Deuteronomy 4:24 - Is God Jealous or Zealous.

Deuteronomy 4:24 - Is God Jealous or Zealous.

Deuteronomy 4:24 (NKJV) For the Lord your God is a consuming 
fire, a jealous God.  

The Hebrew word can be rendered as "jealous" or "zealous." God 
zealously protects his own reputation as the universal sovereign. [NLT SB] 

It is the zeal with which He seeks to maintain His relationship 
with those He loves. [Believer's SB] 

  Our God is a consuming fire. He is satisfied only when His 
love totally consumes us. We usually think of a jealous person as 
someone resentful and suspicious, but the Lord's jealousy on our behalf 
is something that should be precious to us! He has the complete 
right to our lives. He gave us life, and He wants to protect us from 
anything that could harm us. That is why He has commanded His children to 
worship no other gods, allowing nothing to distract us from His 
consuming love.  
  The Lord opposes anything that hinders our relationship with 
Him (De 6:15). He knows the danger of other gods, how they will lure 
us away, deceive us, and leave us empty. He will tolerate nothing 
that takes precedence over our love for Him. Our faithfulness to God 
assures us of the abundant life He wants to give us. If we reject Him, 
He will pursue us until we return to Him.  
  We should not resent the fact that God wants to guard our 
relationship with Him. It should bring us comfort. Our relationship with God 
should be our top priority. It should dictate how we spend our time, 
our money, and our energy. If certain people or our possessions 
separate us from God, we must reexamine our hearts and give our devotion 
first to Him, as He commands. God wants each of us to love Him with 
all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength (Mark 12:30). Our love 
for God should extend to every corner of our lives. God loved us so 
much that He gave us His own Son. Let us respond by giving Him our 
highest devotion in return. [Experiencing God Day by Day by Henry and 
Richard Blackaby re Deu. 4:24] 

Make Christ First And Last And Best In Everything. AH106