An intense vehement emotion or feeling for the glory of God and the spiritual and physical good of others accompanied with an intense feeling against all that opposes God and the good of others. A holy jealousy or zeal on the one hand that is for someone/Someone and a righteous anger or hatred toward real enemies like the Devil and sin.
The Devil in his passionate hatred for God and His Glory seeks to separate and divide couples by getting them to believe lies. The Devil and the enemy within are what destroys the sweet union, fruitful communication and holy happiness of a Christian marriage and believers’ relationship with Jesus.
God’s jealousy for His own Glory burns hottest.
God’s Jealousy comes out of the Love God has towards Himself, His idea of Himself or His Son.
Love is the feeling. Zeal or jealousy refers to the intensity of that feeling, mainly it being in a high degree. We may be for God’s glory but when being for God’s glory and the good of others reaches a point of feeling or sensing it in the heart then it is a holy zeal or jealousy that due to it being felt and in a high degree is compared to a flame from God.
A holy jealousy refers to the nature of the feeling being holy or pleasing to God. The primary object being God and the motives, intents and desires of the heart to please God. An example would be when someone prays with a heartfelt intense hatred or anger against sin because it dishonors God. The feeling would be love to God manifested in the form of prayer and hatred against sin.
Other examples of zeal or good jealousy is the intense feeling that enables a person to overcome great mountains of difficulty so that those in that relationship will be happier and closer.
Imagine being consumed with this holy emotion! “
The zeal God has for His Glory is infinite in degree.
The zeal a Christian has for the glory of God varies in degree but is progressive in nature.
Deuteronomy 32:22 “For a fire is kindled in My anger, and burns to the lowest part of Sheol, and consumes the earth with its yield, and sets on fire the foundations of the mountains.”
The question is.
Is the Jealousy, which is a feeling, in Song 8:6 talking about the Jealousy of God or man?
a holy jealousy comes from God.
If you have a holy love, then out of that flame of love that comes from God, is something of God and has God for its object will flow a holy jealousy for the glory of God and holy fiery hatred of the devil and sin.
As love burn hot for the good of one own soul and closeness of the beloved. So also, God’s jealousy burns hot to the lowest part of Sheol. We can see an active display of a heightened emotion from God to the lowest part of Sheol like a fire kindled in God’s righteous anger toward the greatest sinner in the lowest part of Sheol or hell.
I’m trying to figure out what Solomon and his bride knew of the high degree of emotion that is either observed or felt in the lowest part of hell. We go to texts in the OT that tell us about Sheol. Sheol is the OT word for hell.
I suppose in the lowest part of hell is the Devil. Then a little above him are demons and other fallen angels. Then you have Judas who went to his own place reserved for him. Then those who had much knowledge and rejected it. From most wicked to least wicked though all are wicked and evil.
No peace is felt for the wicked in hell.
No love is felt. Therefore, the other emotions that come with it aren’t either, like joy and peace. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace…
This is NT.
There is no coming out of Sheol.
Job 7:9“When a cloud vanishes, it is gone, So he who goes down to Sheol does not come up.”
Its depths are unlimited. This is very frightening!!
7 “Can you discover the depths of God?
Can you discover the limits of the Almighty?
8 “They are high as [a]the heavens, what can you do?
Deeper than [b]Sheol, what can you know?
9 “Its measure is longer than the earth
And broader than the sea.“
Being rescued from these depths of Sheol reminds the Psalmist of the lovingkindness of God.
Psalm 86:13 “For Your lovingkindness toward me is great, And You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.” He feels loved knowing he was redeemed from unimaginable depths!
Only God knows the depth of Sheol or the height of heaven. 11 “Ask a sign for yourself from the Lord your God; [j]make it deep as Sheol or high as [k]heaven.” Is 7:10 Intimating that if God gave them a sign like only God could do then it would prove that God was with them. God would give them a sign of such magnitude. A virgin would give birth and call him God with us, Emmanuel.
