Why is God a jealous God?
“Do not make any gods to be alongside me; do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold.”
- Exodus 20:23
This character of our god has always been confusing for some Christians; in fact, even those who have strong faith can’t always briefly explain this matter.
God, being a jealous God, actually compliments his character as a loving and merciful God. It might not be as accurate as I imagine it to be but we can just put it this way. God and the enemy may have had a treaty where a person who worships anyone should be subject to whom or what it worships.
See, when Satan was named as the “king of the world”, it meant, anything that can be against the Lord is his’. For example, money, which is the common source of worship for pagans, happened to be under the enemy’s dominion. Thus, without further explanation, anyone who worship’s money is subject to the enemy and not to God.
Be careful to do everything I have said to you. Do not invoke the names of other gods; do not let them be heard on your lips.
- Genesis 23:13
When God said that He was a jealous God, that meant He wanted you to be His’ and Him to be yours. It was actually an act of grace. Thus, with that thought, we must be very conscious of our priorities. Does God top it all? Is God always number 1 in your list or orders?
If we worship other people or things in this world other than Him, we deviate ourselves from god’s promises in life. But if we did receive God in our lives and prioritize Him over all, then, we receive His grace every day.
“Worship the Lord you god, and His blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, and none will miscarry of be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span.”
- Exodus 23:25-26
Why God does require us of offerings when He owns everything?
“Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from each man whose heart prompts him to give.”
- Exodus 25:1
God created this world, even man, of course God owns everything. Even our lives. But because of His love and Grace, He gave us possession of His creation. The best example for this is our own lives.
In business, anyone who created or innovated something is the presumed owner of such thing, unless it is further sold to someone else. God never sold His creation to anyone. Nevertheless, He appointed man to rule over His creation. But that didn’t mean we own them. We are merely the possessors. In more concrete term, we are just care takers of His creation.
The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
- Genesis 2:15
In business law, we have this Disputable presumption that anyone who bears possession of a thing is the owner of the thing. But the beauty of law is seen here. This is only a Disputable presumption. Why? As my Law Reviewer said, the Law of State respects the Law of God. Thus, this being a disputable presumption, we therefore derive the fact that the possessor won’t necessarily be the owner.
Bottom line is, anything we have right now is not of our own ownership. We are merely possessors of it.
Now, to answer the question, why do God requires us to, as I may give it as a term, return to Him what he requires us to return? Does He need it? What will he do with it? Give it to the poor?
God owns everything, He doesn’t need it. But we do. We need to give it to Him.
Why? Because He loves us.
How’s that a basis?
1. To refrain ourselves from the warning of the above topic/question
2. To make ourselves selfless and be more transparent and/or submissive to God
3. To be even more blessed