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W.T. (Terry) Worthan | Winston, Georgia
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THE GOD OF THE BIBLE IS A JEALOUS GOD
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2019
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THE GOD OF THE BIBLE IS A JEALOUS GOD

In Exodus 20:5 we read these words spoken to Moses, “I the Lord thy God am a Jealous God.” Again in 30:14 we read “The Lord whose name is Jealous is a Jealous God.” This declaration is found many times in the scriptures. Someone might ask, “But how can God be what He condemns in His creatures? How may jealousy be a virtue in God while it is a vice in man?” The British author J.I. Packer in his book entitled Knowing God answer to this question.
“Biblical statements about God’s jealousy are anthropomorphism’s, that is, descriptions of God in the language drawn from the life of man. The Bible is full of anthropomorphisms. God’s arms, hands, and fingers, His hearing, seeing, and smelling. His tenderness, anger, repentance, laughter, joy, and so forth.”
Let me add that this is how He appears to man; in reality God is a Pure Sprit, unbounded, invisible, and without body parts. I think the language is used as a condescending principle entirely for the aid of our understanding.
The second thing Mr. Packer gives in his explanation is, “There are two sorts of jealousy among men, and only one of them is a vice. Vicious jealousy is an expression of the attitude, I want what you’ve got, and I hate you because I haven’t got it. It is an infantile resentment springing from unmortified covetousness, which expresses itself in envy, malice, and meanness of action. It is terribly potent, for it feeds and is fed by pride, the taproot of our fallen nature. There is a mad obsessiveness about jealousy, which, if indulged, can tear an otherwise firm character to shreds. But here is another sort of jealousy, namely zeal to protect a love relationship, or to avenge it when broken. This sort of jealousy is a positive virtue, for it shows a grasp of the true meaning of the husband-wife relationship, together with a proper zeal to keep it intact.
“Now God’s jealousy is of this latter kind--the jealousy of God is a principle that works out of His love for his covenant people and His purpose to glorify His name in them--this principle also manifests itself in and through the true people of God. There is a righteous indignation, which shows itself in a follower of Christ. The story of Phinehas in Numbers 25 is a good example. After he executed Zimri and Cozbi because of the violation of the marriage law, (Israel was not to bring a heathen into the congregation of the Lord) the Lord commended him to Moses saying that he “was zealous for My sake.”
As patriotic as I am, as much as I love my country, my deepest identity lies in my love for my God. Being in Christ, joined to Him by faith, all other pledges of allegiance are relevant. I still have my loyalties, but in Jesus I have one final allegiance. As believers, in this world we will always be pilgrims, strangers and aliens, sojourners and exiles (I Pet.2:11), knowing that our God is a jealous God, having nothing come before Him.

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