What the bible says about Being Jealous...
When "thousands" isn't enough
The people of Israel were being threatened by the Philistines, a very large and powerful army. King Saul promised rewards to anyone who would fight Goliath, the leader of the Philistines. Little David, the youngest son of Jesse actually kills Goliath. You'd think the king would be thrilled. But NOOO!
"When David returned from slaying the Philistine, women came out from each of the cities to meet King Saul, singing and dancing, with tambourines, joyful songs and sistrums. The women played and sang:
'Saul has slain his thousands,
and David his ten thousands.'
Saul was very angry and resentful of this song, for he thought, 'They say David killed ten thousands, but say I only killed thousands. All that's left for him is to become king.' And from that day on, Saul was jealous of David."
1 Samuel 18: 6-9
What do you notice after reading this story?
Jealousy can take over
Let's tell a little more of the story of what happens to Saul and David.
"Saul raged in his house. David was in attendance, playing the harp just as he always did. Saul held his spear and threw it at David, thinking to nail David to the wall. But twice David escaped him.
1 Samuel 18:10-12
What do you notice about this experience?
Jesus is killed because of jealousy
The Roman governor at the time of Jesus was a man named Pilate. Jesus had been brought before him to be sentenced to death. But Pilate couldn't care less about what he thought was an internal religious squabble. So he decided to make fun of the situation by letting the people choose between Jesus and a murderer...
"Now on the occasion of a festival the governor was accustomed to release one prisoner, whom the crowd would chooose. They had at that time a notorious prisoner named Barabbas. Since they were already assembled, Pilate said to them, 'Which one should I set free for you, Barabbas or Jesus, the so-called Messiah?' He knew, of course, that it was out of jealousy that they handed him over."
Matthew 27: 15-18
What do you notice about the situation Jesus finds himself in?
Jealousy can lead to lies
While it would be better to be healed of jealousy altogether, if people are jealous, they have a responsibility to minimize its effects...
"If you nurse bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, at least refrain from arrogant and false claims against the truth....Where there are jealousy and strife, there will also be disorder and every other kind of evil."
What do you notice about this saying?
What will the teacher think?
St. Paul is writing to the people in Corinth and starts worrying that when he returns to visit his beloved community, everything might not go well.
"I fear that when I come I may not find you to my liking, nor may you find me to yours. I fear I may find discord, jealousy , outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, slander and gossip, self importance and disorder.
2 Corinthians 12: 20
If someone YOU respected came back into your life would he/she find:
©2001 Ralph Sommer