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Study Guide #10b—A Jealous God

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By Kay Smith and Ruth Wood

Jealousy usually has negative connotations. However, God expresses a right and appropriate jealousy. How would you distinguish between a righteous jealousy and an unrighteous one?

1. What do you first think of when you hear the word “jealous”?

2. Consider these two situations. Is there any difference in the kinds of jealousy these two women feel? Are either justified or right in their jealousy? Why or why not?

(a) Jane is jealous because her friend, Dorothy, has a bigger house, newer clothes, and a car that starts on cold mornings without being pushed.

(b) Mary is jealous because her husband, John, has been working late with his secretary three nights a week and then takes her out to dinner. Recently, John and his secretary had dinner the night of his and Mary’s wedding anniversary. He completely spaced the date.

3. In the Old Testament, who was God jealous over? Why? What did His jealousy require that the Israelites do and not do?

Exodus 20:1-6

Exodus 34:10-17

4. Read Ezekiel 16:1-43. In verses 1-14, what’s the picture? Who is being addressed and what is “she” being compared to? What is God comparing Himself to?

Verses 15-34. What did Jerusalem (the Israelites) do? What are they compared to? What is God compared to (verse 32)?

Verses 35-43. What does God feel towards Jerusalem? What does He do?

Do you think God had a right to be jealous? What was His jealousy based on (see verse 60)?

5. Why doesn’t God just give up on His people and let them “dig their own grave”?

Ezekiel 39:25-28

Isaiah 42:8

6. By what picture is the church sometimes portrayed?

Ephesians 5:25-27

II Corinthians 11:2-3

7. What does a jealous God want from His bride? See above verses, plus James 4:1-5.

8. Does He have a right to ask this of you? If you feel incapable of meeting the demands, read on in James 4:6-10.

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