What Does God’s Jealousy Have to Do With Marriage- Part 3 Notes By @NowWithNicole

Are You Jealous for Your Name?

During the month of February, The Worthy Project Ministry and Now With Nicole will be hosting a series of events in honor of Relationship Wellness Month. One of our events includes a study on God, jealousy, and how it applies to how we treat our spouses. This is the second blog post in our “Jealousy” series notes. It continues our exploration into what the Bible says about God and jealousy. As with Part 1 and Part 2, I am sharing the notes as a precursor to our forthcoming celebration. All notes in this series will be referenced during the official events in February. Just as the notes in the previous posts, these are raw and unedited. I will continue to share my rough drafts throughout my studies and invite you to follow along. I would love to hear your thoughts.  Don’t forget to join us in February for our Google Hangouts, Twitter chats, and other events designed to encourage us to protect our marriages.

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What Does God’s Jealousy Have to Do With Marriage Part 3 Notes

7.) I Kings 19:10

KJV- And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

NASB- He said, “I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

Strong’s Reference- 7065- See Notes Part 1

Thoughts- Zealousness /jealousy brings about faithfulness. Elijah’s zeal caused him to be faithful to the LORD. We should have this type of zeal, this steadfastness for our spouses. This type of zeal is giving of loyalty, not demanding of it. This type of zeal makes us want to do right by the person for whom we are jealous.

8.) I Kings 19:14- Also see I Kings 19:10

KJV- And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

NASB- Then he said, “I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.”

Strong’s Reference- 7065- See Notes Part 1

Thoughts- Zeal for the object of your affection helps you to stay faithful. It caused Elijah not to stray and go after other gods- even when “everyone else was doing it.” In the marital context, zeal for our spouses causes us to be faithful and not go after things that will destroy our relationship with our spouses.

9.) Ezekiel 39:25

KVJ- Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name;

NLT- “So now, this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will end the captivity of my people; I will have mercy on all Israel, for I jealously guard my holy reputation!

Strong’s Reference- 7065- See Notes Part 1

Thoughts- As with Elijah’s jealousy, this type of jealousy/zealousness causes us to do the right thing. God restored His people, because he wanted to protect His holy name. He jealously guarded his name. He believed in integrity. Likewise, our zeal for our name, for our integrity, should cause us to do those things that are right in His sight. Furthermore, as His sons and daughter, our number one goal should be to not make His name look bad while we are out doing things that do not look like they are of God. When we care about His name and our name, we are careful to protect it. We are jealous over our name. Applying to marriage, if you are jealous over your name, this should result in you not wanting to do anything that taints it. This should cause you to walk circumspectly and not want to even risk getting ensnared by your flesh. This speaks to me that jealousy isn’t just some “silly” emotion felt by an insecure person, but jealousy is something that helps us live our lives as God’s Spirit leads us to live. Jealousy is so much deeper than what the world tries to sell. It’s not merely a trifling emotion. Jealousy is a part of God’s protective character, and we should desire this trait in our relationship with Him and our spouses.

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What Does God’s Jealousy Have to Do With Marriage- Part 2 Notes By @NowWithNicole

Protecting Our Husbands and Wives

*Formerly Part 1b*

During the month of February, The Worthy Project Ministry and Now With Nicole will be hosting a series of events in honor of Relationship Wellness Month. One of our events includes a study on God, jealousy, and how it applies to how we treat our spouses. This is the second blog post in our “Jealousy” series notes. It continues our exploration into what the Bible says about God and jealousy. As with Part 1, I am sharing the notes as a precursor to our forthcoming celebration. All notes in this series will be referenced during the official events in February. Just as the notes in Part 1, these are raw and unedited. I will continue to share my rough drafts throughout my studies and invite you to follow along. I would love to hear your thoughts.  Don’t forget to join us in February for our Google Hangouts, Twitter chats, and other events designed to encourage us to protect our marriages.

You may follow me on Twitter at @NowWithNicole.

What Does God’s Jealousy Have to Do With Marriage- Part 2

4.) Deuteronomy 5:9- Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me,….

Strong’s Reference- 7067- See Notes Part 1 

Thoughts- Yah is very serious about us not falling to idol worship. He warns us about this many times. This shows His concern; care for our relationship and for our safety.

5.) Deuteronomy 6:15- (For the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.

Strong’s Reference- 7067- See Notes Part 1

Thoughts- Once again, we are warned not to worship other idols. In verses 1-14, Moses is telling about all the good things that the Israelites had because God gave them to them. He told them not to forget Egypt. Don’t forget the slavery from where He has taken you. He gave them all of these good things. These were not things they would have had on their own. Was it too much to act that they be faithful? Is it too much to ask that after He blesses us with so much that we be faithful? This passage warns us not to provoke the Lord to anger. Traipsing around with other gods, playing with fire is an example of provocation. The Bible tells us in other Scriptures not to provoke people. In society, there are laws about provocation in criminal law matters. Provocation can be a defense to lessen the penalty of a crime that was committed.

6.) Joshua 24:19- And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.

Strong’s Reference- 7072- See Notes Part 1

Thoughts- Reading in context, we should not say that we want to be in fellowship with Yah if we want to serve or continue serving other gods. We should not say that we want to worship Him and keep these idols. By doing so, we are provoking Him to anger and the consequences will be our fault. This is interesting because often we want to do what we want to do. We make ourselves our own idols by following our ways instead of God’s ways. Then, we get mad when we suffer the consequences of not remembering that He is a jealous God. Why are we provoking Him? Why do we put ourselves into situations that He warns us against hoping that He will save us? The saving part comes from the warning before the path to destruction.

