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Summary: This sermon seeks to answer the questions, "Does God hate me?" "What does it mean for God to hate?"

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Ill: “Don’t be hating on me.” Author Anne Lamott – “You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people that you do.”

Background:

• Reading of 1 John 4:7-8 & Malachi 1:2-3.

• When the book of Malachi opens up we come to a period of time in Israel where the environment is quiet harsh. The nation has

been torn apart for centuries, and they are being ruled by whoever has the biggest weapons. In a short time they will enter over

400 years of silence on the part of God. The voices of the prophets are growing faint, and in these few chapters we read God’s

last words of warning for His people Israel.

• The book opens up with the people questioning the truth that God really loves us. Have you been there? So Malachi greatest

evidence for God’s love for Israel is the fact that of all the nations and tribes and peoples of the earth, God chose them above all!

So we read 1:2-3.

• Remember! Before we try to answer any difficult verse in the Bible, our default is this truth: God is perfect and right in every way!

(Romans 9:14 – “Is there injustice on God’s part, by no means!”) Is God a hating God?

• Hated – “to dislike, to be hostile to, to loathe someone or something

I. God’s Chose to Love Me.

• God is not any less God if He chose to destroy every human being!

1. Example of Israel over Esau: Malachi 1:2; Rom.9:8-13

• God choose Israel, not because they were great, but because they were the least. Rom. 9:14 – “God has mercy on

who He chooses mercy.”

• Malachi – “You want proof that God loves you, He chose Jacob over Esau!”

2. Example of the church over the lost: John 3:16; 1 John 4:9-10,19

• Ill: I chose to love Stephanie, TN, KBC, meatloaf….

* Why God chose us? Romans 9:17 – “For this very purpose I raised you up, to demonstrate my power in you, and

that my name might be proclaimed throughout the whole earth.” Mal. 1:5 – We were saved in order to tell and

show others what the power of God can do for a sinful human being.

II. God’s Love Does Not Excuse My Sin.

1. Example of Esau/Edom: Mal. 1:4; Obadiah 3

• The book of Genesis mentions no divine hatred of Esau himself. It is the prophet Obadiah that declares God’s hatred

toward Edom because of their pride, idolatry, and hatred toward Israel (never helped Israel their own brother).

• When confronted with their sin, Edom still chose to reject God…pride (1:4).

• Scripture is clear that God always hates sin! The used of the word “Hatred” is not how we use it today. It is more

diplomatic language not personal language. God does not hate people but he hated what Esau would become. See Ps.

11:4-7; Hosea 9:15 – “God hated the evil deed of Israel…”

2. Example of the Lost/World: Rev. 21:7-8

• Many today think that “A loving God” means He will let me live however I choose, and I can be whoever I want to be


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