Examining God’s Jealousy

A hard belief that many Christians struggle to understand is God’s jealousy. When we think of jealousy, common things come into our minds such as anger, bitterness, and envy.

They think, “how could the God of love be jealous?” All of the things we associate with jealousy become attached to a Holy God.

What’s interesting is that God in the Old Testament makes numerous declarations about his jealousy (Deu 4:24, 6:15; Ex 20:5, 34:14; Jos 24:19). A prime reason for the constant reiteration is that Israel was at the center of the ancient Near East paganism.

Polytheism, the worship of more than one God, was the dominant view held by many neighboring civilizations. God reinforced monotheism to counter polytheism to ensure that the nation of Israel wouldn’t fall into the false worship of idols such as Baal or Dagon.

It’s almost like watching your spouse flirting with another person. He/she is supposed to be faithful to one person but giving love and attention to someone.

Doesn’t the spouse have a right to be Jealous?

Well, that’s how God views us.

At the heart of the first Three Commandments, God stresses the importance of his character to his nation. His primacy, His worship, and His name, respectively, are integrally a part of His being. God chose Israel out of love, so he expected their complete fidelity to Him and his commandments.

Being the ultimate Creator and Father of all humanity, neglecting to give the proper praise, worship, and adoration to God we substitute the marvel of the sacred and holy with other waste fewer objects.

In His omnipresence, God sees us devote our time, money, attention, and praise to futile things of this world. The rightful heir to all of these gets left out of the picture.

Simply put, priorities are important. We have to come to a point where we can rightfully give God what’s His, especially our worship.

A famous gospel song by Forever Jones titled “He Wants It All” says:

And He says love me, love me with your whole heart

He wants it all today

Serve me, serve me with your life now

Bow down, let go of your idols

He wants it all today [x3]

So give it all

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