God is Jealous For You
You have heard it said “Someone is jealous”.
That usually means that someone is jealous of someone else. They want what they have, or to do what they do. Those feelings of jealousy can be mixed with coveting, too. That form of jealousy usually has feelings of resentment against someone else. Those feelings can move onto suspicions, fears, and even rage.
Jealous can mean possessive to the point of smothering affection and domination. Some may be jealous to the point of suffocating the one they desire, love, want, and are jealous for.
This is NOT the kind of Jealous the Lord God Almighty has. God has no needs, since He is completely self sufficient (HY character). God cannot covet since He is perfect. God already owns everything (Psalm 34:1-2). God is Perfect Love, so He cannot harm anyone in His Love.
The Bible tells us clearly How the Lord God Almighty is Jealous –
God says, “You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, Exodus 20:5, Deut 5:9
God wants your full attention. God does not want you not bowing
down to or caring about anyone or anything more than you do Him. (Luke
wants you to bow down and worship Him only.
God says it over and over again, “Love the LORD your God with all your
heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5 God
does not want you to give His important place in your heart to anyone else. God
wants your total and completely best affection for Him alone. God wants you to
be faithful to Him with all of you. The more of you which He has, the more parts
of you He can bestow His affection and favor upon.
Why does God want all
of you? Because
God knows that if you consider anyone else’s’ thoughts, feelings, attitudes,
etc as more valuable than His, then you will not be able to hear Him, obey him,
or feel His Love as clearly or be as Holy as He can make you. (Holy means set
apart For God.)
The verse continues, “punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,” Exodus 20:5
This is language shows the strong passion God has for His people. The
effects of sin from the father continues down to the great-great grand children.
God states that the sin of the people
shows that they hate God. This is another reason to make sure you do not sin
against God so not to curse your family. (Psalm 51 HY)
(Does this mean that there is no hope for me if
my father sinned against God? – No, you have your own complete
choice to break the cycle.)
Why does God punish people? It is the walking away from God that
brings people their own punishment. God lets us know ahead of time the
consequences or repercussions of our sin, which is our unfaithfulness to our
personal relationship with the Lord. Therefore each of us is fully accountable
for the effects of our thoughts, words, and actions for or against God. (Romans
1:19-20, Deut 28)
God tells us His Character:
“Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” Exodus 34:14
This form of jealousy is the kind that wants the Very Best for you, and God is able to Deliver it!! When God says His Name is Jealous, that means He is Jealous FOR you!! Not against you, not for your harm, but for nurturing you as only He, the Maker and Nurturer can!! God is seeking to protect and bless you for your good sake and for your holy and set apart relationship with Him!!
How passionate is God “Jealous”? The Bible tells us: For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. Deuteronomy 4:24 God is a consuming fire, consuming all that is not good.
For the LORD your God, Who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you, and he will destroy you from the face of the land. Deuteronomy 6:15 God says, “God is a just judge, And God is angry with the wicked every day.” Psalm 7:11
So where is that grace and mercy I hear about all the time? From God’s Son Jesus Christ.
“For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” John 1:17
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.’ John 3:16-18
God’s jealousy is unlike the human form of jealousy, where we burn with passion to devour the other person. Instead, God’s jealousy burns against sin to utterly destroy it, as He did with Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18:16-19:29). God’s passion for righteousness, holiness, and purity cause Him to burn away all wickedness. Thus Hell (HY) exists.
The only way to holy faithfulness to the Lord God Almighty is through His Son Jesus Christ (HY). God provided His Atonement (HY) so you could live faithfully to God and be the benefit of His passionate and loving jealousy!
There is hope for every child, man and woman, no matter how their parent has
sinned against the holy God. You
can choose to serve the Living Lord Jesus Christ and He will enabled you victoriously!
declares in Ezekiel 18
3 "As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, …4 For every
living soul belongs to me, the father as well as the son—both alike belong to
me. The soul who sins is the one who will die.
… He will not die for his father's sin; he will surely live. 18 But his
father will die for his own sin, because he practiced extortion, robbed his
brother and did what was wrong among his people.
… The soul who sins is the one who will die. The son will not share the
guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son. The
righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness
of the wicked will be charged against him.
21 "But if a wicked man turns away from all the sins he has committed
and keeps all my decrees and does what is just and right, he will surely live;
he will not die. 22 None of the offenses he has committed will be remembered
against him. Because of the righteous things he has done, he will live. 23 Do I
take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign LORD.
Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?
30 "Therefore, O house of Israel, I will judge you, each one
according to his ways, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent! Turn away from all
your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall. 31 Rid yourselves of all the
offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you
die, O house of Israel? 32 For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone,
declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent and live! Ezek 18
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