Our God is a jealous God. He has no qualms in explaining it to us. It is important to understand how the word “jealous” is used. Its use in Exodus 20:5 to describe God is different from how it is used to describe the sin of jealousy (Galatians 5:20). When we use the word “jealous,” we use it in the sense of being envious of someone who has something we do not have. A person might be jealous or envious of another person because he or she has a nice car or home (possessions).
When God called Abraham from the wilderness to be his own follower and Abraham obeyed his call, God was jealous of him and protected his interests and kept his promises to Abraham as he was a jealous God. Exodus 20:4-5 says, “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God…” Notice that God is jealous when someone gives to another something that rightly belongs to Him.
When God loves you and paid for your sins with his blood, no wonder he is jealous of his possession – You, whom he bought with his own blood and brought you to freedom. His message is very clear. You are my own flesh and blood and you shall and should live like God lived in this world – a blessing to people around you. This is a chance to live like his children and his own reflection on this Earth till he returns. Let us all be careful to glorify the Lord, praise him for he is the only God and as Christians, we do not ow before anything or anyone else.