"The Lord, Whose Name Is Jealous"
"Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee: But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves: For thou shalt worship no other god: for The Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice; And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods." (Exodus 34:12-16 KJV)
Carnal Jealousy and Godly Jealousy
The original Hebrew word that is translated as "jealous" in the Scripture quote above, is (pronounced) caw-naw. It doesn't merely mean jealous, but to be provoked to jealousy.
Human jealousy is often defined as a covetous emotion that is the result of either mistrust (whether justified or not), alienation, or envy. Human jealousy is self-concerned, hence the reason that even animals can experience some forms of the same kind of jealousy as humans do. Godly jealousy is, on the other hand, a positive response based solely upon His desire to see humans remain faithful to the only True God, for their own good, so that they may someday become actual Children Of God. Humans become jealous for their own sake; God is jealous for our sake.
Knowing Who Your Spiritual Father Is
Spiritual adultery, idolatry, the worship of false gods, and apostasy, is ultimately what the Seventh Commandment (see The Decalogue) is about:
"That they have committed adultery, and blood is in their hands, and with their idols have they committed adultery" (Ezekiel 23:37 KJV)
"They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil [see Children Of The Devil], and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it" (John 8:39-44 KJV)
"If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?" (Hebrews 12:7-9 KJV)
"So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman [i.e. in this case, an apostate church] sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy [see The Holy Father
and The "Holy" Roman Empire], having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the Martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration." (Revelation 17:3-6 KJV)
Fact Finder: Are true Christians a "bride"? Will the bride attend a "marriage supper" after The Return Of Jesus Christ?