In one of our recent Bible studies, there was a question regarding the jealousy of God. You compared it to the jealousy and love for a partner in marriage. Can you elaborate more onto this definition? Thank you.
Post by Mike Miller on Sept 10, 2019 16:13:54 GMT -5
Sure. I have an inherent jealousy for my wife in that I do not want her to be with another man. I don't want that for several reasons. I love her, I am committed to her only, adultery is disastrous for a marriage, a family, and even a larger community of people, and I know that cheating on me will not ultimately lead to happiness for her. Similarly, God does not want us to worship other gods. He loves us, He is committed to us, and idolatry is disastrous for us and for those around us. God wants to keep us as His own. Now, of course, as a human being, I can have an unhealthy jealousy in that I might not trust my wife, and perhaps I set unfair and unhealthy boundaries for her. That's typically what we think of when we think of jealousy, which is why we tend to have a negative reaction to God being jealous. However, God is not capable of having an unhealthy jealousy, since He is perfect in His character. Moreover, not only is His jealousy not unhealthy, but it is ultimately for our good and His glory.