Jealous? Really?

So far I have written about three commandments and have tried to share some new light — the practical kind of light. I’ve shared the value of honest faithfulness, questioned the true Sabbath day, and felt impelled to share a perspective that brought some balance to my thoughts about the Ford and Kavenaugh controversy.

confusedAs I was thinking about this next commandment, I was thinking about the word “jealous.” Did you know that according to the Bible God is a jealous God, and that’s the reason we shouldn’t bow down to anything else?

“Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God…”

Jealousy is not a quality I have ever connected with God. I mean what is the need for jealousy if the infinite Good already has everything. God is completely content, and jealousy comes from dissatisfaction. Is God satisfied or not?

You may be expecting me to introduce a different view. To spin this in a positive way. I’ve got nothin’! At least not yet. 😀

What’s your impression of this statement about a jealous God? Feel free to comment below or send me a private message.

 

Honest Faithfulness

“Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.” ~Ex 20:7

This one is particularly close to my heart because I recently realized how this particular Commandment should be tightly intertwined with everything I do.

Using the word “God” with proper respect, reverence, and honor is important. However, as they say, actions always speak louder than words. Okay then, what is taking the name of God in vain all about when we are talking about behavior?

The original Hebrew word translated as “take” has many other interesting meanings. Here are a few that caught my eye: “bear, bring forth, fetch, hold up, wear, yield.” And the original word translated as “name” also has these meanings “nature, character, or authority of”

So this Commandment could be written like this: We must hold up the character and authority of God with integrity. There is nothing worse than a car without an engine, a flower without any buds, a sunrise without the sun, prayer without an effect, and men and women of Faith without true faithfulness.

This commandment is all about honest faithfulness, and I hope you will join me in pausing to contemplate how to raise this standard in our lives. Thank you so much for taking the time to read.


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