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.
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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.