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Our God's Jealous // Saturday, October 4

Posted: Saturday, October 4

One Year Bible Reading:

Jeremiah 2:31-4:18
Colossians 1:1-17
Psalm 76:1-12
Proverbs 24:21-22


Verse of the day:

Look at the shrines on every hilltop. Is there any place you have not been defiled by your adultery with other gods? (Jeremiah 3:2)


We serve a jealous God. 


As I type those words, something turns a little bit in my stomach. Maybe it’s my americanized version of Christianity, but somehow that statement sounds like an accusation. We know that God is merciful and his love never fails. But jealous? Really? Whenever I speak of jealousy, it’s usually a negative attribute—people selfishly desiring something that does not belong to them. “Julie was jealous of Lisa’s popularity.” “Tyler was jealous of Preston’s new car.”

But despite my social discomfort, there’s a truth I can’t avoid. God describes himself as jealous. As a matter of fact, it’s one of the ten commandments. “You must not have any other god but me . . . for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods.” (Exodus 20:3-5) Certainly, God is not jealous of Preston’s new car or Lisa’s popularity. God’s jealousy is something altogether different.

God is not jealous for what he does NOT possess. God is jealous for what he DOES possess. Specifically, you . . . and me. Yes . . . us. We are a possession of our creator—a possession that he is not apt to lose. I am jealous of my children. I am jealous of my wife. I could care less about Preston’s new car, but my heart would ignite in fury if my children began to look for a different dad or my wife began to look for a different husband. I belong to them, and they belong to me.


We serve a jealous God.


Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship & Music Pastor