“Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” (Exodus 34:14)
Why is God’s name Jealous?
Because he wants the hearts of all people to love and worship him.
Why not use a different word?
Because God’s desire for us is strong, intense. No single word can accurately describe God–in fact, not even all of our words can fully describe him!
Isn’t jealously wrong?
Divine jealousy is different than human jealousy. We want that which doesn’t rightfully belong to us. As the sovereign creator, all things belong to God.
If everything belongs to God, why is he jealous?
In the jealousy of God, we find mystery: questions that have true answers which don’t “fit” together–from our limited point of view. God is in total control, but in his love for humanity, he gave us free will. We can choose to return God’s love and worship him. God is jealous for those who do not love him.