No reason to love

When the boys grew up, Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was a quiet man, dwelling in tents. Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob. (Genesis 25:28 ESV)

We know exactly why Isaac loved Esau. He loved him because of what Esau could give him. But we don’t know why Rebekah loved Jacob. Maybe it was because he was a quiet man. Maybe because he spent a lot of time with her. Or maybe she just loved him. The Bible gives us no reason for her love. Isaac loved Esau because he had a taste for game and Rebekah just loved Jacob.

The way Rebekah loved Jacob reminds me of God’s love. Why does God love us? Why does He love you? Because of… There are just no reasons given for God’s love. Concerning the Israelites, God says: “It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the LORD set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but it is because the LORD loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

So God loves us for no reason, which means there is nothing we can do that will cause Him to stop loving us. His love depends on Him, and only Him. If you are brilliant, spiritual and beautiful, He loves you for no reason. If you are none of those, He still loves you for no reason. He Just loved you. And that is why Jesus died for us while we were God’s enemies. But that is another story for another day.

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Let’s not forget

Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth
that you have. I think it right, as long as I am in this body, two stir you up by way of reminder,
since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me.
And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.

2 Peter 1:12-15

It is so easy to forget, to forget the gospel, to forget God’s will, to forget God. A crisis and we react forgetting that the almighty God is in control.We are hurt and we act as if there was no God, no saviour, no resurrection, no heaven. We need to be reminded. We need to be reminded that we are new creatures, that God is sovereign and good.

We are so like the Israelites. Today we see the ground swallow God’s enemies when they are still alive and tomorrow we grumble against Him (Numbers 16:30; 41). Today we pray for God to deliver us and tomorrow we cry to go back to our place of slavery (Numbers 11:4-5). Today we see God open the sea and put the Egyptians to open shame and tomorrow we panic because we are afraid of our enemies (Exodus 14:28-31; Numbers: 13:32-14:1-4).

So like them, we need a reminder. They had tassels to remember and do all God’s commandments (Numbers 15:37-41). We  need to find what will help us not forget. We need  our own tassels.