The Corinthian’s were also coveting the gifts that others had, but as we can see, jealousy was a trademark of the church at Corinth. (From Forerunner Commentary). This law would make the women of Israel watch against giving cause for suspicion. In fact, in Deuteronomy 4:24, His anger becomes so hot that He describes Himself as being a consuming fire.Fire symbolizes God's radiant glory as an aspect of His holiness. Martin G. Collins He loves whatever they heard, and when he brings this news, one can see the light in his eyes. How can that be? In this passage, God is having a passionate reaction against a rival, idolatry. It is not wrong to want something. The Tenth Commandment. We can want a spouse, a house, or a car, but not if it belongs to our neighbor - unless he is selling a possession, and we acquire it in a fair and honest manner. Labor and management throw verbal bombs at each other. Jealousy had set so deeply in her heart that it led her to despise her husband. JEALOUSY. are we stronger?—that we can risk a contest with Him. The older brother represents the Pharisaical attitude that resents God's interest in sinners—the same attitude in the early church that looked suspiciously at the inclusion of Gentiles. Martin G. Collins In fact, we could say that all the above flow from idolatry! Along with Hezbollah, it has been Israel's chief enemy for many years. God's love for Israel undergirds why hatred and violence against Israel is such a terrible transgression. For those younger folks who may not know, chivalry was an ancient, knightly code emphasizing the virtues of service to others, honor, love, and courtesy. What causes these family wars? Parables of Luke 15 (Part Three). Why be rude to sales clerks and wait staffs? It pulls us toward it and makes us want to join and enjoy the benefits of such a positive, uplifting, and good spirit. »When God accepted Abel's offering but rejected Cain's—favor based on obedience and proper attitude—hatred, jealousy, resentment, and murderous rage resulted (see Genesis 4). John's reply to them is one of wisdom. But He is against sin and disloyalty with just as much heat as He is for those who love Him and diligently seek Him. This is the law of jealousy — “It is not to be wondered,” says Grotius, “if God, among his own people, produced a miraculous effect for the detection of a crime most heinous, and very difficult to be proved. Jesus exhorts His disciples in Matthew 7:12: “Treat others as you want them to treat you. I would be admitting defeat. These two ideas, jealousy and consuming fire, have something in common, as Deuteronomy 4:24 suggests: Our jealous God is a consuming fire! It is in holy writ applied unto God, not to signify any such extravagancy, excess, or vehemence, as attendeth that passion in men, but only his just displeasure at the giving that homage to any creature which is due to him alone. This law would make the women of Israel watch against giving cause for suspicion. God will not permit idolatry without reacting because idolatry promotes divided loyalties. The king does not let her off easily, but lets her have a piece of his mind! On the other hand, it would hinder the cruel treatment such suspicions might occasion. It picks him up, and it is good for a person to be in such a situation. With warmth, ardor, and affection? Exodus 34:12-16 God describes idolatry as harlotry, playing around with someone else's spouse. It is difficult to see this as a mere coincidence. One is for, one is against. The sin of jealousy begins in our minds, and if it is not eliminated, it will inhibit God's Spirit from dominating our thinking. Why would we be impolite to the elderly—or anyone, for that matter? In fact, in Deuteronomy 4:24, His anger becomes so hot that He describes Himself as being a consuming fire. Instead, they "only" sold him into slavery, telling their father that he had been torn to pieces by a wild beast. Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ‘For where jealousy and selfish ambition are, there is confusion and every worthless deed.’ For jealousy and selfish ambition and self-assertiveness simply produce confusion and worthless, useless and vain practises and a church at war with itself (contrast 1 Corinthians 14:33). In the case of the Edomites, their vile attitudes first manifested themselves in such things as gloating and rejoicing over Israel's catastrophes, and led to actions such as pillaging, selling into slavery, and taking the other's territory when Israel and Judah were weak. Why not use the simplest of courtesies like “please” and “thank you”? Many people can sit and watch a fire in the hearth for hours, listening to the soothing crackle and pop of the wood and enjoying its warmth. It would also hinder the guilty from escaping, and the innocent from coming under just suspicion. He was closely watching over these people with godly jealousy. The apostle Paul gives the answer in Philippians 2:3: “Don't be jealous or proud, but be humble and consider others more important than yourselves” (Contemporary English Version). Her embarrassment—which no one else seemed to share—blinded her to the larger occasion of giving God glory. In fact, in Deuteronomy 4:24, His anger becomes so hot that He describes Himself as being a consuming fire. As a consuming fire, He will either purify or destroy with His passion. The two words are undoubtedly linked. »Through favoritism, Isaac (toward Esau) and Rebecca (toward Jacob) instilled a spirit of competition, strife, and resentment between the two brothers, which led to an even-now ongoing feud, more than 3,500 years later (see Genesis 25 and 27)! Numbers 5:29. There have been times when I have come up on the rear of a slow-moving car and muttered, “Come on, grandpa, let's go!” only to remember that I, too, am a grandpa! It would also hinder the guilty from escaping, and the innocent from coming under just suspicion. The strong attack the weak, and oppressed minorities fight to throw off the yoke of tyranny. The Holy Spirit and the Trinity (Part Four), All About Edom (Part Five): Obadiah and God's Judgment. The Refuser of Festivities, For "makes the bones fat," the marginal reference reads, "makes the bones healthy.". Being jealous is not always wrong because God is a jealous God (Ex 20:5) that despises worship of other gods and so Paul wrote, “I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ” (2nd Cor 11:2). Leviticus 19:32 commands us: “Show respect for old people and honor them. All About Edom (Part Five): Obadiah and God's Judgment. Jealousy "The light of the eyes" - One might think that the psalmist refers the light in one's own eyes, but in this case, it is not. Because Esau—the father of the Edomites—always felt that he should have been the master and received his father's wealth and blessings, he nursed his wounded feelings of superiority, and it boiled over into hatred of his brother. The Edomites, rebelling against God's will, picked on one whom God has chosen. Even though it has secured political power in Palestine, it will not renounce its perpetual hatred against the state of Israel—not even to become a viable player on the world stage. There is also a free bible study discussion guide at the bottom of the post. Put into practice the challenge in Romans 12:1-2: "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God -- this is your spiritual act of worship. In all seriousness, though, do we revere the older folks as we should? I would be a loser in life's rat race.” Most people fail to consider that, even if they win the rat race, they are still a rat! In seeking to reproduce Himself, God is preparing a bride for His Son. We are His, and He does not choose to share us with anybody or anything else. Yet, recall the burning bush where God commissioned Moses to lead His people out of slavery (Exodus 3:2). This flaw became a prime feature of Edomite character. This world is filled with wars of every size and magnitude, declared and undeclared. The pattern is in the way God depicts His feelings toward us. The practice of parents' choosing their children's spouses is not common in our Western world, but many of us wish our children were so likeminded with us that they would totally trust us with their happiness for the rest of their lives. He was eagerly desirous to do everything in his God-given power to present the church to Christ as a chaste virgin! Ronny H. Graham Yet, more often, human partiality toward or against others opens the proverbial can of worms. Yet, fire can also be used as a purifier, and it can sure feel good on a cold winter morning. »In the story of Esther, Haman's prejudice almost cost the lives of all the Jews living in the Persian Empire (see Esther 3-8). Deuteronomy 32 succinctly illustrates God's attentive relationship with Israel, how He found her, cared for her, and formed her into a great nation. There is no better example of jealousy than Joseph’s brothers, but there’s also no better picture of how destructive jealousy can be, and it all began when “Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more.