Wednesday, February 3, 2010
The Rage of a Jealous Husband
... jealousy is a husband's fury, therefore (He) will not spare in the day of vengeance. He will accept no recompense, nor will (He) be appeased though you give many gifts. (Proverbs 6:34-35)
The NIV translation puts it this way:
"... for jealousy arouses a husband's fury, and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge. He will not accept any compensation; he will refuse the bribe, however great it is."
We in the West live in a culture that has degenerated to such depths of moral laxity, that the full impact of this Scripture cannot be initially felt. The commentary in the Geneva Bible, on this passage, says:
"He (the writer of the Proverb) shows that man by nature seeks his death, that has abused his wife, and so concludes that neither God's Law nor the law of nature admits any ransom for the adultery."
God, on His part, is a jealous husband: "for you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God" (Exodus 34:14); "for your Maker is your husband, The LORD of hosts is His name;" (Isaiah 54:5).
God has a furious rage that is directed towards all suitors who seek to seduce His bride from Him. God is also angry with His bride who allows herself to be seduced. Who (or What) are these suitors? The Apostle James writes:
"You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”? (James 4:3-5)
Pleasure seeking, in the context of worldliness, is an adulterous practice. The Holy Spirit, within the believer, is roused to jealousy, when we are seduced into a pleasure-seeking lifestyle.
Elsewhere it is written concerning such pleasure-seekers:
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. (II Timothy 3:1-6)
In the Lord is to be found all the pleasures that will satisfy our desires and needs. To seek satisfaction in anyone, or anything, else is spiritual adultery. As a jealous husband, God's vengeful anger cannot be cooled down by bribes, gifts or any other attempts to placate His sense of indignation. Nothing short of death is adequate.
May the Lord teach us the fear of God. May we call on Him to grant us the spirit of repentance to turn away from all adulteries, which begin in the lust of worldly pleasure-seeking. Amen!