In these chapters of Genesis, we get a glimpse into the lives of a very real family: Isaac and Rebekah, Isaac and Esau. A family torn by favouritism and deception, and yet, a family which God chose to bless anyway. Isaac, although being the younger, was the one through whom the line of promise would continue. God loved Jacob, but hated Esau (see Romans 9:13 and Malachi 1:2-3). This love/hate is not in the modern sense of love/hate, rather it is in the sense of chosen/unchosen. God chose Jacob to be the one through whom the line of promise would continue, from which the Lord Jesus Christ would come. And, with the same sort of love/hate as God loved Jacob with and hated Esau with, so too, God loves those who are in Christ, but hates those who have rejected Christ.
Paul Douglas preaching on Genesis 25-27, on the 14th of August, 2016.