Thoughts of going there were terrifying for the psalmist before he cried out for God to save his life. Psalm 116.
Proverbs 27:20 “Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, nor are the eyes of man ever satisfied.” and Prov. 30:15-17
The desire for your own happiness in hell is intense and as vehement as the flames. But what can you do? Nothing. The fervor of spirit only increases and the unsatisfied desire for even the smallest drop of relief will be denied forever.
So, he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.” Luke 16:24
Imagine a husband or wife having the same intensity of desire for the good of their spouse as the rich man in hell has for his tongue to be cooled while in agony in hells fire. Now imagine that vehement desire or fervency of spirit increasing in degrees forever at a given velocity.
Holy jealousy for ones own happiness is not selfishness so long as that happiness one desires is in the bounds of God’s law. Like finding our happiness in prayer, witnessing, loving others, helping the poor etc. This happiness or gladness is commanded. We are to “Serve the LORD with gladness.” Psalm 100:2
All want to be happy and feel good. To be jealous over ones own heart is good “Above all, guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs
Desire is a feeling that has degrees in hell the desire to be happy increases, but the desire is never satisfied. Love sick, in perfect pain, intense longing for love and grace for selfish reasons and never satisfied to the least degree but rather getting more pain, weeping and gnashing of teeth for the offense against so great a God is infinite so as the pain increase so does the desire and fervency of spirit for mercy and a deliverance that will never come.
I suppose the point of the above paragraph is to think about what is intense about hell. Or what fervor is there on God’s part or mans and think of it as having the same intensity in the marriage of two believers. But is satisfied in their marriage from one level of glory to another.
This feeling of holy jealousy is something of the essence and nature of God who’s “Name is Jealous” Ex. 34:14
Contemplate the intenseness of desire or infinite fervor of God’s Spirit of Jealousy for His own Glory. God’s passion for His Glory is most vehement.
Now is the power and fervency of your Spirit greater than God’s? No, Then why provoke Him?
It is easier for God to destroy a million earths a million times over than it is for the whole of humanity to successfully lift a finger against God for his infinite zeal or fervor of spirit is infinitely greater than ours. (I just thought of this myself, so the wording my not be quite right. But I pray you get the right idea of love, primarily that loves jealousy or fervor of spirit is as vehement as the fire of hell.
I suppose you could argue the self-existence and self-sufficiency of God from the truth that loves jealousy is as vehement as the fire of hell and is a flame from God. Song 8:6
Intense vehement severe emotion. God hates sin. In Sheol or Hell God hates the Devil and sinner. We are to hate the Devil and any remaining sin in our hearts. We are to love sinners with a love of benevolence, yet we have no delight in their evil actions since we have a love of complacency in us. A love of complacency is the same as the feeling of delight in holiness which is the same feeling as hatred for sin.
Do you have an emotion intense enough to resist the Devil and his repeated temptations?
Have you had them before and now have lost them?
Are you having them now and they are continuing?
What is our part in increasing our fervor to please God, to obey him, to glorify Him, to catch the foxes that are ruining our blossoming relationship with Him?
This zeal or jealousy God has for His own Glory and Honor when crossed either a fierce anger is then manifested toward the sinner or passionate patience.
So that when an extreme emotion is crossed like zeal for God’s house that is sometimes a good, joy unspeakable, peace beyond understanding can be a not so good feeling of fierce righteous anger but is holy none the less.
I mean how angry should you be at the Devil? or sin? Indifference. Just slightly above indifference. Dislike. Disapproval. Hatred. Anger. Fierce anger. Zeal. Jealousy. Absolute hatred and all-consuming fire! See the progression. You may not like someone or something but does that dislike rise to a feeling of anger or even greater fierce anger. Have you ever loved someone and then they cheated the painful feeling of righteous jealousy is severe, intense and quite unbearable. Like the fire of hell!
