Extremely Jealous

The word of the Lord of Hosts came: “The Lord of Hosts says this, I am extremely jealous for Zion. I am jealous for her with great wrath.” Zechariah 8:1 HCSB

Wikipedia reports that the grizzly bear is any North American subspecies of brown bear. Except for females with cubs, grizzlies are normally solitary, active animals, but in coastal areas, grizzlies gather around streams, lakes, rivers, and ponds during the salmon spawn. Every other year females produce one to four young (usually two) which are small and weigh only about one pound at birth. A mother grizzly bear is protective of her offspring and will attack if she thinks she or her cubs are threatened.

This verse reminds us that God is an extremely jealous God. His jealously leads to His promise to reestablish a relationship with His people. God’s jealously is a product of His unconditional and unearned love for His people. God is jealous with great wrath, similar to how fierce a mother grizzly bear will protect her young. He wants only what is best for His children and wants to protect them from anything that would harm them.

Challenge: God still loves His people today and desires a relationship with them. He loves you and wants to protect you from the evils of this world. He has great wrath for anything that would harm you and keep you from having a relationship with Him. Thank God for His great love and protection.

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