Although Jesus was God, and he was sinless and selfless, and he went around doing good for people, he was hated and rejected because he told people the truth about their sin and about their eternal destiny, if their lives were absent of true faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of their lives. Your email address will not be published. Why would they be jealous of the Son of God? Heavenly Father, thank You for Your good gifts, especially the gift of Jesus. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. King Saul lost God's favor because he disobeyed. We went to church on Sundays, but if we had to miss for a basketball game we didn't really think twice about it. 34:14. spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, Num. In Scripture, however, we read that “the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.”. Be modest and humble so you do not inflame the insecurities of those outside of the faith. There were those who felt intimidated by the attention He received, and they were threatened by His power. We are jealous for the will of God in a situation. Sure they do, though they shouldn’t. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. I grew up in a Catholic family, but luckily we weren't very religious. “For you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” Exodus 34:14. King Herod, or Herod the Great as he liked to be called, was a jealous king, placed in power by the Roman Empire. Matt. We should not look at this as a bad thing, though many do, but we should praise the Lord, be thankful and be joyful that we are being persecuted for righteousness’ sake. 3 So Judas came to the garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees. We must measure by God’s standards, and by his alone. 5:26; 1 Pet. As well, he told them that the bride (Christ’s followers) belonged to Jesus Christ, not to John. I don’t want to envy anymore. The tenants in the vineyard killed the son in order to take his inheritance. It allowed people to pick some grain as they passed through a field. Baby Jesus came to replace jealousy with great joy! He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Why Was Lucifer Jealous of the Son of God? The Bible tells us to be content with what we have, for God will never fail or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). 22-24); (2) John’s disciples are jealous (vss. 31-36). According to the jesus myth Herod was not happy that the wise men travelled to see the baby jesus... he grew jealous and ordered the baby killed. —Acts 19:4. It's not that they wanted to kill their father. Solomon, David’s son who succeeded him and through whom Jesus descended, was born of David and Bathsheba. The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. Exodus 20:5 - You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third … I keep feeling bad when I see my … Monday, March 16, 2015, 6:00 a.m. – The Lord Jesus put in mind the song “Hear My Voice.” Speak, Lord, your words to my heart. When he felt his time on earth [...]. They argued with him many times about the law of the Jews. Christian tradition maintains that after Rome nearly burned to the ground, Nero engaged in a brutal crackdown on Christians which led to the executions of Peter and Paul. He wanted to be Jesus instead of protecting Jesus' mercy seat. We need that, too, sometimes. Now a discussion arose between some of John’s disciples and a Jew over purification. 25:11 . The law allowed what the *disciples did that day. I will sacrifice to my Lord. he was and is God. We are to be separate from (unlike) the world because we are becoming like Christ. Scribes had knowledge of the law and could draft legal documents (contracts for marriage, divorce, loans, inheritance, mortgages, the sale of land, and the like). At this point in Jesus’ ministry, both Jesus and John are teaching Jews who are repentant over their sins against God’s Law covenant. As a child I took it on faith that God existed. “An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. No, it was satan who was jealous of Jesus. Psalm 19:14 Contemplation in the Christian tradition is meditation on God. Some will even go out of their way to criticize you, your spouse, your children and your work. One thing struck me as I have been thinking about Martha’s response to Mary’s actions: Martha was not envious of Mary, but angry with her. And from Him to ne’er depart. Why Was Lucifer Jealous of the Son of God? 31-36). is baptizing, and all are going to him.” Yet, John is not jealous. Watch the video for Jealous of Jesus from Sebadoh's The Freed Weed for free, and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. Jesus didn't own anything or possess anything that would trigger their jealousy. Yet, for those who do accept Christ’s testimony, they certify that God is truthful. With selfish, sinful jealousy, we are the beneficiaries of our covetous thoughts. Follow Christ’s model of unconditional love and grace. Sometimes, when we are tempted to be envious of others we need someone to “set the record straight” for us, too. Their egos were hurt, being like petulant children, jealous that Jesus had more people surrounding him. