Elijah’s Godly Jealousy
“And he said, I have been very Jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thy altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away” – (I Kings 19:10).
In this sermon I will preach on the doctrine of jealousy and see what the Lord can teach us in the King James Bible. The N.I.V. (New International Perversion) uses the word ‘zealous’ instead of ‘jealous’ in my text. These two words rhyme nicely but there is much difference between them. A jealous man and a zealous man are two totally different things. Jealous is in the King James Bible 52 times and not once is it considered a sin and the anger or wrath because of jealousy is considered righteous anger. The vengeance over jealousy is left in God’s hands. But a spouse may be divorced because of fornication if found to be true. A man is justified in being jealous over his wife’s unfaithfulness.
much confusion over the doctrine of jealousy because of the N.I. V. and other
bible perversions adding to and taking away from God’s word – (Rev.22:18-19).
For instance in (Acts 7:9) God’s infallible, inerrant word says – “And the patriarchs, moved with envy sold Joseph into
written in (2 Cor.11:2) “For I am jealous
over you with godly jealousy: for I
have espoused you to one husband that I may present you as a chaste virgin to
Christ.” Paul had Godly jealousy over the
prophet Elijah personified godly jealousy as no other man did. He loved the
Lord with his whole heart, soul, and mind, which is the first and great commandment.
And because he loved, he was very jealous for the Lord. Elijah was distressed
to see how the Lord was dishonored by
stood alone, at the peril of his life, to put a stop to
time we find the word jealous in the bible is in (Ex.20:4-5) when God gave his
Idolatry is often represented in the bible as spiritual adultery and fornication and the displeasure of God against it is fitly called jealously. And if God is jealous, we should be also as Elijah was. When Elijah said he was jealous for the Lord, it defined his character perfectly. He was the jealous preacher and we desperately need more jealous preachers today.
Both adultery and idolatry had the death penalty attached to it. Unfaithfulness in both body and spirit was a capital sin. (Du.13:1-5) tells the Jews to kill all false prophets of idolatry. On Mt.Carmel Elijah killed 850 false prophets of Baal. They had killed the true prophets of the Lord and now the righteous anger and judgment of God resulting from the jealousy of God falls upon them. In (Ex.34:14-15) it says – “For the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods…” Idolatry is the opposite of true faith. It is adultery and unfaithfulness with the Lord. One of God’s names is Jealous. That shows you right there that jealousy is righteous anger for there is no unrighteousness with God. And any husband or wife who is not jealous over an unfaithful spouse does not love them.
There is righteous anger and judgment from our God whose name is Jealous and in particular it’s judgment by fire. “For the Lord thy god is a consuming fire, even a jealous God” – (Du.4:23-24 and 6:14-15). “How long, Lord? Wilt thou be angry forever? Shall thy jealousy burn like fire? Pour out thy wrath upon the heathen.” It is written in (Zeph ) “The whole earth shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy.” This happens at the end of the great tribulation at the battle of Armageddon – “But the day of the Lord will comes as a thief in the night: in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shalt melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” – (2 pet.3:10). The Lord Jesus comes back a conquering king with a mighty army of saints and angels at Armageddon as a jealous God taking vengeance on a sinful idolatrous world. “The Lord shall go forth as a mighty man;, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar: he shall prevail against his enemies” – (Is.42:13). Also see (Rev.19:).
give us two witnesses, two prophets, during the great tribulation, with the
spirit and power of Elijah, like two John the Baptists. They will preach against
the worship of the beast and worldwide idolatry of worshipping his image. This
is a time of the worst idolatry the world has ever seen because you cannot buy
or sell and you will be killed if you don’t commit this blasphemous idolatry of
antichrist. But God takes vengeance on these beast worshipers as he did on
Do you see
the fire of God’s wrath fall upon the burnt offering sacrifice on
Jesus Christ is God’s perfect, supreme sacrifice on the cross. We must repent of our sins and believe on him and have his precious blood wash all our sins away. Then a jealous God will not throw us into hell where the fire of his jealousy burns forever. O be saved today. “Ye must be born again.”
May the Lord send us more Christians and preachers who will have the godly jealousy of Elijah. Saints that are so in love with the Lord Jesus that they will be very jealous for him. And maybe then we will have the spirit and power of Elijah. Amen and Amen .
Pastor Mike Storti
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