“For the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” —Exodus 34:14
With what jealousy must the Lord regard the great mass of the people of this country, who have another God beside himself! With what indignation doth he look upon many of you who are subject to the prince of the power of the air, the god of this world! To you Jehovah is nothing. God is not in all your thoughts; you have no fear of Him before your eyes. Like the men of Israel, you have set up your idols in your heart. Your god is custom, fashion, business, pleasure, ambition, honour. You have made unto yourselves gods of these things; you have said, “These be thy gods, O Israel.” Ye follow after the things which perish, the things of this world, which are vanity. O ye sons of men, think not that God is blind. He can perceive the idols in your hearts; he understandeth what be the secret things that your souls lust after; he searcheth your heart, he trieth your reins; beware lest he find you sacrificing to strange gods, for his anger will smoke against you, and his jealousy will be stirred. O ye that worship not God, the God of Israel, who give him not dominion over your whole soul, and live not to his honour, repent ye of your idolatry, seek mercy through the blood of Jesus, and provoke not the Lord to jealousy any more.
Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)
Delivered Sunday Evening, March 29, 1863
at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington
Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 9, Sermon No. 502
“A Jealous God”