Our Jealous God
I watched a YouTube clip a while back that featured *Oprah explaining why it was she was disenchanted with religion in general and Christianity in particular, revealing why she has adopted a purposely broad-minded, albeit artificial concept regarding who God is and how one relates to Him. In the snippet she recalled being “Turned-off” when her (then) preacher shared from Deuteronomy 4:24 teaching,
For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.
A Misunderstanding of Gigantic Proportions
Oprah, I love you my dear, but you misunderstood what your pastor was saying. God is not jealous of you, He is jealous for you. God is not jealous of anyone, but for everyone. He wants the best for all of us. Let us never confuse secular envy with Godly jealousy.
The best explanation I have heard draws a parallel between a God jealous for His people and that of a dad jealous for his daughter. The dad, so jealous for his little girl and wanting only the best for her, does everything within his power to spoil a rendezvous with the worldly man who comes calling for her; a man caring only to satisfy his own selfish lust.
For whose sake does dad do these things? His own?
He does these things for the sake of the child. In his jealousy for her, he gives his all to protect her. And this is what our Father God does for each of us. Our Lord desires to spoil satan’s murderous rendezvous, but in so doing He will not take away our freedom to choose. God opted to demonstrate His love for us in such a manner, that when we understood the breadth and sufficiency of His sacrifice, we would know with certitude that He had our best interest @ heart and thus we would choose to choose Him over what the world offers.
Our God is So Jealous For Us…
That He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life…But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. John 3:16 + Romans 5:8
*The blog is not intended to be mean to Oprah. I get the sense that she has been deceived, much like Eve was in the Garden. While it’s true that her words, opinions, and popularity are serving to lead many astray, we must pray for her and these others. God desires that no one should perish.
These articles may or may not relate to this blog:
- 1st Wednesday Teaching on Love- 5th September 2012 (sundayscribe.wordpress.com)
- The Bible says it’s okay to be angry, did you know this? (cpkidd09.wordpress.com)
- Just Because Oprah Said It (ascofuatwork.wordpress.com)
- Eternity (steveatwood.wordpress.com)
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