In our previous post on Jealousy, we looked at the last Hebrew words associated with jealously that described God and some of it’s implications for the believer.
With this post, I would like to consider the New Testament teaching on jealousy and if this characteristic is continued to be associated with God.
NEW TESTAMENT JEALOUSY
As we considered in our previous post, jealousy is associated with men and with God. This first portion of our post will deal with jealousy on the horizontal, that is between created beings.
The following two verses describe the same jealousy / envy of the priests of Israel had concerning Jesus.
For he knew that it was out of envy that they had delivered him up.
For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up.
The priests were driven with jealousy and envy over the popularity of the Messiah with the masses. Of course, popularity is an addictive drug, and jealousy is it’s pit of danger to fall into.
Brothers and sisters, find no satisfaction in loving popularity. This is a huge challenge for myself, since I seek approval from many in my life. This is not to be sought after.
They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips,
Paul brings envy into the picture as he describes the debauched life of the lost sinner. (Careful Carl, let’s not get too judgmental here. Some fingers may start turning back on me!!!)
1 Corinthians 3:3for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?
Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
- The competition sets teachers against each other
- The competition considers numbers more important than the students
- If a student would benefit from Bobby’s class, but I needed one more student to win the booby prize, welllll….
- The competition allowed for an “ends justifies the means” method of attracting students
- The competition created a spirit of dissatisfaction in all the teachers who were not “winning”.
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