Is God Jealous?

Exodus 34:14 (NASB)
—for you shall not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God—


Jealousy describes the experience of not being loved by the one you love. Of course, God is jealous! His image bearers reject Him, even though they know better…

Romans 1:18-22 (NASB)
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools…

So, we ought to not be fools, but change our mind (repent) for our sin.

What is sin?

James 4:17 (NASB)
Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.

But, not only repent. We must also trust (believe) in Jesus Christ…

Romans 10:9-11 (NASB)
…if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.”

When one repents and trusts in Christ, one then becomes a new creature…

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NASB)
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

Only new creatures love as their Lord loves, and when they do, the commandments are kept; the law is fulfilled…

Romans 13:10 (NASB)
Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Please consider these things!

Godspeed, to the brethren!

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  1. Author 1 year ago

    Zachariah 1:12-17 (HCSB)

    12 Then the Angel of the Lord responded, “How long, Lord of Hosts, will You withhold mercy from Jerusalem and the cities of Judah that You have been angry with these 70 years?” 13 The Lord replied with kind and comforting words to the angel who was speaking with me.

    14 So the angel who was speaking with me said, “Proclaim: The Lord of Hosts says: I am extremely jealous for Jerusalem and Zion. 15 I am fiercely angry with the nations that are at ease, for I was a little angry, but they made it worse. 16 Therefore, this is what the Lord says: In mercy, I have returned to Jerusalem; My house will be rebuilt within it”—this is the declaration of the Lord of Hosts—“and a measuring line will be stretched out over Jerusalem.

    17 “Proclaim further: This is what the Lord of Hosts says: My cities will again overflow with prosperity; the Lord will once more comfort Zion and again choose Jerusalem.”

  2. Stephen Anderson 1 year ago

    “Jealousy describes the experience of not being loved by the one you love.”
    three obvious errors:
    1) God is impassible. He does not “experience” jealousy as humans do.
    2) God does not change. Jealousy is an attribute of God, not a transitory state of being brought about by circumstances. (see 1.)
    3) God loves the elect with a sovereign self determined love. He does not love the reprobate.

  3. Jim 1 year ago

    “Jealousy describes the experience of not being loved by the one you love.” Can you please provide a source for this definition.

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