God is Jealous
In my sermon yesterday, I preached on the John 2 account of Jesus overturning the tables in the temple. I stated that one of the reasons why He did this is because He is a jealous God who has an unquenchable and jealous zeal for worship. I quoted Exodus 34:14 that says,”For you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.”
I’m reading the book, Warfield on the Christian Life, which is a book written by Fred Zaspel that explores the theology and life of one of America’s leading theologians, B.B. Warfield, who lived from 1851-1921. While reading today, I came across this quote from him on the “jealous envy” of God. I thought I would share it as a compliment to my sermon yesterday.
God contemplates our dallying with the world and the world’s pleasures. He envies the world of our love – the love due Him, pledged to Him, but basely withdrawn from Him and squandered upon the world. The combined expression is, you will see, astonishingly intense. God is represented as panting, yearning, after us, even unto not merely jealousy, but jealous envy. Such vehemence of feeling in God is almost incredible. Strain the capacity of words to the utmost and still they fall short of expressing the jealous envy with which He contemplates the love of His people for the world, the yearning desire which possesses Him to turn them back to their duty to Him.