It is possible if a people rebel against God and abuse His law. The Edomites had a long history of “hands-off” anything associated with God’s people or true worship. Edomites had grown stubborn, intransigent, and self-willed, never relaxing their guard against the truth. The hate God expresses to such people is not a general hatred of people, for that would contradict

God’s character. The hate is against their willful rebellion. As God will never relax His holiness, compromise with sin, or negotiate with evil, so the hatred of God against sin stands as long as sin is a people’s purpose and priority. The Edomites knew what they were about, and it was wrong. God’s mercy, though not explicit in this passage, is everlasting and always welcomes repentant sinners into God’s family.

MALACHI 1:4 – Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the Lord of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the Lord hath indignation for ever.

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