Save Song 5:2-4 where her love sleeps the whole Love Song illustrates the times of the relationship where the emotions were high, through the roof and sometime so great that she can’t even physically stand and swoons in his arms!!
How intense should your desire for God be? It should be like nothing else matters except you get Him. Similar to a deer in the desert panting for water. They risk their lives to get a drink for the lions prowl the scarce water holes. Yet the deer is all consumed with intense desire for water as the Psalmist longed for God (I think Psalm 63).
Paul had misguided zeal for God’s glory when he was Saul. When he persecuted the church. Paul
God’s intense desire for His Glory or Holy Jealousy compels him to give those in Hell no hope. Sheol is a place of no hope.
Isaiah 38:18 “For Sheol cannot thank You, Death cannot praise You; Those who go down to the pit cannot hope for Your faithfulness.”
How do we measure the intenseness of desire or zeal? I suppose by the actions of God. So you have the emotion and the fervency of it. The emotion is love and jealousy the fervency, ardency, vehemency of it. The degree of heat in the flame of love.
There is a respect due to God. When that respect is not given then due punishment ensues for the sake of justice. God’s zeal for His glory must be proportionate to the respect due His Name.
Saved in 2000 at age 27. Nearly immediately I fell in love with the Song and grew very fast the first two years memorizing large portions of scripture purifying my mind the started chewing on meat to soon and struggled for 12 years and Christ has me on track like always but I just took the long way around and now I love leading others closer to Christ by seeing His love reflected in Solomons love for an enemy slave girl.
I have experienced God's love to me in the Song in ways that words can't express. There are many portion of the Word where she experiences extra ordinary outpouring of the Holy Spirit of God. If you have a burning desire for a close intimate relationship with God by experiencing His Love to you over and over again at greater and greater heights, depths, lengths and breaths then The Song of Songs is where you need to be.
I can help you with this process of Growing in the experience of God's love. As of 7-23-16 I have experienced everything prior to chapter 8. The Song of Song is progressive in experience. Meaning that if you are mature then you can experience the joys and extraordinary outpourings of God's Love shed abroad in your heart.
If you are not so mature then the delights in the first chapter of the Song will satisfy your thirst for experiencing the Love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Many Christian are living in sin because they do not know how to experience God's love and get hooked on Loving Him. It feels good to be loved and to love Him. His burden is not heavy and His yoke is light, Jesus said in Matt. 10:28
I believe God wants to use me to help beautify His Bride through the Song of Solomon.
If you see the book literally you will not understand nor grasp the Love God has for you. If you see the book and the verses in it relating to Christ's love to you then I would love to show you how to experience this Love to the fullest. I will pray for you daily and guide you every step of the way.
16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
I grew up going to church but was a hypocrite. I lived my life how I chose but went to church on Sunday because my family went.
Mom and Dad divorced when I was about 5.
About this time I was sexually abused by "Bob" a made up name. This incident changed my life for the worst. I had no clue how to deal with it.
As I got older I grew in my hatred for Bob. I didn't blame anyone of my family because I was to young to know any better. Some of what happened during the abuse was in a bathroom. So overtime I would use the bathroom and look at my private parts that night would replay in my mind. My hatred for Bob would continue to grow each time.
Now I know this only happened to me one night. I can't image the pain other's go through who have had this happen to them over and over. Even as I write this now I cry with many tears for those hurting. God love you even though you may not know it or feel it. Go to Him in your time of need.
I was a really bad teenager. I only cared about myself and not even my family. I always came first in my mind. Even at the expense of hurting others. I was growing in my hatred for God by now.
I was going to church and was learned that God was in control. I thought well, if God was in control then He must have let me be sexually abused. I didn't understand this, How could a good and loving God allow this. I hated Him for it. My hatred for Bob grew as well. I was still using the bathroom and memories kept coming back. My heart grew even harder for Bob and God. As far as I was concerned God would have nothing to do with my life so I lived even worse. I thought I would be in jail or dead and I really didn't care, I thought it could be much worse than reliving your painful past over and over again. Little did I know that God's plan later would be to use these events to give me a burning passion for the closest most intimate love relationship with Himself through Christ mainly through the love poem in the Song of Songs in the Bible.
