THE GRATUITOUS CHOICE OF GOD
The people of God live in the light of His countenance, humbly realizing that God has not chosen them because of their own qualities or goodness. God’s act of saving love is for “His name’s sake”; the reason for His choice and deliverance of His people is to be found in God alone. This is the mystery of election and grace. God loved Jacob, and the ground of His love lies solely in His own goodness, not in the lovableness of Jacob. God’s love is agape for those who have nothing to offer in return, as opposed to EROS which is based on the attractiveness of the object loved. God has not chosen them because they are righteous; rather, because God has chosen them for they must be righteous.
Mindful of His covenant with Abraham to bless all the nations of the earth, God elects Jacob-Israel, not to privilege, but to serve, to further His saving purpose among the nations. Israel, too, is appointed to be “a kingdom of priests,” a kingdom set apart to represent God to the world and the needs of the world to God. She is to be a dedicated nation, a light for the Gentiles (Isaiah 42:6). Look about in the Mystical Order and see where you are placed, and stay there for the blessing of Almighty God awaits you. You will only receive it if you stay in your place. Hallelujah. I stayed where God planted me and the fruits came forth in my season. Praise the Lord. Shall we praise the Lord this morning?
Above all, Jacob is the symbol of Israel’s own humble hope. And because he continues to hope, he (and the people of God) becomes the hope of all the nations who would receive God’s blessing through him. Everything is against Jacob, except the mysterious ways of God, and these eventually triumph in him. He is the youngest brother in a land where pre-eminence is naturally given to the oldest son. In contrast with Esau, Jacob is clearly the lesser vehicle; yet he bears the promise and the blessing. Israel, too, the “least of all the nations,” is the most unlikely candidate for God’s election. And yet, like her ancestor, Jacob-Israel, she is chosen by God to be the instrument of salvation.
Sir Godfrey Gregg