posted on Jan, 11 2014 @ 06:57 PM
reply to post by Maverick7
In reality something is wrong with YOU if you are ruled by 'jealousy'.
It's an immature, pointless attribute or character flaw.
That's the problem with human "jealousy" - it's oftentimes warp.
But with respect to God it's totally different than that of humans.
God's point of view is much higher than ours. Way higher.
To get a clearer understanding, some Bibles translate it in much better way.
Like the Good News Translation (GNT).
Here's how it renders Ex 20:5
5 Do not bow down to any idol or worship it, because I am the Lord your God and I tolerate no rivals. I bring punishment on those who hate me
and on their descendants down to the third and fourth generation.
Compare with the KJV:
(Exd 20:5 KJV) "Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God [am] a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the
fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth [generation] of them that hate me;"
In short, the "jealousy" He is referring to here is no other than an "Exclusive Devotion" to him!
As one Bible scholar puts it this way:
“When applied to God, the concept of jealousy does not carry the connotation of a warped emotion, but, rather, of an insistence on the singleness of
worship of Jehovah.” - G. H. Livingston,The Pentateuch in Its Cultural Environment
So if you truly love God, then your loyalty is to Him only.
Jesus Christ captured it perfectly when he said:
29 Jesus replied, “The most important one is this: ‘Listen, Israel! The Lord our God is the only Lord.[a] 30 Love the Lord your God with all your
heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ -- Mark 12:29-30 GNT
Yet in spite of the command and the advance warning, what does the nation of Israel do?
(Psa 78:58 KJV) "For they provoked him to anger with their high places, and moved him to jealousy with their graven images."
But in human terms and relationship, when two couples get into marriage, there's a sacred VOW and promised between the two. That BOTH with love each
other no matter what. That their loyalty is towards each other.
Of course since humans are imperfect, thus we all fall short of our promises.
God on the other hand CAN'T break His promises for He can't lie!
As the scripture says:
(Hbr 6:18 ASV) "it is impossible for God to lie"
edit on 11-1-2014 by edmc^2 because: reword