Thoughts on Deuteronomy #3 — Our God is a jealous God.

24th November, 2012 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

When you or I hear the word jealous, our first thoughts are usually not good or helpful. I don’t want you to be jealous of me, and when I am jealous of you, I know it’s harmful to me and my relationship with you. Too many marriages and friendships have been ruined or badly damaged by the sin of jealousy.

In Deuteronomy 4:24 Moses wrote that the LORD God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. He reminds us to be careful not to forget the covenant with God and warns of the dire consequences of idolatry. God jealously works to keep His relationship with us intact and strong.

God’s jealousy for my allegiance is a good thing. It means that His love for me is exceeds any other person’s love. It means that He doesn’t want anything to come between usĀ  because He knows that being obedient to Him is what ensures that I will be close to the God who loves me more than I can even imagine.

Later in this chapter (Deuteronomy 4:31) Moses wrote that God is a merciful God. He’s so merciful that over and over He rescues me from my own idolatry. He will never abandon or destroy me. He has covenanted with me to be my God and nothing, not even my own unfaithfulness, can break that bond that He swore by an oath.

The LORD God is a jealous God and I am thankful that He loves me that much.

Posted on: November 24, 2012

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