“The Jealousy of God with Respect to Idols”
Exodus 20:4-5, Deuteronomy 4:24, Nahum 1:2
- The concept of jealousy
- When jealousy is wrong for us
- When jealousy is right for us
- God demonstrates jealousy and is without sin
- The only time God is jealous is with respect to our idols
- The fact of God’s jealousy (Ex. 20:4-5, Deut. 4:24, Nahum 1:2)
- It’s supported in holy Scripture
- The reason has to do with the idols of His people
- The further explanation of God’s jealousy with
respect to idols
- The only relationship God is interested in is one that is exclusive
and completely committed. He is not interested in an “open
relationship” with you. He won’t consider sharing space on
the love seat of your heart. His throne has only one seat.
- God is jealous for your heart, not because He is petty or
insecure, but because He loves you. The reason why God has
such a huge problem with idolatry is that His love for you is
all-consuming. He loves you too much to share you.
- God is so possessive about us: He is, as He says, a consuming fire
of passion for us. (Deut. 4:24)
- It’s overwhelming to realize that the Lord God loves us this way;
it changes the way we see ourselves. Everything in life has more
significance when someone loves you like that, especially
- God will not give up without a fight. God is in pursuit of our
wandering, adulterous hearts, and He will stalk us to our graves.
- Only in Christianity do we find the all-powerful One who takes an
active role as father to every human being. His most striking feature
is not anger or power or transcendence or even creativity, but
instead is His relentless, all-consuming love.
- God is jealous for your whole heart.
Sermon Topics: Idolatry