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What Does God’s Jealousy Have to Do With Marriage- Part 1 Notes By @NowWithNicole

Protecting Our Husbands and Wives

During the month of February, The Worthy Project Ministry will be hosting a series of events designed to start a conversation. First, a conversation with God and second, a conversation with our spouse. Part of the series includes taking a deeper look at the concept of jealousy. The Bible tells us that “God is a jealous God.” If this is true about our relationship with God, and our marital relationship is meant to be a reflection of our spiritual relationship, what does it tell us about how we should conduct ourselves in marriage?

This post contains the notes I have so far during the study. They are raw and unedited for grammar. I will be sharing my rough drafts throughout my studies and invite you to follow along. I would love to hear your thoughts.  Don’t forget to join us in February for our Google Hangouts, Twitter chats, and other events designed to encourage us to protect our marriages.

You may follow me on Twitter at @NowWithNicole.

What Does God’s Jealousy Have to Do With Marriage- Part 1 Notes

Using God’s Jealousy as an Example in Christian Marriage

*These are rough notes that will be used during February’s Relationship Wellness Month Activities. This is raw, unpolished material.*

1.) Exodus 20:5- I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

Strong’s Reference- 7067- qanna (ken-aw’); from 7065; jealous. Comp. 7072.

7065- qana (kaw-naw’) prim. Root; to be (caus. make) zealous, i.e. (in a bad sense) jealous or envious:- (be) envy (ious), be (move, to provoke to) jealous (-y), x very, (be) zeal (-ous).

7072- qannow (kanno’) for 7067; jealous or angry:- jealous.

Thoughts- Yah telling Isralites not to bow down to serve other gods “idols” before Him. An idol is anything you put before God, before what He tells you to do. You can be your own idol. Your relationship with other people can be an idol.

2.) Exodus 34:14- For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:

Strong’s Reference- 7065

Thoughts- Looking at the surrounding Scriptures, Yah is jealous because He does not want us to get caught up with the ungodly. He does not want us whoring after other gods (idols, people we should not be with, etc). He warns us to stay away from them. He tells us to not go after them so that you will not make a covenant with the people who are not of Him. Play with fire and get burned. Why not just stay away from those things that will cause us to stumble? Why do we still pursue unholy alliances thinking that we are strong enough to withstand the temptation to fall into idolatry? An idols is much more than a graven image. You can make yourself an idol when you choose to follow your ways before God’s.

3.) Deuteronmy 4:24- For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.

Strong’s Reference- 7067

Thoughts- In context of surrounding Scriptures, Yah’s jealousy, once again is to warn us away from danger; to protect us from idolatry. Idolatry is unfaithfulness, putting anything before God. It’s more than making or worshiping a graven image.

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Houston African Film Festival February 2015

Houston African Film Festival

February 6-8

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The Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) announces the Houston African Film Festival February 6-8 at the museum. The museum has partnered with the Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF)  to bring Houston a weekend film festival that promotes an understanding and appreciation of Africa and Africans through moving images. The weekend showcase of films from various African countries will take audiences of all ages across the continent, presenting a mix of feature films, shorts, documentaries and animations from Africa’s seasoned and emerging first-voice filmmakers.

Opening night features the Ethiopian narrative film Horizon Beautiful, about a child who sets a mischievous plan in motion to become the next soccer star.  The closing night film, The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo, a Ghanaian documentary about the beloved Ghanaian playwright and author.  Sandwiched between them on Saturday, February 7, with Director Peres Owino in attendance, is BOUND: Africans versus African Americans, a hard hitting documentary that addresses the hidden tension that exists between Africans and African Americans.  An additional highlight is the Saturday Afternoon community dialogue, “Black Roots, Disparate Connections: The African Diaspora in the 21st Century.”

Schedule of Events

Letting Go of Temporary Relationships (and Jobs) to Receive Permanent Ones

There Is a Season for Everything Under the Sun

In today’s episode of Now With Nicole we discuss letting go of dead or dying relationships (and careers) to make room for ones that breathe life into you. I talk about the day I discovered I was a back-up friend and my response. Also discussed is what happens when we hang on to “in the meantime” jobs past the “meantime.”

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Dying Without a Will and Texas Common Law Marriages

Hangout with Attorney Nicole Huffman as she provides estate planning tips for common law married couples in Texas. Visithttp://MiriamNicoleHuffman.com/#section-now-nicole-legacy-building-series for information about the other Hangouts in this legacy building series.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Christianity

Are you perpetuating violent behavior?

God is not okay with domestic violence. God is really not okay with unrepentant abusive behavior. Unfortunately, believers in Christ as a body (not just certain individuals or churches) are doing an extremely poor job addressing this topic. It may be out of discomfort, ignorance, shame, or a number of other reasons. Whatever the reasons may be, they are not sufficient enough to sit by silently while a member of the body is being abused. Domestic Violence Awareness Month is not the only time to stop the violence of silence, every day should be a day to support victims or survivors and to educate the community on the importance of love and respect.

Domestic Violence and Christianity

 

Why Parents of Minor Children Need Wills and More: The Estate Planning Series

Join Now With Nicole as we take a look at important estate planning issues all parents of minor children should know. We will discuss how to plan for potential problems that are often overlooked by parents. Who will get custody of the children after you die? Who will guard the child’s property? How responsible is the potential guardian? Whether you are single or married, join the Hangout to talk about these questions and more. You may view the entire schedule for the series here.

The Bare Minimum Estate Planning Documents: The Estate Planning Series

What Will Be Your Legacy?

In honor of Family History Month, join Now With Nicole throughout October as we discuss leaving a positive legacy behind for your family. In this first installment, we address the basic estate planning documents you should have to help protect your family. Estate planning is for everyone- even single, unmarried persons without children. Death brings about a side to people you may not normally see. Thoughtful planning can be used to promote peace and discourage bad behavior.

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