A Jealous God

Judah did evil in the eyes of the LORD. By the sins they committed they stirred up his jealous anger more than their fathers had done. 1 Kings 14:22

You may recall that Rehoboam, son of Solomon, was king over Judah. He had asked his elders what he should do, then asked his younger counselors what he should do. He took the advice of his peers rather than the wisdom of his elders. Then he fled for his life because the people were very displeased. Egypt attacked Jerusalem and took the gold shields that were in the temple. Rehoboam replaced them with bronze shields and had them placed under guard.

Once again, the LORD states that the entire nation did evil in His eyes. He is a jealous God and stirred up his wrath. What were Judah’s sins? High places, sacred stones, asherah poles, and male prostitution. All of this points to pagan worship with a significant sexual element involved (for more information, search the first three phrase on Google or Bing). Judah had strayed. As the leader of Judah, Rehoboam had also strayed. His kingdom was quickly winding down.

Throughout Scripture, we see that God is jealous about his people, us. I don’t think we quite comprehend the depth of that love and jealousy. In prayer today, ask God to help you understand that love and jealousy. Be very specific about it.

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