The Jealousy of God; More Landon Snow

I suppose it is a little deceptive to say “more Landon Snow” because, apart from pointing out that the CFBA blog tour for R. K. Mortenson’s Landon Snow and the Island of Arcanum (Barbour) continues through Friday, I really only wanted to give you a view of Landon’s progenitor. Literally.

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R. K., known as Randy, has undergone a number of changes in his life recently. Formerly a Navy chaplain, he left the service and took a pastorate, which also meant he moved from Florida to … North Dakota. Oh, and one other change. He and his wife, who already have two adoptive children, are expecting a baby boy in January. You can read more about Randy and his family in a great interview at Mom 2 Mom Connection.

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The jealousy of God. I wanted to take a look at this attribute because I think it is one our American culture finds particularly hard. After all, we understand God as loving, merciful, kind, even just and holy. But jealous? Isn’t that born out of selfishness, out of envy?

Because we are unsure of how sinless God has an attribute we associate with sin, we mostly don’t talk about it. At least that’s what I assume. I mean, what were the last five sermons you heard on the subject? Or the last five that even referenced the trait as part of God’s nature?

Me either. Except I did hear one, and this was superemely helpful. In essence, this speaker put God’s jealousy in context. Would not a loving husband be moved to jealousy if he saw another man wooing his wife? We would not equate such a response as sinful but as natural, to be expected.

So too with God and His people. He loves us and wants to jealously guard His relationship with us. We are His, bought with a price. And why wouldn’t He want to keep predators away?

Yes, predators. Think of the scheming men who prey on the young by making internet contact and luring them into a physical encounter. That’s the best description of what Satan wants to do

Except, of course, the Biblical image of him being a lion stalking its prey.

Prey. Either way, we are nothing but prey.

God doesn’t see us like that. He sees us as His creation, made new by the blood of His precious Son. Therefore, we are His children.

One of the best things about a loving dad is the way he protects his family and makes them feel safe. He jealously guards them.

Ah, jealously.

Can a Christian writer show God as a jealous God in fiction? I hope so. Showing that aspect of God’s character will enrich readers.

Published in: on November 30, 2006 at 2:04 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Thanks for the link, Rebecca. I miss hanging out with you at Sally Apokedak’s site. 🙂 Glad to know Landon Snow is making the rounds here. I love how Landon’s sisters play such important roles in the series. My son has three sisters and can relate!

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  2. Oh so true that God is a jealous God. I’m glad He loves me enough to be jealous of me, to care what I do, how I think, where I go, what I wear and how I act.

    Blessings,

    Shirley Buxton
    http://www.writenow.wordpress.com

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