Here is something we often don’t hear much about, the jealousy of GOD. Since all things were created by Him and for Him (1 Col. 1:16) then He has a claim on you. But the vast majority of people are self centered and make themselves god or serve other false gods instead of serving the living Creator.
If you were husband who loves his wife dearly but your wife plays the harlot wouldn’t you feel jealous? How much more is God (who is love) jealous when He sees His creation living for their idols, whether it is themselves or some thing else, robbing God of the glory and love He deserves.
For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:
For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.
Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me,
(For the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.
“The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the LORD shall blot out his name from under heaven.”
They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger.
1 Kings 14:22-23
22 And Judah did evil in the sight of the LORD, and they provoked him to jealousy with their sins which they had committed, above all that their fathers had done.
23 For they also built them high places, and images, and groves, on every high hill, and under every green tree.
Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins. If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.
For they provoked him to anger with their high places, and moved him to jealousy with their graven images.
God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.
1 Corinthians 10:19-22
19 What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? 20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. 21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils. 22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?