not according to our good or bad works.) She was told, "The descendants of your older son will serve the descendants of your younger son." a13
In the words of the Scriptures, "I loved Jacob, but I rejected Esau." b14
What can we say? Was God being unfair? Of course not!
For God said to Moses, "I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose." c16
So receiving God's promise is not up to us. We can't get it by choosing it or working hard for it. God will show mercy to anyone he chooses.
For the Scriptures say that God told Pharaoh, "I have appointed you for the very purpose of displaying my power in you, and so that my fame might spread throughout the earth." d18
So you see, God shows mercy to some just because he wants to, and he chooses to make some people refuse to listen.
Well then, you might say, "Why does God blame people for not listening? Haven't they simply done what he made them do?"
No, don't say that. Who are you, a mere human being, to criticize God? Should the thing that was created say to the one who made it, "Why have you made me like this?"
When a potter makes jars out of clay, doesn't he have a right to use the same lump of clay to make one jar for decoration and another to throw garbage into?
God has every right to exercise his judgment and his power, but he also has the right to be very patient with those who are the objects of his judgment and are fit only for destruction.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)