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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Qanna / Jealous

For July, each post examines an Old Testament name of God.

Qanna / Jealous
(pronounced: "kahn-NAH")

... you shall worship no other god, for YHWH, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God ...
~ Exodus 34:14 (author)

For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.
~ Deuteronomy 4:24 (NKJV)

I've made it a point to write a fresh post here each day. Today will be a rerun, (the first I recall), one which speaks to the jealousy of any husband, and the jealousy God has for us as our Husband.



"Go and cry in the hearing of Jerusalem, saying,
'Thus says the LORD:
"I remember ... the love of your betrothal ...
What injustice have your fathers found in Me,
That they have gone far from Me,
Have followed idols,
And have become idolaters? ...
For My people have committed two evils:
They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters,
And hewn themselves cisterns—
Broken cisterns that can hold no water.
... You lay down, playing the harlot." ' "
~ Jeremiah 2:2,5,13,20 (NKJV)

Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, "The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously"?
~ James 4:4-5 (NKJV)

The Bible uses an vivid image to portray idolatry: adultery.

Does anything else in human experience ignite wrath like finding a spouse in bed with someone else? Human jealousy needs no explanation.

The Lord views idolatry with the same jealousy. We see ourselves as far too sophisticated to bow before a piece of metal, wood or stone. We forget that seeking satisfaction from the world is the New Testament’s definition of idolatry, and is also called adultery.

The Lord offers abundant living waters. To show preference for offerings from the dry and broken cistern of this world rightly ignites the jealousy of the Spirit who dwells within us.

Beloved Bridegroom, You paid a great price to make available to us the Living Waters of Your Spirit. You satisfy as nothing else. Please give us discernment between the godless, the goodly and the godly. Please woo our hearts to seek Your face, and to woo You with our own love.

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  1. Yes, He satisfys as nothing else can.

  2. Wonderful! I don't recall the original do it all felt new to me.

    I believe it was this very reason "Oprah" sited she had a problem with God. So often the jealousy is misunderstood. It's His ferocious love for us I believe that fuels this jealousy. He's jealous for us to be with him, not to be discarded and burned but to spend eternity in His glory.

    I LOVE this post. I could talk for hours on this subject alone. =)

  3. Amen!!

    Beautifully said and a great lesson!

  4. Denise, thanks for your affirmation, in all the ways you express it.

    T. Anne, "ferocious love" is a nice way to sum all this up.

    Eileen, I'm sure a romance writer also has some beautiful thoughts on good jealousy. May the Lord bless and direct your writing.


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