Israel his love for them, by calling them by the name of their ancestor Jacob. Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel (Genesis 32:28-29) was the father of the 12 sons that would later become the nation of Israel. The Israelites were the heirs to the messianic promises. It was through the seed (singular) of Abraham that all nations would be blessed (Genesis 12:7 cf Galatians 3:16). This seed and the covenant were passed from Abraham to Isaac, from Isaac to Jacob, and from Jacob to the Children of Israel. Read the rest of this entry