I remember hating Bob so much that the only thing that would relieve my pain was actually thinking he would suffer forever for what he did. I grew so much in my hatred for him that I had to continue to think that he would get even worse than what I imaged before. After some time I would only be relieved of hatred for him unless I thought he would burn in a hotter and hotter hell for all the suffering he put me through.
I never told my mom or family what happened, although I think some of them knew something had happened.
I grew up quite rebellious and even went to jail at the age of 20. I was living the fast life pursuing all my sinful desires and wanting more. It never seemed to be enough. I was quite happy in my sin but I just wanted more of it.
I lived life thinking I would die at a young age, riding motorcycle and living on the edge put me in the hospital many times and I should have been dead.
California at age 26.
I moved to California for a job opportunity at the age of 27. While trying to figure out what radio stations to program in my car, I ran across a RC Sproul talking about "people who have the faith that saves and people who only say that have faith" only the people who have the faith that saves will go to heaven. I thought "I don't think I have the faith that saves because my life was so bad." I searched the scriptures to try to get this faith. I found a church and thought people there could help me get this faith that saves. All along God kept showing me how sinful I was and that I deserved punishment from Him for living my life hating Him.
One weekend I read Matthew, Mark, Luke and John desperately trying to find out how to get this faith that saves. By now I knew that if you had the faith that saves that Jesus would be saving you from a life of sin. I still liked my sin and Jesus sure wasn't saving me from a life of sin, so I rightly concluded that I didn't have the faith that saves.
By the time I got to John, I saw "believe" everywhere. John 3:16 and other verses and wow the whole book was written so that you may believe. John 20:31 "these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." So at night I would pray "I believe Jesus died for me, I believe, I believe. This was just an intellectual belief. I knew that in history and the Bible that Jesus died for everyone, so I believed it. But this belief did not change my life.
I would go on night after night saying the same prayer only to wake up the next day wanting to fulfill my sinful desires. The prayer wasn't working so I started to word it different each time hoping some prayer would work. After about 2 weeks of this I was fed up with it all, nothing was happening. I still was living in my sin and wanted more of it. A Christian hates their sin and does something about it, and certainly they don't continue to make plans to sin. The prayers weren't working so I gave up. I thought to myself "God, I tried with all my might, I searched the Scriptures, went to church, read the Bible and prayed all to no avail. If Im going to be saved your going to have to do it because I tried."
So I quit praying but still the Bible kept calling me so I read more. 3 Days later I was laying in a tanning bed and God convicted me really hard that I had offended Him by the life I was living. I was so scared of God, where could I run. You can't hide from God. It seemed like forever that I was under these terrors of being punished by a Holy Angry God. This lasted about 10 minutes then this is how I understood it. God let me understand that all that anger that He had for me for all my sin should come my way but He had poured that anger out on Jesus 2,000 years ago. I immediately started weeping an couldn't stop for about 20 minutes. All the sins that I could think of I confessed for that 20 minutes one after another after another, I was so sorrowful and grieved it physically hurt inside.
After I stopped crying I thought that was the weirdest thing that ever happened. I walked out of the tanning salon and stood outside and everything seemed so beautiful, the tree's, the birds, even the air seemed pleasant. Now I was really wondering what was going on.
I pondered all of this as I drove to work that day. I brought my Bible to work and was thinking what am I doing, I want to take my Bible to work so I can read it. As soon as I got to work I started reading my Bible. I couldn't believe what I was reading!! It all was so wonderful. It felt so good to just read my Bible. My client showed up and as I was training them the only thing I could think about was getting back to my Bible. I read all night and slept about 2 hours and was reading again.
