Monday, December 03, 2007

God Is Jealous

YHWH is jealous. He says [Ex 20:4-5], "Thou shalt not make to thyself a graven thing, nor the likeness of any thing that is in Heaven above, or in the earth beneath, nor of those things that are in the waters under the earth. Thou shalt not adore them, nor serve them: I am the Lord thy God, mighty, jealous, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me." YHWH is not guilty of envy, which is "sorrow for another's good."{1} There is no parallel to the mortally sinful kind of jealousy (envy) [Job 5:2; Ps 36:1; Gal 5:20,26], an example of which would be Mario opining, "I wish Luigi wasn't so much more athletic than me." God is rightly jealous because idolaters give the adoration of latria to creatures when such service and worship belong to God alone. Jealousy is righteous when its object is something that belongs properly to us [cf. 2 Cor 11:2].

Notes and References
{1} Hieromonk St. John Damascene (676-12/5/749), Doctor of the Church, De Fide Orth. 2:14.

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