“The Spirit lifted me up between earth and heaven and in visions of God he took me to Jerusalem, to the entrance of the north gate of the inner court, where the idol that provokes to jealousy stood.”-Ezekiel 8:3
“There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, ‘Mine.’ “- Abraham Kuyper
In Chapter 16 (“The Idol That Provokes to Jealousy”) of All In, Mark Batterson notes that God is not jealous of anything because He is self-sufficient. On the other hand, our Creator is jealous for everything because everything belongs to Him. Pastor Batterson adds that the fact that each of us is unique is a testament to the God who created us, not a testament to us. In God’s grand plan, we’re irreplaceable. That’s why God will settle for nothing less than all in and all out.
The author observes that God’s character is revealed by the names of God. On Mount Sinai, for example, God revealed to Moses that one of those names is jealous- and He told Moses not once, but twice (Exodus 34:14). Pastor Batterson explains this means we belong to God not once, but twice- by virtue of creation and by virtue of redemption.
To us, jealousy has a negative connotation. However, God’s jealousy is a beautiful expression of His love. God wants all of us!
Today’s question: How would you respond to the statement that God wants all of you? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Hidden rooms”