Greetings to the Father, Angels and saints in Christ. As I headed to the Library, I wondered what I would write on today. The Lord then reminded me of the caption that I had received on 4/6/07. We do not remember that God is a jealous God, but indeed He said this to the children of Israel in the words, “for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God” (Ex 20:5).

God staked His claim on Israel, not only by virtue of having created them, but because He had delivered them out of Egypt (v 2). This is a serious obligation. In other words, the people had become His bond servants. When Exodus 20 is read, we see that God is very demanding of the allegiance and worship of the children of Israel. He told them:

they were obligated to serve no other gods beside Himself (v 3)

that they were not to make any idol and worship it as god (v 4) and

that they should not bow down to other gods (v 5).

God addressed these words to “the church in the wilderness” (Acts 7:38) and He has not changed from being a jealous God up to this day. We see His response in scripture to Israel’s failure to serve and faithfully worship Him as God. He took away His favor and protection and caused their enemies to overtake them.

If we return to the mystery of marriage as a picture of Christ and the church, we can use Exodus 20: 5 as a means of understanding the issue of what I will call “holy jealousy”. What is that? Holy jealousy is encapsulated in Ex 20: 5 and the conditions placed upon Israel as a result of being the people of God.

We can therefore use God and Israel to understand Boaz’ possession of Ruth although he did not actually have her “in hand”. He was securing his inheritance and making a deposit when he extended favor and blessed her on their initial meeting. He told her to glean in his field. This is an example of “holy jealousy”.

Look also at the teaching in Songs of Solomon 8:6 which says that “jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame”.

God did not ever let Israel “get away” with infidelity, even calling them whores and adulterers. Forgive me if I am being bald in my writing.

There is a proverb which says that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Well, heaven has no fury like a God scorned.

Don’t ever scorn God, David or a Boaz for that matter. Look at how David responded to Michal. He gave her the end of the stick. You may say she had no lovers. Yes, she did. Her lovers were her pride, her selfishness and her ignorance.

Songs of Solomon 6:3 and 4 tell about the possession of married love and the reaction of the wife to invasion of the marriage. Listen to the words :

“I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine… Thou art beautiful, O my love, as Tirzah, comely as Jerusalem, terrible as an army with banners”.

Can you see the element of possession in the words “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine…?”

Why is the wife compared to a conquering army and described as “terrible as an army with banners?”

That woman is not going to sit and roll over and allow some other woman to invade her territory. She will defend it because she is a jealous lover. She is his and he is hers. That man would have to be crazy to acquiesce to the attention of another woman. Some men do that ignorantly and some deliberately. Time to wake up, men. She will kill you! Some women have actually lit men on fire when they find them in bed with another woman.

When the enemy comes in like a flood, any sane wife will raise up a standard against her. If you the husband decide to acquiesce to the attention of another woman, you are giving consent to a breach in the marriage. You need your head examined. Do you know that acquiesce means to assent tacitly; submit or comply silently or without protest; agree; consent.( Women can do this too (you see how biased I am). Like God, you have to stake your claim on your wife and raise her up with you in authority to all things. This subject is so broad, but if you know the word and the relationship between Christ and the church, you should be able to examine your marriage and make some changes where necessary.

I’m just going to tease you a bit. What would have happened to Ruth if she had gone around bowing and falling down to the owners of other fields? Boaz would have thought that she was taking him for a ride and was not serious. Do you plan to date other women or men while deciding if he or she is the one for you.

How about this one? God told Israel not to make idols and worship them in His place. Would you keep the photos and memories of old lovers as a reminder? You need to burn them. Your jealous mate wants to be the one and only.

Listen to me. I sound as if I am crazy, but God is the one who started this jealousy business. Check Him out for more.

I must end. Blessings!