JEALOUS GOD – EL QANNA
I would like to share with you a revelation that was life changing to me. It is the appearance of El Qanna – Jealous God in the account of Jesus’ wilderness experience found in Matthew 4. I pray it is life changing to you too.
As Jesus was being challenged by the devil emotionally, relationally, physically and professionally, He responded simply with the sword of the Spirit, Scripture. However, with the last lure (all these I will give You if You will fall down and worship me,) Jesus’ tone changes and He zealously says, “AWAY WITH YOU SATAN!” (Verse 10)
Psalm 24:1 teaches us that, “The earth is the Lord’s and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therin… [already belong to Him].” So why this type of a response from Jesus?
Jesus’ passionate response reveals what is most passionate to God…worship. Everything already is the Lord’s, what He desires is our love.
“For you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.”(Exodus 34:14) The bible records many names for God and each name reveals another element of His personality. One of His names is El Qanna meaning:
Jealous (Qanna) God (El) – Strong’s # 7067.
The Hebrew word used to translate “Jealousy” is Qan-na. When you study a language it is fascinating to see what words individuals choose words to explain what it means. I like how Wikipedia said it, “Jealousy typically refers to the negative thoughts and feelings of insecurity, fear, and anxiety that occur when a person believes an item of value (such as a relationship or skill) is being threatened (such as by a rival or by others’ different skill set.) While jealousy and envy are similar, they different, jealousy is about something one has and is afraid of losing, while envy is about something one doesn’t not have and either wants to acquire or to prevent another from getting.”
This is a pretty accurate word picture to the Biblical meaning of the word. The central meaning of the Hebrew word qanna is related to jealousy especially in the marriage relationship.
God is depicted as Israel’s husband and by marriage the “two become one flesh.” (Gen. 2:24) Because of this union adultery is then a severing of the body. Leviticus 20:10 tells us that adultery is punishable by death. I mention that because sin is a metaphor for spiritual adultery and like adultery, sin is punishable by death.
The grave doesn’t give up easily; however, the love of God won when Jesus Christ rose from the dead conquering the grave. HalleluYah. Song of Solomon 8:6 speaks of this love saying, “For love is as strong as death, Jealousy as cruel as the grave; Its flames are flames of fire, a most vehement flame.” (Song of Solomon 8:6)
A most vehement flame is the Flame of Love that has been burning in the heart of God since the beginning of time. This is our El Qanna. “For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.” (Deuteronomy 4:24)
El Qanna (Jealous God) can be understood as a God that watches over us lovingly, faithfully, and passionately, as a bridegroom watches over His beloved bride to be.
The jealousy of God is the passion of Christ. “Christ” means anointed. Jesus Christ was anointed to watch over the passion of God and break the curse of sin which is death. The passion of the Christ is that God loves us to much to be without us.
The Lord is having me write on this subject because so many of us have a hard time comprehending love without conditions or strings attached. Many look at the Cross and wonder what they can do to repay Him for all He has done.
This mentality has plagued me for many years. The truth is that Jesus didn’t have to do it. He went to the Cross because He wanted to. He went because Jealous Love burned in Him. Responding to this love is not done in an effort to pay Him back, it is a motion that comes naturally as we see from this perspective.
As we understand the breadth, length, height, and depth of this love our heart is set on fire by the Jealous Flame of the Lord. His passion ignites ours sending fuel to our limbs empowering us to pick up our cross and to follow Him.
I am undone. Tears run down my face my heart sings words that remain unspoken.
Beloved, this raw emotion that flow from the heart it is the most innocent and pure expression possible and what He is craves…it is worship. As our heart swells with raw emotion, El Qanna smiles. Selah.
This passion is also the passion that drove the apostle Paul and it is the same passion that drives me. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 11:2, “I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
AUTHOR: Tiffany Ann