God’s Way Of Making People Jealous
Posted: Saturday, July 27
2 Chronicles 19:1-20:37
But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners (Romans 4:5)
Have you ever made someone jealous on purpose? Maybe when you were trying to catch the eye of a pretty woman or hunky man you flirted with others in front of them. Working with kids, one of the things I love to do is give positive reinforcement. The concept is that whenever a kid makes a good choice they are heaped with praise and acclimation! Often kids are seeking attention and act out as a way of getting it. So when they receive rewards for making good choices it creates a pattern that will hopefully entice them to continue making solid choices. When there’s a group of kids that are riling up each other, I really enjoy giving positive affirmations to one of the kids when they make good choices. It singles out the positive action of that one kid amongst the group and almost creates this competitive, jealous desire to receive that same affirmation. A lot of times, this helps!
Can you believe God is doing this same type of thing? He revealed His desire to have a relationship with people through Jews thousands of years ago. It was an exclusive connection as a means to show the rest of the world what a relationship with God could look like. There were customs and laws given by God to the Jews that were so distinct and contrasting to what the rest of the world was doing that it was impossible for other nations to not take notice. Then Jesus showed up and changed all of this.
Jesus’ final sacrifice and resurrection changed the dynamics of the relationship between God and man, making it based on faith in Jesus over obeying the rules and customs. For Jews, this was blasphemous and almost impossible to adapt because it was changing the way things had been done for generations! How dare we change the way we relate to God and how things have been done for forever! Then something wild happened - Gentiles, or non Jewish people, began receiving salvation and proof if it through the baptism in the Holy Spirit. This changed things forever and Paul explains what was going on.
The relationship between God and man became unrestricted and open to anyone! God hoped that this new form of a relationship with God would entice the Jews to flock to Him. Their connection with Him had become stale and dogmatic and God wanted a genuine relationship with everyone. In the next verse, Paul explains that when Jews do come to accept Jesus as their hero, the whole world benefits from it! This new way of connecting with God through Jesus has been a benefit to us all! Thank God we get to be part of the club now!