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GODLY JEALOUSY
Christianity Oasis Ministry has provided you with this Godly Jealousy study on Godly Jealousy verses. This Godly Jealousy Bible study on Godly Jealousy meaning looks at Godly Jealousy message and asks what is Godly Jealousy, is there such thing as Godly Jealousy, do Christians have Godly Jealousy, did anyone in the Bible have Godly Jealousy, did God have Godly Jealousy, what is the Godly Jealousy message and how does Godly Jealousy affect your Christian walk according to the Bible. The Apostle Paul stated that he had Godly Jealousy. Wow ... Godly Jealousy even sounds like an oxymoron, but is Godly Jealousy something Christians may possess at times? Let us seek and find within the Bible the truth of Godly Jealousy with Godly Jealousy message together in this Godly Jealousy Bible study, shall we?

 

GODLY JEALOUSY

The Apostle Paul spoke these words to the Christians ...
 

2 Corinthians 11:2
For I AM JEALOUS over you with GODLY JEALOUSY
...

But ... What did he mean?

Before we address that, let's look at something God had said He would do, by making the Israelites jealous.
 

GODLY JEALOUSY

WHAT IS GODLY JEALOUSY AND ARE CHRISTIANS TO HAVE GODLY JEALOUSY?
 

Romans 10:19
But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you.
 

Paul is speaking of this Scripture:

Deuteronomy 32:21
They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which
ARE NOT A PEOPLE; I will provoke them to anger with a FOOLISH nation. 

God told the Jewish people that because they had made HIM jealous by choosing other things over Him, that He would make the Jewish people jealous by choosing others over them who were NOT A PEOPLE and were FOOLISH.

Who is God talking about when He speaks of a group of souls who were NOT A PEOPLE and were FOOLISH.

The answer is … Christians.

Some may say, but is it not the GENTILES that God speaks of and they are right in a sense.

The Gentiles WERE accepted into the New Covenant, but it is CHRISTIANS that God is talking about and here is how we KNOW:

1 Corinthians 1:26-28
For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But
God hath chosen the FOOLISH things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are.

Yes, that is right my friend …

WE are the FOOLISH ones who were NOT A PEOPLE then, whom He chose to make the Israelites jealous.

1 Peter 2:9-10
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a 
PECULIAR people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light; Which in time past WERE NOT A PEOPLE, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
 

Israel was God’s peculiar treasure …

Psalms 135:4
For the LORD hath chosen Jacob (Israel) unto Himself, and Israel for His PECULIAR treasure.
 

Now Christians are His peculiar treasure.

GODLY JEALOUSY TRUTH OF GODLY JEALOUSY PROMISE

And God KNEW that choosing others … Would make the Israelites jealous.

The way we know it is Christians and not SOLELY Gentiles that God is talking about is that the Christian movement began with Jewish believers and Christianity has both Jewish and Gentiles within it but are now ONE.

1 Corinthians 12:13
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

So, God made the Jewish people (who stopped following Him and made HIM jealous) themselves jealous by choosing Christian believers, which the Jewish people (Who are not Christians) despise and reject the beliefs of cuz it would convict them.


But, does this mean the Jewish people are history?

Not a chance ... IF they become Christians.

Romans 11:23-26
And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again. For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written …
 

So, God used jealousy as a means by which to bring souls to HIM.

It was never about a nation, but rather a group of people that PUT HIM FIRST and now BELIEVE IN JESUS.

It is and always was about FAITH in GOD that had God choose a PERSON.

Hebrews 11:8-9
By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob (Israel), the heirs with him of the same promise ...

This is very important to understand ...

GODLY JEALOUSY PURPOSE AND GODLY JEALOUSY REASON

The PLACE called Israel is really just the offspring of Jacob (whose name was changed to Israel
)

Genesis 32:28
And He said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed
.

 Israel (Jacob) was the grandson of Abraham.

Abraham's FAITH to follow God had him receive the Promise which carried on to his offspring.

Just a lil history lesson there.

Now back to Jealousy ...

Jealousy … What a powerful emotion.

It can even unblind a soul, huh?

But, jealousy can also be a bad emotion too as we all know so very well, do we not?

 Ponder on this a sec ...

What would you say causes jealousy the most in our society today?

 I believe that it is the jealousy between a man and woman when one or the other feels they are being cheated on.

So ... How does one determine if they are wrong or right by being jealous over this tho?  

I believe that it depends on IF the one holding jealousy, is in the wrong, in the eyes of the Lord, which is most common.

I mean … If the individual who is overcome with jealousy has inadequacy or fear issues … Then obviously these negative THOUGHTS caused the jealousy.

But, let's type about the other side of the coin.

There is NO doubt ...
 
The spirit of jealousy can come upon a human.

Numbers 5:14
And the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be defiled: or if the
spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be not defiled ...

