We started our new “Who Is God?” Series this past Sunday night, November 1st. This series will deal with the questions, doubts, and struggles that our youth have voiced they have in their walk with God.
We kicked off the night with a new version of “Rock, Paper, Scissors”. You can check out the pictures and video of the opening game below.
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Then, we moved into our time of worship with the youth band before Pastor Dustin gave the message. The message was based off of the last song the band played titled, How He Loves”.
The first line of the song is “He is jealous for me.” We know that it is a sin to be jealous or covet what someone else has, so the song must be wrong… right? Well, Exodus 34:14NIV says, Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God. There you have it. God is a jealous God. How could this be??? God is something that he tells us not to be. This Scripture makes God look like a hypocrite. However, by clinging to who we already know God is, we know that God cannot be a hypocrite. God is holy and without sin.
The Hebrew word for “jealous” in this passage is “qanna”. Another meaning for this word is “zealous”. Webster’s Dictionary says the word zealous means, filled with or showing a strong and energetic desire to get something done or see something succeed; marked by passionate support for a person, cause, or ideal. God desires to see us succeed and to have a growing relationship with him. He doesn’t want to see us hurting or suffering the consequences of sin. God’s jealousy is not selfish. It is 100% pure and loving. Pastor Dustin gave the example of a husband and wife to help illustrate this concept. A husband is going to get pretty upset, and jealous even, if another guy hits on his wife. Is this wrong? The answer is no. It isn’t wrong because the husband and wife are one and belong to one another. We are one with God and belong to him. God isn’t desiring something that isn’t his. Jesus died on the cross because he loved us so much that he desired to have a relationship with us! God’s jealousy is a loving jealousy as he wants the absolute best for us.
As we go through the rest of this series, it is vital to remember how strong God’s love for us really is. All of the doubts and questions we may encounter about God pale in comparison to his love. Regardless of what it looks like, God’s love for us never fails.
Be Blessed and we’ll see you next week!