Qanna – Jealous (Exodus 20: 5)

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Qanna – Jealous (Exodus 20: 5). “Jealous” isn’t often the first word we think of when we think of God, but several times throughout Scripture God refers to Himself this way.

The first time is in (Exodus 20: 5) the portion of Scripture where God gives the 10 Commandments to Moses. This verse says, “Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them (other, false gods), nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God…”

The word translated “jealous” is “qanna”, and it’s used to mean that God will not bear any rival.

In Exodus 34: 14 we read “for thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” Again in Deuteronomy 4: 24, we see, “For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God”. And twice more in Deuteronomy, as well as in a few additional verses, God points out His jealousy.

We may think we can keep just a little part of ourselves to ourselves and still serve God fully, but we’re wrong. Or, we may fool ourselves to believe that if we put only the “good” things before God-things like our family or our charitable causes… or our church-then we’re ok, but we’re wrong. God will stand no rivals.

If you’ve ever been jealous over someone or something you know that fire that eats away at you-but God is a consuming fire. He will not be mocked, And he will not take second place. We are either all His-all in- or we are not, There is no halfway with Jesus.

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