Did you notice it spoke of jealousy when a man had this SPIRIT of jealousy come upon him when the woman is defiled versus when she is NOT?

Is there not a jealousy that springs forth when one KNOWS their spouse is cheating on them which is not only a natural instinct, but where the soul who is jealous is guiltless in the eyes of the Lord? 

Numbers 5:29-31
This is the law of jealousies, when a wife goeth aside to another instead of her husband, and is defiled; Or when the spirit of jealousy cometh upon him, and he be jealous over his wife, and shall set the woman before the LORD, and the priest shall execute upon her all this law. Then shall the man be guiltless from iniquity, and this woman shall bear her iniquity.
 

When Jesus was speaking of marriage, He stated:

Matthew 5:32
But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.
 

This statement made it clear that fornication (cheating in this case) was a reason one could divorce.

This reveals that God does not like for a spouse to be cheated on.

So, is it a "Godly jealousy" when one TRULY has a cheating spouse?  

Are we not made in HIS image and is He not a jealous Father as He stated clearly:

Exodus 34:14
For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God ...
 

Now Solomon made it clear that Jealousy IS a natural reaction and rage usually follows:

Proverbs 6:34
For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
 

So, let it be known that I speak NOT of allowing jealousy to lead to vain vengeance and taking it upon oneself to punish for the pain caused, as we all know judging is HIS department:

Romans 12:19
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
 

Of course we are to FORGIVE as to be forgiven, so I am not here to give reason for one to hold a plague within the mind or heart. This is like a cancer that just eats you up inside.

The immediate reaction of jealousy may be natural, but to hold on to any negative emotion will prove to negatively affect one's life.

 No, I am typing about NATURAL SPIRITUAL reactions when we are wronged OR when we see wrong being done ...

For example ... I have never been married and never been "cheated on" …

But, I do have friends who have and I myself after hearing of it, get what I suppose one might call ... Jealous.

I am sure you know what I am saying.

I suppose that I got jealous over the WRONG being done against a holy union.

Or was it because it happened to MY friend.

Do we get jealous when strangers do this to one another?

Or just when it happens to US or OURS?

AND/OR

Is it possible that it is God within us who gets jealous at times and we are but vessels? I mean you could FEEL when the Holy Spirit FIRE proceeded from Stephen when he was answering to those judging him in Acts chapter 7 when this was said …

Acts 7:51
Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
 

Sounds a lot like John the Baptist huh? Our God is a jealous God ... Maybe ... It is HIS "jealousy" we sense within us  at times when we learn of something that HE despises and it crosses our path by way of our eyes and/or ears.

 Sooooooo … Do we, as Christians not get Jealous for GOD when we see someone wrong HIM or His?

Of course we do ...

 So, there IS a “Godly” jealousy that man can possess.

As I shared at the beginning of this study ...

Paul said this …

2 Corinthians 11:2
For I AM JEALOUS over you with GODLY JEALOUSY: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
 

What did Paul mean when he said that he was jealous and what was he jealous about?

 Paul was speaking of the Spiritual marriage between Christians and the Lord as he saw himself as bringing the potential Christians to the Lord to become betrothed and wanted them to be as pure in mind and heart as they could be.

 Was not Elijah jealous for the Lord?

1 Kings 19:10
And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
 

Now HERE is the biggie …

GODLY JEALOUSY DISCERNMENT AND WHEN GODLY JEALOUSY IS WRONG AND WHEN GODLY JEALOUSY IS RIGHT

How do we discern if the jealousy within us is right or wrong, God or us?

Here is Wisdom … IF it is God within you which causes this “Jealous” emotion to spring forth … You will know it and it will never satisfy any selfish gain or vanity within YOU. It is actually humbling and you are as shocked as those who bear witness when it passes, cuz it is NOT you.

But, beware … Cuz the enemy of your soul can “trigger” that same emotion as well by placing thoughts within ya and it too can surprise you that you spake the words that you did, but the FRUITS are MUCH diff. YOU first feel GOOD about speaking YOUR mind, but then later feel wrong, but pride usually hinders ya from making things right as the vicious cycle grows.

No, the TRUTH is … It will always come down to THE HEART OF THE MATTER of all parties involved as that is what God will judge. Since, we know only OUR heart, we need to WAIT UPON THE LORD in PRAYER.

1 Corinthians 4:5
Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.
 

Even Jesus, while awaiting God’s Words ... Drew upon the sand when the people asked Him a question, trying to trick Him.

John 8:5-8
Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, TEMPTING HIM, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with His finger wrote on the ground, AS THOUGH HE HEARD THEM NOT. So when they continued asking Him, He lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again He stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
 

It is best when we feel jealousy overcome us to STOP, breathe and do a lil drawing in the sand as we await GOD’S Word on the matter.
 

 

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