Our God is a jealous God. Today we studied Exodus 34: 10-17 where God declares Himself to be jealous. Jealous for His glory and jealous for His people. “God’s jealousy means that God continually seeks to protect His own honor” (David Scudder).
So, how does knowing God is a jealous God affect us in our Christian life? God’s jealousy controls us and God’s jealousy comforts us. Spurgeon stated, “Sin is a deliberate treason against the majesty of God, and assault upon his crown, and insult offered to his throne.” Knowing God is jealous means that I stay away from sin because I do not want to provoke God to jealousy (2 Corinthians 10). Knowing God is jealous means I I smash all other gods that take my affection away from God who is the only One who deserves my worship.
John Piper said,
“The ten commandments are not a job description for God’s employees. They are the wedding vows that the peasant girl takes to forsake all others and to cleave to the king alone and to live in a way that brings no dishonor to his great name.
God is infinitely jealous for the honor of his name, and responds with terrible wrath against those whose hearts should belong to him but go after other things. For example, in Ezekiel 16:38-40 he says to faithless Israel, “I will judge you as women who break wedlock and shed blood are judged, and bring upon you the blood of wrath and jealousy. And I will give you into the hand of your lovers and they shall throw down your vaulted chamber … they shall strip you of your clothes and take your fair jewels, and leave you naked and bare. They shall bring up a host against you and cut you to pieces with swords.”
I urge you to listen to this warning. The jealousy of God for your undivided love and devotion will always have the last say. Whatever lures your affections away from God with deceptive attraction, will come back to strip you bare and cut you in pieces. It is a horrifying thing to use your God-given life to commit adultery against the Almighty.
But for those of you who have been truly united to Christ and who keep your vows to forsake all others and cleave only to him and live for his honor — for you the jealousy of God is a great comfort and a great hope. Since God is infinitely jealous for the honor of his name, anything and any body who threatens the good of his faithful wife will be opposed with divine omnipotence.
God’s jealousy is a great threat to those who play the harlot and sell their heart to the world and make a cuckold out of God. But his jealousy is a great comfort to those who keep their covenant vows and become strangers and exiles in the world.”
I really enjoyed the application of this sermon as well as the conviction it brought. I must remember to be controlled and warned by God’s jealousy and yet at the same time let it draw me closer to the God who is jealous for my affection as well as my obedience.