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Jealousy: Green-Eyed Monster or God?

This morning in our new 20somethings Bible study we talked about this verse:

For you must not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God. (Ex 34:14, NET)

This raises some questions that many have used to combat God, calling him an egomaniac. How could God be jealous? Isn’t it wrong to be jealous? How arrogant! Can’t He just be happy with what He has without demanding worship to Him alone?

I would say that, while it may be wrong for us to be jealous, it is not wrong for God. If we define God as that being which is higher than all else, then why would it be wrong for Him to expect the sole worship of those who are lower than Him (after all, we are His creation)?

It isn’t arrogance! Arrogance is expecting something that you do not deserve. It is setting yourself up as higher than you actually are. God, however, is higher than all, so it makes sense that He would rightfully expect the worship of everything (everything being lower than Him) to the exclusion of anything else (anything else also being lower than Him).

What do you think? Am I right on this? Wrong? Comments? Complaints? Just let me know.



2 Responses

  1. I covered this in my last Bible study. I said basically the same thing you’re saying. It’s wrong for us to be jealous because we want something that isn’t rightfully ours or something that we might not necessarily deserve when we see someone else with it. Worship on the other hand rightfully belongs to God and to God alone so when his worship is given to another he has every right to be jealous.

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