It helps it much. They did not, because they cannot. Jesus already stated that with man it is impossible. I'm not sure how you are going about changing that word "impossible" to "possible" without God. You keep doing that. Somehow man's great libertarian free will is completely beyond anything God can ever hope to grasp.Yet there was those who did
So that does not help your claim
I haven't forgotten. God has always had a remnant of His chosen people in Judah, which is why He only completely wiped out Israel.You forget these
Rom. 11:4–5 —KJV
“But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.
Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace”
One is incapable of repenting and having faith without being regenerated, so that kind of defeats your argument.That is circulatory reasoning
One needs repentance and faith to be regenerated
Romans 9:14-18 "14 What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God's part? By no means! 15 For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 16 So then it depends not on human will or exertion,[b] but on God, who has mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” 18 So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills."And Rom 9 is not talking about unconditional election of particular men to salvation or reprobation
So then it depends not on human will or exertion... yet you keep saying it does.
30 What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith; 31 but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness[d] did not succeed in reaching that law. 32 Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone, 33 as it is written,
“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense;
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”"
So those who were not seeking after God, and pursuing righteousness somehow found it. Those who pursued the law that leads to righteousness failed miserably.
I'm not sure where you are getting that. I mean, He is pretty clear that He hated Easu, and as such, laid his mountains and his heritage (Edom) waste for the dragons of the wilderness. It wasn't because of Edom, it was because of Esau, the people against whom the Lord has indignation forever. That's rather...forever like. So either He decided to destroy all the Edomites simply because they were Edomites, or, as more clearly understood through this and other scriptures, because they are Esau's progeny/heritage.Mal. 1:1–4 —KJV
“¶ The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.
I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob,
And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.
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.”
Malachi makes it clear this has to so with God's choice of their descendants a nation which would be bless and the other not
Romans 9:10-13 "10 And not only so, but also when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, 11 though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God's purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls— 12 she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” 13 As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”"
Before they had done good or bad, so that kind of throws out the idea of foresight in choice, and makes it sound more like "according to the good pleasure of His will." (There's that pesky Ephesians 1:4 again.) It wasn't by anything they had done, no works, but because of him who calls...that is God.