Jealousy vs Envy with Scriptural Examples

Envy is when you want what God has given someone else. It is a sin and an iniquity of the heart to covet and lust after what God has given someone else. It leads to hatred, violence, and murder.

Jealousy is when you want what God has given you, and you are willing to do what it takes to get it. It is a Godly characteristic to have a desire for what is yours, and to be willing to humble yourself and do the work it takes to get it.

YAHUAH is a Jealous Elohim. When His people cheat on Him with graven images and idols, He is willing to do whatever it takes to win His people’s hearts back to Him:

Exodus 20:4-6
[4]Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
[5]Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
[6]And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

YAHUAH is moved to Jealousy when HIS people chase and serve vain and useless things. He responds by doing the same thing to us. The Law of Sowing and Reaping goes into effect. He allows other nations to take what belongs to us when we take our hearts away from Him.

Deuteronomy 32:21 They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.

Genesis 9:27 God shall enlarge [Hebrew, pathah: deceive, flatter, entice] Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

God provoked Israel to jealousy when they rejected Christ, He brought salvation to the Gentiles. Spiritual leadership in the whole earth was given to European nations for a season of time. Israel became jealous because they lost their heritage, nation, and spiritual leadership role in the earth.

Romans 11:11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.

Apostle Paul was jealous over the Body of Christ when they were being deceived by false Apostles. False Apostles were trying to take the saints back to the Orinances of Moses rather than the Ordinances of Christ’s New Covenant. Apostle Paul wanted them to be singularly devoted to Christ, who is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, and the Head of the Body of Christ.

2 Corinthians 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.

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