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Jealous God

kid jealousy 150x150 Jealous GodOkay, God is jealous. (This is kind of cool if you are into etymology.)

Jealous – (Merriam-Webster) Etymology: Middle English jelous, from Anglo-French gelus, from Vulgar Latin zelosus, from Late Latin zelus, from Greek zēlos.
1) a: intolerant of rivalry or unfaithfulness b: disposed to suspect rivalry or unfaithfulness
2: hostile toward a rival or one believed to enjoy an advantage
3: vigilant in guarding a possession <new colonies were jealous of their new independence >

Defined in Hebrew and Greek below, we’re dealing with 3 languages, well 4 really, but the Bible links them up nicely. Jesus protects God’s house in John 2:16. This leads the disciples to remember the verse from Psalms. They use the Greek in John and we can see the verse in Hebrew referred to in Psalms. These 4 verses are tied together by word, definition and concept.
(zeō (primary verb), zēlos (noun – root word zeō), zēloō (verb – root word zēlos))
qana’ (primitive verb), qin’ah (noun – root word qana’), qanna’ (adjective -root word qana’)

John 2:16-17     To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!” His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal (zēlos) for your house will consume me.” (From Psalm 69:9)

Psalm 69:9     for zeal (qin’ah) for your house consumes me, and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.

2 Corinthians 11:2-3     I am jealous (zēloō) for you with a godly jealousy (zēlos). I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

Exodus 34:14     Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous (qanna’), is a jealous (qanna’) God.

Vigilant Guardian. That is the name of our God in Exodus 34:14. His jealousy is not OF us or OF things to which we may have attraction. His jealously is FOR us or OF PROTECTING us. He is protecting us for what we were made for, pure devotion to Christ. And anything which gets in the way, including us, he will strike down. Thankfully, we have our Intercessor, Jesus! This picture becomes clear if we imagine ourselves as God’s house in the passage from John, which Jesus jealously protects.

John 2:13-17     When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!” His disciples remembered that it is written: Zeal for (Jealous protection of) your house will consume me.”

(I’ve been wanting to suss this out in writing for a while. Mainly because Oprah mentions it as one of the reasons she lost her faith. This is exactly the kind of point that needs to be made when reading the Bible or listening to a sermon for that matter. If something comes off to you as strange, don’t simply add this to your image of the character of God. Test it. If He truly made everyting, as I am convinced, issues you may find will be resolved by asking God, prayer, reading the Bible and some research. Oprah even says, “Something about that didn’t feel right in my spirit,” when she heard that God is a jealous God. She was onto something there. Or better, the Holy Spirit was trying to guide her. But instead of searching out Biblical answers, she decided to get non-Biblical answers from a man. I really feel for her. I used to do the same stupid thing.)

Definitions

qanna’ (jealous – adjective only used when referring to God. Root word qana’. 6 such passages which use this adjective and refer always to God’s jealousy.)

qana’ (verb – primitive root)
1) to envy, be jealous, be envious, be zealous
a) (Piel)
1) to be jealous of
2) to be envious of
3) to be zealous for
4) to excite to jealous anger
b) (Hiphil) to provoke to jealous anger, cause jealousy

qin’ah (noun – root is qana’)
1) ardour, zeal, jealousy
a) ardour, jealousy, jealous disposition (of husband)
1) sexual passion
b) ardour of zeal (of religious zeal)
1) of men for God
2) of men for the house of God
3) of God for his people
c) ardour of anger
1) of men against adversaries
2) of God against men
d) envy (of man)
e) jealousy (resulting in the wrath of God)

zēloō (verb – root word zēlos)
1) to burn with zeal
a) to be heated or to boil with envy, hatred, anger
1) in a good sense, to be zealous in the pursuit of good
b) to desire earnestly, pursue
1) to desire one earnestly, to strive after, busy one’s self about him
2) to exert one’s self for one (that he may not be torn from me)
3) to be the object of the zeal of others, to be zealously sought after
c) to envy

zēlos (noun – root word is zeō)
1) excitement of mind, ardour, fervour of spirit
a) zeal, ardour in embracing, pursuing, defending anything
1) zeal in behalf of, for a person or thing
2) the fierceness of indignation, punitive zeal
b) an envious and contentious rivalry, jealousy

zeō (primary verb)
1) to boil with heat, be hot
a) used of water
b) metaph.
1) used of boiling anger, love, zeal, for what is good or bad etc.
2) fervent in spirit, said of zeal for what is good

2 Comments

  1. Loved your comments and post. Myself I really liked how detailed your outlook was, thank-you.

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