As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. – Romans 9:13 (KJV).
I find it interesting that God used the name Jacob here. God could have said, “Israel have I loved.” After all, God had renamed Jacob. He gave him the name Israel.
I believe He chose to call him Jacob here because God wanted to emphasize the fact that He loved Jacob when he was a schemer, a manipulator. God loved Jacob when Jacob was still in sin, still trying to live his own way.
God loved us too when we were still drowning in our sea of lies, excessive drinking, smoking, our unwillingness to change. He loved us when we thought we didn’t need Him.
And He still loves us when we make mistakes today.
– Annagail Lynes