God is Zealous and Jealous over Jerusalem.

“Thus says the Lord of hosts; I am zealous for Zion with great jealousy, with great fervor I am zealous for her.” Zec. 8:2 NKJV.

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Zealous, qanah, Strong’s # 7065: to be zealous, filled with zeal, full of emotion; to be passionate; also to be jealous or envious; to be highly possessive of something.
Qanah and its derivatives appear approximately 90 times in O.T. often in the context of the Lord’s becoming provoked to jealousy by flirtations of His people with false gods.
Qanah is not a negative word, though, as it is the zeal of the Lord that will bring about the Messiah’s eternal reign (Isa.9:7). The central meaning is jealousy (in a negative sense) and zeal (in a positive sense).
In a very real way, severing the one flesh(Gen. 2:24) was a form of murder, and adultry was punishable by death (lev. 20:10; Deut. 22:22). Using the marriage modal, God is often depicted in the O.T. as the Husband of Israel. He is a jealous God (Ex.20:5).
Every nation has its plans for Jerusalem; God, too, has His plans (Zec.8:3-15), which must overrule all human schemes. God promises to return to Zion, and dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be called the City of Truth, The Mountain of the Lord of hosts, The Holy Mountain (Zec.8:3).

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Aug 22, 2014 @ 23:36:45

    A great word to highlight in our day, Manny. With so many bent on the destruction of the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the Bible never states that this emotion of God will somehow disappear over time. He has called them back to Jerusalem and the land that was given to them through covenantal providence. May God bless the people of Israel.
    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful and timely nugget.

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    • Mannyr
      Aug 23, 2014 @ 01:35:50

      Good to hear from you Chris. You must be very busy–I remember the days when I longed for retirement. Yes, I feel the world has turned against Israel, and led by obummer who has singlehandedly done more to further Muslim encroachment in to Our way of life than anyone. I have been reading up on the whole Muslim mess, and it stinks beyond reason. Anyway I hope you and your family are all well and blessed in Jesus name.

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