JEALOUSY, I SAMUEL 18 Saul, Lessons from a king
What is Jealousy? • The Bible makes it clear that there are two different types of Jealousy • 1. God’ Jealousy: This is in relation to God’s demand for total loyalty from His people. • 2. Human Jealousy: This is jealousy derived from the heart of humans, even scripture states that this is not always a bad thing • Elijah was “very jealous for the Lord”
The Language Behind Jealous • Our word Jealous is actually derived from the ancient Greek word zealos, which is also where we get the word zeal. • Hebrew: qina which is translated either zealous or jealous. • Zeal and Jealousy are very close emotions, what separates the emotions is the heart of our emotion.
Samuel 18:1-12 After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself. From that day Saul kept David with him and did not let him return home to his family. And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt. Whatever mission Saul sent him on, David was so successful that Saul gave him a high rank in the army. This pleased all the troops, and Saul’s officers as well. When the men were returning home after David had killed the Philistine, the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing, with joyful songs and with timbrels and lyres.
As they danced, they sang: “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.” Saul was very angry; this refrain displeased him greatly. “They have credited David with tens of thousands,” he thought, “but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?” And from that time on Saul kept a close eye on David. The next day an evil spirit from God came forcefully on Saul. He was prophesying in his house, while David was playing the lyre, as he usually did. Saul had a spear in his hand and he hurled it, saying to himself, “I’ll pin David to the wall.” But David eluded him twice. Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with David but had departed from Saul.
Are we Jealous? • Scripture says we should be content in the Lord • If we are jealous of anything other than the Lord we are sinning, and rotting from the inside. • The 10th Commandment, “Thou shalt not covet.”
Blindness of Jealousy It is not love that is blind, but jealousy ~Lawrence Durrell Justine, 1957
Blindness of Saul • Saul tried to kill David 11 times in scripture • I Sam 18:11 • I Sam 18:21 • I Sam 19:1 • I Sam19:10 • I Sam 19:11 • I Sam 19:15 • I Sam 19:20 • I Sam 19:21 • I Sam 19:22 • I Sam 23:15 • I Sam 26:2
Conclusion When we let jealousy in our lives it blind us to the truth and love of God. Saul was first disobedient, than prideful, and it set up a place in his heart for extreme jealousy which ultimately lead to his death and destruction