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THE JEALOUS GOD

April 2, 2022

Exodus 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.

Exodus 34:14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.

Deuteronomy 4:24 For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.

Deuteronomy 5:9 Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.

Deuteronomy 6:15 (For the Lord thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the Lord thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.

Joshua 24:19 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the Lord: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.

From the very start, I started this blog with scriptures about the jealous God because I wanted to emphasize that God is jealous. He absolutely wants to be number one in our lives, and this has been his desire from the beginning of time.

After his harmonious relationship with Adam and Eve ended, God sought a relationship with their descendants. From the generations of Adam to Noah, the bible reveals that only Enoch and Noah found favor with Him and served Him in the manner He required. In time God chose and separated Abraham from his family. He told Abraham how He would bless him and his descendants, and Abraham believed God

God had an active relationship with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob while they were in the land of Canaan, and He was their God. Unfortunately, there was a famine in the land, and Jacob and his family went to Egypt. After the famine ended, the children of Israel did not return to Canaan but spent four hundred and thirty years there and ended in bondage to the Egyptians.

Prior to Moses going to the children of Israel in Egypt, God met with him on Mount Horeb. God said to Moses, “Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, the Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you” (Exodus 3:15). God made this statement to them because while in Egypt, they forsook the God of their forefathers and started worshipping the idol gods of Egypt, and God wanted them to renew their relationship with Him.

Before leaving Egypt, God proved himself to them by many miracles, and when he delivered them, they went into the wilderness. It was here that God gave them His commandments, and the first ones that He spoke to them found in Exodus 20:3-5 said, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.”

Moses shared this with them at the beginning of their wilderness experience and reiterated this commandment at the end of their forty-year wilderness journey. Before his death, Joshua, who led the children of Israel back into Canaan, reminded them of this commandment.

I believe the believer’s remedy for not making God jealous was first shared by Moses in Deuteronomy 6:4-5 and reiterated by Jesus during His earthly ministry. If believers obey the Words of Jesus and Moses, we will not commit idolatry, and God will not be jealous for our attention. Jesus said, “The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment” (Mark 10:29-30). Nothing is lacking when we give it our all, and we can be assured we have not made God jealous.

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