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.

 

There is 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 Egypt.” The N.I.V. says – “Because the patriarchs were jealous of Joseph.” These wicked bible correctors changed ‘envy’ to ‘jealous’ and in so doing made jealousy a sin which the true bible never does. The same changes were made in (Acts 13:45 – 17:5) (Rom.13:13) and (2 Cor.12:20). They changed (Prov.27:4) from “Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous, but who is able to stand before envy” to “Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy”– (N.I.V.). There is also godly anger and jealousy is always godly anger. Envy and wrath are two totally different words used in totally different ways. A man is not envious of his wife’s unfaithfulness, he is jealous – amen. And the patriarchs were moved with envy not jealousy over Joseph. There is no such thing as sinful jealousy in the bible. There is godly jealousy and wicked envy.

 

It is 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 church of Corinth who were being led astray with heresies by Satan’s ministers. As Christians we are to be jealous of the Lord Jesus- of his word – of his name – of his character. Any blasphemy or false doctrine ought to make us jealous for the Lord. He’s our husband and we the church are the bride of Christ – members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones – (Eph.5:30). Christ in us – two have become one flesh which produces a spiritual birth. We are to be jealous of our husband – godly jealousy for the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

The great 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 Israel which was called by his name. God’s glory and honor lay bare near his heart and it affected him deeply to see God’s word trampled under foot and broken, his authority flouted, and his worship despised, his worship of the people given to senseless idols and Baal and their consent to the murder of God’s prophets.

 

Elijah stood alone, at the peril of his life, to put a stop to Israel’s idolatry and apostasy and to turn the hearts of the people back to the true God . Elijah stood alone for God’s truth and he did it because he was jealous for the Lord. He loved the Lord totally and when the one he loved so very much was slandered and blasphemed and dishonored, it made him jealous with godly jealousy. This is the kind of jealousy we need for the Lord Jesus, who loves us and died for us – like a good husband for his wife – (Eph.5:25). Like Elijah, we need to be especially jealous of the church’s fornication with idols and images. The scarlet harlot of (Rev.17), the Catholic Church, has a billion pseudo – Christians committing idolatry and being unfaithful to the Lord. O, where is your jealousy Christians. Where is your godly jealousy O preacher. Bark against this great sin of idolatry.

 

The first time we find the word jealous in the bible is in (Ex.20:4-5) when God gave his commandments to Israel. The second commandment says – “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image… thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God. And this was the crowning sin of Israel in the days of Elijah. They were provoking the Lord to jealousy by worshipping images of Baal which made Elijah jealous for the Lord. His jealousy was true according to the holy scriptures. As Elijah watched millions of Jews committing idolatry, he became more and more jealous for the Lord. Notice also in (vs.5) “Of them that hate me.” And idolater is a God hater and Elijah was a lover of God and he was jealous for him when Israel worshipped Baal.

 

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 1:18) “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.19:11:21).

 

God will 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 Mt. Carmel with Elijah. Not only will there be a hell on earth at the end of the great tribulation but God’s vengeance of hell in the center of the earth also. “And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, if any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name” – (Rev.14:9-11). O yes, God’s Jealousy will burn like fire. God also plagues the beast worshipers with a deadly and grievous sore.

 

Do you see the fire of God’s wrath fall upon the burnt offering sacrifice on Mt. Carmel to vindicate his prophet Elijah – to vindicate a prophet who was jealous for a jealous God. That’s what the burnt offering sacrifice was all about. The fire of God’s wrath falls upon the sacrifice and not on us for our sins. The sacrifice sheds his blood and dies and is burnt up and suffers the penalty of sin in our place. The wages of sin is death – both the first death and the second death – the lake of fire.

 

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

5000 N. LaCholla- Lot 76

Tucson, AZ 85705

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