I had sinful things in my apartment and I rounded everything evil up and threw it in the garbage. It was weird I was thinking but it felt good so I left it all in the garbage. I called my girlfriend to break it up and she thought I had another girl, I said no, I just think this is wrong we shouldn't be sleeping together. She didn't understand so I told her I was a Christian now and she still thought I had another girlfriend. She said "Im glad your a Christian, so am I" I thought to myself, "I have a strong conviction that sleeping together is wrong and she thought it was okay" I wondered how she could think that. Anyway we broke up.
I kept reading my bible and repenting, there was so much to repent of and I had lived a very sinful life. I was a thief for some part of my life and all the people I stole from kept coming to mind. I owed so much money. I was instantly in debt about $80,000. As I could I paid them back. As of 7-18-2016 I still owe about $25,000 but it sure is a joy to be paying them back.
The first week of being saved a car just about ran me over, they hit me but I wasn't hurt at all. The guy in the car felt so bad. I just looked at him and said "God bless you and have a great day, I am okay" smiled at him and moved on. Now I was really wondering what was going on because I normally would have cussed him out left and right and instead of cussing I blessed him. That was so weird. But again it felt good. I learned to do good by what my conscience told me was good and that it felt good. I got hooked on this feeling good by doing good and did it more often.
About two weeks after being saved I thought of Bob. I immediately prayed for him, something like "Lord help him.." then I stopped praying and said out loud "What am I doing?" I'm praying for a man that I hated my whole life, but it feels good and right, so I did it again. I stopped again midway in the prayer and started pacing around. I was trying to make sense of what was going on and couldn't figure it out. But again it made me happy to pray for him so I did. Bob would often come to mind when I went to the bathroom and each time I would pray for Him. The more I did this the less weird it got. And the greater my love grew for him.
I started memorizing large portions of scripture and this was wonderful because it felt like the words were cleaning my mind and as Proverbs 2:10 "For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul." I wanted more and more of this pleasantness. So I memorized even more and the joy got more and more.
Then this life changing advice came:
A friend from church told me to find a book of the Bible and really understand it. Read through the Bible and pick one and read it over and over and study it and really get it. So I started in Genesis and read through. When I got to Proverbs I really liked it so I thought that would be the book. I started by memorizing all of Proverbs chapter 3. After that I thought maybe there is a better book than Proverbs. So I read on. Then I came to Song of Solomon. I read it with quite some confusion. It wasn't as good as the other books, I didn't know why. So I bought a commentary on it. George Burrowes commentary on the Song of Solomon.
In the commentary I found that George and other saw the book as illustrating God's love to the Church. And not only illustrating it but displaying the Love of Christ better than any other book. This caught my attention big time, because I was having a burning desire for a closer relationship with God and desperately learning about His Love so that I could Love God. You see I had hated Him for so long that God used that old hard heart to spur me on in loving Him. I so much did not want to hate God anymore that I was on fire to learn to Love Him as much and as fast as possible. So here was a book that would help me do that. So I landed on the Song of Solomon. I committed to learning as much of this book as possible.
I memorized the first chapter and would repeat it often throughout the day. I didn't know much of what I was repeating but it sure made me happier and on fire for God. I grew so fast repeating the first chapter over and over again all day, like a dozen times a day at least. It felt so good and I never found any other book that caused me to weep so much. I would often weep everyday just reading it. I was to immature to know what was going on. Even though it hurt to weep so much, I felt like my heart was being cleansed from the filth that was in it by repeating it over and over again so I did. As I read the commentary I understood more and more. What God was doing in me through the Song was greater and faster than any other portion of Scripture so I tended to stay there often. I was so excited about God that I thought it funny that other's in church weren't the same way. Some where happy but it seemed most of them didn't seem to care much about God. They would talk about work, football the weather. The only thing I wanted to talk about was Jesus and God and how can I grow closer to Him.
