January 31, 2015 MiNiHol

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.

End of Part 3

Follow the Series:

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

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

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