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Jesus was steeped in the religious culture of his time; he knew the potential consequences of his actions. If we also preach the true gospel of Jesus Christ, and we talk about sin, judgment, hell, obedience, repentance and submission to Christ, as well as talk about his salvation, his grace, healing, mercy and forgiveness, we are likely to be rejected, too, because we speak the truth. . Jesus was hated for many things, but at the heart of the religious community was an intense hatred for Jesus’ authority to forgive sins—an authority that transcended their own and it caused jealousy. The pure heart of an infant strikes at the heart of haughty Kings. My Lord has for me in store. The birth of Jesus did not encounter praise and adoration from everyone. As a child I took it on faith that God existed. Luke 1:28-29 (NRSV) Growing up in church, I learned to approach God [...], Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – December 30, 2020 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. ( Log Out /  Father Lord, I am struggling with jealousy. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. Satan loves to get “self” to take the throne of our lives again, and he tries to get us self-focused instead of God-focused. John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because water was plentiful there, and people were coming and being baptized (for John had not yet been put in prison). Though a war break out against me, 6:32–35. Required fields are marked *, Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – December 31, 2020 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! Jesus never done anything wrong..people are evil that is why. Take this world and give me Jesus! Two stories from Charles Templeton: one as a young evangelist and friend of Billy Graham's, trying to talk him into doubting the Bible, and the other as an old man talking as an agnostic about missing Jesus. The Pharisees, who were jealous of Jesus and afraid of the Romans, said: "'Teacher, rebuke your disciples.' Change ). So, they needed that dose of reality to get their minds focused in the right direction. Hear my Voice / An Original Work / July 9, 2012. So, we must be willing to be hated for sharing the truth, so that people will be turned from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so they can receive forgiveness of sins, and a place among those whom Christ is sanctifying. Of the Lord, I ask that I may Good News Translation He knew very well that the chief priests had handed Jesus over to him because they were jealous. He who comes from above is above all. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Jesus … A jealous God. Some are even jealous of what other churches are doing, and how they bring people to Christ. John’s disciples evidently were concerned that people would stop following John, and would now follow Jesus, and that John, their leader, would lose his following. It may, but most likely it does not. Wise men and women still seek Him, while the proud of heart still reject Him. My Lord God will receive me. Pilate knew that the chief priests had brought Jesus to him because they were jealous. ( Log Out /  Jesus Christ himself chose the second Saul to be his evangelist to the Gentiles. You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.’ The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. 5:9; 6:15; Mosiah 11:22). Saying what is pleasing to people’s ears may gain us friends on this earth, but it will not gain souls for eternity. Luke tells us of an unnamed woman “who was a sinner” who bathed Jesus’ feet with her tears, anointed them with ointment, and dried them with her hair. 27:18 says: “For he knew that it was out of envy that they had handed Jesus over to him,” which is in reference to the Jews handing Jesus over to Pilate to be crucified. 27-30); and (4) the superiority of the Savior (vss. He must increase, but I must decrease.”. On the other side there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it. 25-26); (3) John’s joy (vss. Whether we are called to a celibate vocation or to the married state, He wants to be the first love of our hearts. Whoever receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true. Jesus was killed because religious people and religious leaders were jealous of him. After this Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside, and he remained there with them and was baptizing. He was especially jealous of the attention that Jesus received and the relationship that Jesus had with The Father, same reason the brothers of Joseph resented Joseph. 11:2. I am confident that I will Merciful to me You’ll be. It is as if Jesus is the husband and we are the wife. D. Paul couldn’t make that any clearer than when he wrote 2 Cor. 24:1, 19). Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – July 11, 2018. 