Not only that, but Rebekah's children had one and the same father,
our father Isaac. Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad - in
order that God's purpose in election might stand: not by works but by him who calls -
she was told, 'The older will serve the younger.' Just as it is written: 'Jacob I loved,
but Esau I hated.'
This passage describes "election" which is the fact that God makes
decisions based on the fact that He is sovereign (in control). Man rebels against God
and His choices as we will often trust the judgment of mere men but not the judgment of
God. This is the same type of thing that the apostle Paul was talking about with
lawsuits among believers (see 1
Corinthians 6). We see this election in the fact that, before her twins were
born, Rebekah was told that Esau would serve Jacob which was the opposite of their
tradition. We also see that God was just and right in this election when, after many
years, Esau was a godless and prideful man. It is at this point that God said "Jacob I
loved, but Esau I hated." (see Malachi 1).