Exodus 34:14 “(for you shall worship no other god, for the LORD whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God),” He alone is God and He is a jealous God.
God? A jealous God? Doesn’t that contradict our understanding of jealous? Well, it would if we were thinking the more traditional definition of jealous: “hostile toward a rival or one believed to enjoy and advantage.”i
But another less used definition of jealous is far more fitting in this context: “vigilant in guarding a possession.”ii Ah, now THAT sounds like our God. He is jealous for you – vigilant in guarding that which is precious to Him. YOU! Consider your Jealous God today.
Diane Hunt is part of the Development and Addiction Recovery teams at America’s Keswick. In addition to being a Biblical Counselor, she is a Women’s speaker for retreats, conferences and events. She is a regular writer for Victory Call and one of the authors of Crossing the Jordan Bible Study. She has been married to her husband John over 28 years. She has 2 adult children and 3 grandchildren and 3 adult step-children with 7 grandchildren making 10 in all. She delights reading and teaching, but mostly laughing at the funny things her grandchildren say and do.
i Merriam-webster.com accessed 12/28/13