In Numbers 25 we read about how Phinehas zealously enforces God’s commandment regarding interacting with foreign folk. In response the Lord says,
“Phinehas… has turned back my wrath…in that he was jealous with my jealousy among them, so that I did not consume the people of Israel in my jealousy” (25:10-11).
How often do we think of God as jealous? When we hear that word, “jealous”, we think of immature guys who are possessive of their girlfriends. We think of adults who act rashly, perhaps even violently because they believe a partner is cheating on them. We think that jealousy is evil, or at best foolish.
But God’s jealousy? Exodus 34:14 says, “Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” What it means is that our God expects and demands that our love and commitment to Him will not be shared with another. Our great God wants us all to Himself. If you think about it, that is great news. The God of the universe, the marvelous Creator, the source of all that is good, all wise, all powerful King of Kings wants you and He wants me. And He does not want us to chase after other “gods” or anything that would separate us from Him. He knows that if we do, we will be harmed or harm others. He guards us. He protects us. And He demands that we belong to Him and Him alone.
It is a good thing to check ourselves in this. Do we have eyes for someone other than the LORD? Are we chasing after other and lesser gods? If the answer is “yes” or even “maybe”, it’s time to spend some time with the LORD and get honest about it.
Text: Numbers 25-27; Psalm 35