Tikkun America RESTORE Magazine Issue 15 Cheshvan | November 2022 | Page 16



Jealousy . What exactly are we to do with it and how is it painted on the canvas of how we are to reach the lost ? Many still do not comprehend how to function in this role . First , we must look at the word to understand its origin . Jealousy comes from the Greek verb zeo , meaning to burn in spirit , boil as water , or to become ardently passionate about someone or committed to something . From the Hebrew , ( El Kanna ) this is the same word used for the jealousy God feels for His chosen people . Adonai uses this same perpetual emotion to excite zeal in the house of Israel through the Gentiles . Kinah is a similar word in the Tanakh and has identical undertones of being set ablaze with a fervent desire to possess . In short , the jealousy of God is two-fold . The Gentiles ’ zeal for the Lord reignites Israel ’ s fire on the altar . Thereby provoking Israel ’ s teshuva or to return to Him in perfect repentance .
The second commandment specifically declares what moves God to jealousy and why Israel should not bow down to worship false gods constructed from that which God alone has created . However , the jealousy of God comes through His love for humankind . God ’ s jealousy is pure , thus mirroring the seventh commandment , “ Do not commit adultery ” ( Exod . 20:14 ).
Within Jewish thought , God ’ s jealousy is comparable to the imagery of a lover who is protective of his bride . From this we are reminded that God is telling Israel of their marriage together . He is loyal in his eternal covenants and expects no less loyalty from her and we would expect the same from our spouses .
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