Jealous For God
Coffee With God: February 13th, 2023 | Numbers 25:12-13
“Therefore say, ‘Behold, I give to him my covenant of peace, and it shall be to him and to his descendants after him the covenant of a perpetual priesthood, because he was jealous for his God and made atonement for the people of Israel.’”
Did you know that God’s jealousy is one of his most talked-about attributes, scripturally speaking? When was the last time you thought about the jealousy of God? Don’t worry, God’s jealousy is nothing like fallen, unsanctified human jealousy. God’s jealousy is righteous. God made the earth and everything in it. This includes the crown jewel of creation, his people. Doesn’t he have the right to want us to choose him?
Righteous jealousy doesn’t end with God. He loves it when his people are jealous for him. What does it mean to be jealous for God? It means wanting God to be put in his rightful place. Wanting God to be exalted, and the people of the earth humbled. His attributes esteemed, lifted-up, and prevalent on the world stage, and everything that opposes him (evil, wickedness, the devil) cast down. It is a good thing, no, a great thing to be jealous for God. How does one distinguish between righteous and carnal jealousy? By remembering that our battle is not with flesh and blood.