Strong Protecting Love

Isaiah 26:1–6, Psalm 18:1–9, Nehemiah 6:15–16

Strength is measured in many ways. When you’re the one being attached, often it is by fists (or equivalent). Another way is deterrent. In other words, what will be the cost to attack? When a strong city is called out, it is a city that, yes, can defend itself. It is also a city that others would not want to attack. This particular city, Jerusalem, had God as its ultimate defense.

What country or military power would want to attack God? This was the hope of the Israelites, that God would protect them.

God does want to protect those who God, and worship and honor God. The phrasing, however, gets odd when we talk about . Jealousy always seems to be bad. Even when we say God has a jealous for us, it sounds bad.

Rev. George Harrison calls the shadow of . That doesn’t sound much better. However, he notes that what we often call is actually corrupted by envy. True —or righteous —is when wholesome and are denied, betrayed, or destroyed.

God, then, is jealous when the due by right (as Creator) and relationship (whether Israelite, Christian or the not quite) is no longer. God’s jealous is the heart of one betrayed. As the one whose is faithful and never-changing, God would do just about anything for those God s.

1) Re-read the last paragraph. What sign do we have of this?

2) Re-read the scriptures with this understanding of God’s jealous . Does your understanding change?

3) What is important to understand God’s jealous and our lives, and how we live them?

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.