The Jealousy of Saul

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In 1 Samuel 18:6-16 we will see that Saul becomes jealous of David. He’s jealous because the people think more highly of David than him, and he’s also jealous because the Lord was with David, but had departed from him.

Jealousy is an intoxicant that blurs one’s vision, clouds the mind, dulls judgment, and makes one behave strangely. It is a potent cocktail of empty-handed desire, possessiveness, and paranoid suspicion. Jealousy not only wants what others have, but it also doesn’t want them to have it. Galatians 5 and James 3 describe jealousy as a demonic sin.

However, in our Bible God also describes Himself as a “jealous God.” Paul exhorts the early church not to “provoke God to jealousy.” That raises a question, doesn’t it? How can the possessive jealousy of Saul be bad but the jealousy of God for His people be good? Or to put it another way, if God is a jealous God, why would it be wrong for imitators of his example (Galatians 5:1) to be jealous also? Listen in as we explore this question and more.