This is what the Lord Almighty says: “I am very jealous for Zion; I am burning with jealousy for her.”

Zechariah 8:2 (NIV)

Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.

Luke 13:1 (NIV)

Every so often, when I’m reading the Bible, verses will stand out to me for different reasons. Today these verses from Zechariah and Luke stood out to me. Although I know God is a jealous God, I guess I never thought much about what that means for us. Specifically, this statement popped into my head, “If God can be jealous then that means it’s okay to be jealous.” Therefore, I started down the path of what it means to be jealous and if it’s okay for us to be jealous. Even though I’ve read Luke more times than I can count, today, I thought something didn’t sound right about the Galileans having their blood mixed with sacrifices, so I looked into that too. Today has been a day of clarity, and I’d like to share it with you.

Something that never ceases to amaze me is my own state of myopia. When it comes to jealousy I’ve had one view about it. It’s bad, not healthy, and I don’t like it. When I’m looking at an online dating profile, and see someone has stated they think jealousy is good for a relationship, I will always pass on that person. My experiences with jealously, after all, haven’t been very healthy. However, before I go further, let’s see what Merriam-Webster has to say about jealousy.

  1. hostile toward a rival or one believed to enjoy an advantage.
  2. a: intolerant of rivalry or unfaithfulness.
    b: disposed to suspect rivalry or unfaithfulness.
  3. vigilant in guarding a possession.

We know God created the heavens and the earth. He also created you and me and He did this so we could be in a relationship with Him. Obviously, God’s jealousy doesn’t entail envy nor the suspicion one might receive from an insecure partner. God’s jealousy then, is for His people and who they worship. We are to have no other Gods but God. Not so much because God is jealous of any other “gods” because there are no other true gods. Everything but God is an idol. Idols can’t do anything, but when we believe in them and think they can do things we’re in for a heap of trouble. As our Father in Heaven, God doesn’t want us to be led astray and give our affections to worthless things.

Therefore, the jealousy of God is righteous and pure without envy or malice. Just take a look at 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and you can see what the jealousy of God looks like because God is also Love.

Comparing different Bible versions usually clears up any questions I have regarding word meanings, etc. I have said before that the Amplified Bible is good for bringing clarity. However, the Amplified failed today when it comes to Luke 13:1.

Just at that time some people came who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate [the governor] had mixed with their sacrifices.

Luke 13:1 (Amplified Bible)

Don’t feel bad for the Amplified Bible today because it, like 25 of the other versions I usually check, all had the same language that said Pilate mixed their blood with their sacrifices. However, the New Living Translation (NLT), Contemporary English Version (CEV), and the Message Bible got this one write. Kudos to them.

About this time Jesus was informed that Pilate had murdered some people from Galilee as they were offering sacrifices at the Temple.

Luke 13:1 (NLT)

We can see that the Romans, Pilate, in particular, didn’t perform sacrifices mixed with the blood of Galileans. The mingling of the blood indicates, to me, the brutality of the murderous deed. I don’t know about you but these details help me to get a better understanding of the character of Pontius Pilate.

I’m thankful to have gotten these clarifications from the Lord today. However, I still think I’ll be shying away from relationships where jealousy is considered a “good” thing.

Do you know God? God knows you and He loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, right now, and He wants you to know Him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so that we could be free of guilt, be freed from death, and live eternally with Him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation today:

Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.