God is Jealous (Week Starting November 18, 2018)

Read this Scripture:  
Exodus 20:4-5 - Do not make an idol for yourself, whether in the shape of anything in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth. You must not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God...

Read this Thought:
We usually think that jealousy is a bad thing.  That’s because when we are jealous it usually is a bad thing.  Sometimes we are jealous of someone else because they have something we don’t have.  Or maybe we resent someone because they can do something we can’t do. Or perhaps we are jealous of the way someone looks because we think they look ‘better’ than us.  

However, being jealous is not always a bad thing.  A husband wants his wife to love him - he is jealous for her affection (he doesn’t want her to love someone else).  Have you ever played with two puppies? If you are petting one puppy the other will often come over wanting you to pet it also because it is jealous for your attention.  In these examples jealousy is the desire to get what is believed to be rightly deserved.

God rightly deserves our love and worship.  He is jealous for our love and affection - and He has every right to be.  He created us. He is the King of the universe. He offers us eternal life.  He is God.

So when we say that God is jealous we are simply saying that God wants us, and everyone, to love Him most - and He absolutely deserves our love.

Do this Activity:
Draw a picture or write about why God is worthy of our love and worship.  Then share this and discuss the question below.

Discuss this Question:
Why does God deserve to have us love Him most?

November Scripture Memory:
John 17:3 - This is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and the One You have sent —Jesus Christ.