A parable with the word jealousy

Why is God a Jealous God?

It is important to understand how the word "jealous" is used. It is used in Exodus 20: 5 to describe that God's jealousy is different from the sin of jealousy (Galatians 5:20). When we use the word "jealous" we use it to mean that we are jealous because someone has something we don't have. One person may be jealous or jealous because another person has a nice car or house (possessions). A person can also be jealous or jealous because another person has a quality or ability (for example, athletic ability). Another example would be when one person is jealous or jealous of another because of their beauty.

In Exodus 20: 5, God is not jealous because someone has something they want or need. Exodus 20: 4-5 says: “You shall not make yourself an image or any parable, neither of what is in heaven above, nor of what is on the earth below, nor of what is in the water under the earth : Do not worship them and do not serve them! For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God ... ”Note that God is jealous when one person gives something to another that is rightfully his own.

In these verses God speaks of people who make images of God and worship and serve them instead of giving God the glory that belongs only to him. God is the owner of honor and service. It is a sin (as God proclaims in this commandment) to worship anything other than God and to serve something else. It is a sin if we strive for it, or if we are jealous or jealous because someone has something we don't have. The word "jealous" is used differently when God says he is jealous. If he is zealous, it is his; Worship and worship belong only to him and should only be given to him.

A practical example may help us understand the difference. When a husband sees another man flirting with his wife, he has the right to be jealous because only he has the right to flirt with his own wife. This kind of jealousy is not a sin. Rather, it is perfectly appropriate. So, if you are jealous of something God declares yours, it is good and appropriate. Jealousy is a sin when it is a craving for something that someone does not own. Worship, praise and veneration belong only to God because only He really deserves them. Therefore, God is rightly jealous when worship, praise, and devotion are shown to images and idols. It is precisely this jealousy that the Apostle Paul describes in 2 Corinthians 11: 2: "For I jealous for you with divine zeal ...".


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Why is God a Jealous God?
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