Is God a jealous God? | 8/18/2019 | Staff
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Is God a jealous God?

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Character - God - Complexities - Characteristics - Concept

The character of God is full of never-ending complexities. One of the characteristics we often wrestle with is the concept of His jealousy. God is not only described as exactly that, He is named Jealous in scripture.

As stated in Exodus 34:12-14, “Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land where you are going, or they will be a snare among you. Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and cut down their Asherah poles. Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.”

God - God - Understanding - Him - Answer

God is a jealous God. What does that actually mean and how does that impact our overall understanding of Him? We look to scripture to unlock the answer to this and more.

In the above passage, God is forming a covenant with Israel, expressing His desire for the often rebellious nation to remain loyal to Him. It’s within this covenant promise we can extract and unpack the relationship dynamics at play and ultimately dissect God’s jealousy.

Jealousy - Frustration - Husband - Deeply - Love

Righteous jealousy is reflected in the justifiable frustration of a husband deeply in love with his wife who continues to flippantly reject him turning her heart to others.

The relationship between God and Israel is mirrored in the symbolism of marriage. The covenant God forms with Israel is the wedding—a lifelong promise of love and commitment. The illustration of God, the loyal husband pursuing Israel, the unfaithful wife is prominent throughout scripture. The Israelites would toggle between worshiping God then subsequently turning their allegiance to pagan gods. God’s response was often wrathful, and thus His jealousy on full display.

Jeremiah - States - Faithless - Israel

Jeremiah 3:6-8 states: “…Have you seen what faithless Israel has done? She has gone up...
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