27-30); and (4) the superiority of the Savior (vss. We have to resist him, stand strong in the faith, flee temptation, and put on the armor of God with which to fight off his evil schemes against us (See: Eph. 1 When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. And, for those who believe, obey, and who put their faith in Jesus Christ, they are given the hope of eternal life with God. In other words, where did he get his wicked ways from in the first instance? Teach me Your way, O my Jesus. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:9-11). So, don’t let Satan get a foothold in your life by giving way to jealousy of others and their popularity. Good News Translation. Jesus also said that as his followers we would be hated, persecuted, falsely accused, beaten, mocked, ridiculed, rejected, despised, ostracized, and even killed for our faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus - Jesus - Scribes and Pharisees: In the 1st century, scribes and Pharisees were two largely distinct groups, though presumably some scribes were Pharisees. Moreover, in terms of the social-psychological background implied here, the situation is clearly one of "limited good." Father. Jesus was killed because religious people and religious leaders were jealous of him. 6:10-20), and we have to draw near to God in full assurance of faith. . My father converted from Judaism to Catholicism when I was in 4th grade, and we started to attend church more frequently, but it quickly died out after he was baptized. I don't think anyone today is jealous of Jesus. He said if we hold on to our old lives of living to please sin and the flesh we will lose them for eternity, but if we die with Christ to sin and self, we will gain eternal life (See Lu. People trapped in jealousy are driven by anger, so be an example of encouragement and acceptance. When God enacted His judgment, David accepted it completely (2 Samuel 12). But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God, Ex. —Acts 19:4. John answered, “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven. They didn't like the attention The Father--the preferential treatment that Joseph got. Jealousy is the rage of a man, Prov. In Vegas, I’d bet against it. He rejoices in Jesus’ success and wants his disciples to rejoice too. In order to combat jealousy, we need to become more like Jesus and less like ourselves. So many Christians have this all backwards. Arrow. God loves us so much and He knew man ... John VII Jesus and Hanukkah/The Feast of Dedication 140 views; In Christ: Lessons in Los Angeles 132 views; Bart Ehrman claims that the Bible was changed and is … Our text divides into four sections: (1) Jesus baptizes, too (vss. I. Deception Then. Every village had at least one scribe. Mark accurately uses the term envy and not jealousy; for, the chief priests are distressed at Jesus' success and seek to destroy his prestige. Jesus was killed because religious people and religious leaders were jealous of him. Baby Jesus came to replace jealousy with great joy! #WisdomHunters #jealous, If you are blessed by these daily devotionals please prayerfully consider a donation to support Wisdom Hunters Resources. John’s disciples were afraid that people were going to stop following John, and that they were going to follow Jesus, but what they didn’t realize is that was the plan all along. You may have to protect your family from the unfair attacks of critics by moving on. We are jealous for Him to be glorified. 37:1; 73:3; Pr. It's almost to me like he is saying oh and of course Jesus's favorite was there too. Jesus is God. God is rightfully jealous for his … God had also told David, through Nathan, that the sword would not depart from his house. They were jealous … Genesis 37:11; 1 Samuel 18:9; Luke 1:58; Revelation 1:5, Christ’s desire is to reign over the human heart, not rule over earthly kingdoms. The same was happening in Jesus’s time, as well. So, there may be a temptation to try to compete for the attention, and/or to try to follow similar methods for drawing in large crowds of people, even if it means compromising convictions, faith, the gospel, and placing humans as the “head” of the body of Christ instead of Christ himself, and thus submitting themselves to the thoughts and ways of humans in place of the ways of Christ and the teachings of his Word. Who can I serve and love unconditionally that may be jealous of my faith, my family or me? 25-26); (3) John’s joy (vss. This also may lead to hatred, resentment, bitterness, unforgiveness and discord, because they will struggle to gain for themselves the attention and popularity of others, thinking this will make them happy, but it won’t ever. So, when that happens to us, we should not let that undo us or feel as though we have gotten a raw deal and that we need to change the way we are doing things so people will like us and accept us. I grew up in a Catholic family, but luckily we weren't very religious. But John’s disciples are jealous, complaining to him about Jesus: “The man [Jesus] who was with you . The Pharisees and Sadducees could not speak as Jesus did, could not heal the sick, nor pull in eager crowds and