About this time there was a mission trip to Ireland.
I started to have convictions that I should try to find Bob and witness to him. I kept praying for him but how could he be saved if he hadn't heard the Gospel that has power unto salvation. So I asked family if they had any information. Like me before, my family hated him and thought he deserved hell. After some time I got his name but no location or phone number. Either they didn't know where he was or didn't want to tell me. I prayed some more and then started to get stronger convictions to do something about finding Bob.
So I went on the internet and typed in "his name and child molestation sex offender court" thinking that some court record would have some info leading to where I may find him" I even talked to a private eye and he couldn't help. So I googled some key words and spent hours each day looking through each page. I believed it was God's will for me to witness to Bob. I wanted him to be saved. Really bad. So much so that I thought God would save Bob if I were to witness to him. So I didn't stop searching for him. I kept my computer on each day and went page by page. It took two years to go through about 15,000 pages but I found someone who matched his name in a prison for molesting his grandchildren. I wrote the prison and he wrote back. All kinds of emotions went through my body when I saw his letter from the jail. I didn't open it right away but two hours later God gave me enough courage to face my fears again and I opened the letter. He admitted to being the one who molested me. We wrote back and forth I told him I was angry before but now I was saved and that I loved him and believed God wanted me to talk to him. He read my letters over and over again. I shared the gospel in each one.
I got mad at Bob 2x. Once he said that he love me. I got really angry with him. He didn't love me. That night it was hard to love Bob, I had to call a friend to pray for me to repent, after he prayed I felt greater love for Bob. Then I wrote him back saying "I'm sorry but you can't say that you loved me. You did not love me you lusted after me." He admitted he didn't love as he should have and admitted that it was lust and sinful. Finally some conviction. Yet I only thought he was saying that because I was being nice to him. All his family had left him and he said I was the only "friend" he had.
Wether or not it was true Bob said that he had cancer in his arm and that the help the prison gives was not enough and if he had money he could see a different doctor and get help. I sent him some money and since I was in jail before I knew what it was like to be in there without money, so I sent him money.
About 4-5 months in the economy went down, it was 2008. Work was hard. I still sent him money and I had to work harder. This was a really good lesson for me because I had to "work hard for the benefit of someone who did not deserve it." This was one of the greatest blessing ever because I realized with great certainty that Jesus was in me. This is what Jesus did. Jesus worked his whole life for me and I didn't deserve it!! Christ was in me! This was one of the best feelings ever and it put me in worship for months.
Then a mission trip to Croatia.
Each time I had to leave my business and amazing as it is I was completely okay each time. I am a self employed personal trainer and it is normally absurd to just leave and start over, but each time I had enough work within 2 weeks of coming back. This is a flat out miracle. I trusted God to provide and he did. How many people can start up a business in 2 weeks. Only with the help of God. God was teaching me early on in my walk that as long as I did what He wanted me to do then I had nothing to worry about.
About 3 years saved now.
I Taught the 4 year old's at church Sunday morning for 10 years.
Left my business 2x for mission trips and God miraculously provided when I came back.
I taught 5 x a week plus held a job.
Sunday morning to the kids.
Sunday night with the 5th graders
Friday afternoons at Good News Clubs. Sponsored by Child Evangelism Fellowship.
Friday Nights with the Kids teaching through Pilgrims Progress, I did this 2x
Teaching Monday afternoons at a nursing home. I taught through the Song of Songs once then John, then Romans then back to the Song again! I love the Song of Songs.
I grew up hating God for what happened to me, and now I love Him because He first loved me. My passion is for children to grow up loving God and not hating Him.
My other passion which has become ever greater is to help others see the Love of Christ to His Church in the Song of Songs!!
I would love to help you, just let me know and I will lead you and pray for you.
God demonstrates His love to us in sending His one and only Son to suffer in our place, taking our sins upon Himself so that whoever believes they get to heaven because of what He did for us will not perish but have everlasting life.