were trying to stop him from doing it. Matt. John was joyful because the one for whom he had been sent to prepare the way had now come, and so John had completed his mission. Maybe Judas also was jealous of Jesus and wanted to take Him away from His close friends and loved ones. Jesus was killed because religious people and religious leaders were jealous of him. A Gentile Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, condemned him to death and had him tortured and executed by Gentile Roman soldiers. Quotes “Jealousy is a form of hatred built upon insecurity.” Every village had at least one scribe. Jealous of Jesus Walter Cronkite once recalled sailing down the Mystic River in Connecticut and following the channel's tricky turns through an expanse of shallow water. He asks me to be of courage; They think popularity equals God’s approval and blessing. Jesus was from heaven, and he was and is above all, i.e. Be attractive so they seek to embrace, not reject, Jesus. I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion, Zech. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt. We cannot measure success according to worldly standards and measurements. Everywhere Jesus went, He attracted huge throngs, multitudes, crowds pressing around to listen to His every word, watching His every move. But Jesus showed that their hotheaded jealousy was misguided. More by this author. Because some people are jealous of Jesus, they will become jealous of you as a believer. 39:25. They didn’t believe Jesus looked like the promised Messiah. I will be jealous for my holy name, Ezek. 9:23-25). Your email address will not be published. Uproot Jealousy Prayer. It did not allow people to harvest the grain. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Isa 14:13,14 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I … ( Log Out /  Stay focused on the task God has set before you. All the richness of His blessings, See the goodness of the Lord. “For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself, ...” (2 Corinthians 11:2 NLT) So, I asked, “Lord, help me understand this strange jealousy.” He then took me down memory lane. consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy , Num. thought to be jealous of God. I will sing with joyfulness. Instead of celebrating His blessings in your life and family, they may come to loathe them. That is why he is the devil. The Lord is my great salvation. My father converted from Judaism to Catholicism when I was in 4th grade, and we started to attend church more frequently, but it quickly died out after he was baptized. And when Jesus taught, he did so with authority—unlike the scribes . Like he's jealous that he was not Jesus's favorite. Matt. Pharisees too weren't jealous of Jesus. Matthew 2:13-14. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Theory 2: Judas was bad from the beginning. READ 2 Cor. (2) Martha was not jealous that Mary was spending time with Jesus, but angry that Mary was not helping her. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. To be strong and to take heart, Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. When someone feels threatened by Jesus they attempt to dismiss His claims, discredit His teachings and destroy His influence. When a village in Samaria refused to receive Christ, James and John angrily wanted to call down fire from heaven and destroy the whole town. But John’s disciples are jealous, complaining to him about Jesus: “The man [Jesus] who was with you . A. International Standard Version Jesus Christ is a jealous lover. “You must worship no other gods, for the Lord, whose very name is Jealous, is a God who is jealous about his relationship with you.” (Exodus 34:14 NLT) He is a jealous God! 20:5 (Deut. For he knew it was because of envy that they had handed him over. And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, he who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you bore witness—look, he is baptizing, and all are going to him.”. Pilate knew the leaders had brought Jesus to him because they were jealous. Live with Him eternally. Guest Contributor. Satan thought that once Jesus died, he’d be … Christ even called them the “Sons of Thunder” . “When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. is baptizing, and all are going to him.” Yet, John is not jealous. Jesus Christ was now to become greater, and John was to become less. Isa 14:13,14 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I … Revelation 17:1 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits by many waters. Luke 2:10 I once read a story from Brennan Manning in which he described his battle with terminal illness. They think we have to do and say things that will make people like us, feel comfortable around us, and that will make them want to join in with us, but where does it say that in scripture? These are the final words of John the Baptist 170 in the Gospel of John. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. We are trusting the Lord for His provision. 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