LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:
When we speak of the jealousy of God and the worship that is due Him, we often speak of paganism. Maybe the story of Jeroboam and Rehoboam. Rehoboam, the son of Solomon was to be ruler over the kingdom. The people made a plea and Rehoboam rejected that plea which brought a division in the nation. Jeroboam took 10 of the northern tribes as his kingdom. Jeroboam knew that the place to worship was in Jerusalem. He also knew that if the people of the northern 10 tribes went there to worship they would rejoin Judah and once again become one nation. Jeroboam had a solution.
Jeroboam took the religion of the Jews and made some small changes. He replaced the priests God had chosen with his priests that had been chosen from the men of a base sort. They were more wicked and served as priests. Jeroboam also gave the people two places to worship. They did not have to go to Jerusalem. Then he gave them visible, tangible objects to worship.
Notice the implications here. He made God’s representatives more like the people. He made worship very convenient and the people became content. Last but not least, he gave them something they could see which pleased the people. We have the same thing today. If we can make things convenient and throw in the rest we can have a crowd. I wonder if God was jealous in this situation?
When Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus words are revealed unto us in John 4:22 – “Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.” Jesus was, in essence, telling this woman that her worship was unacceptable. There was the form of the worship of the Jews that the Samaritans were practicing. The problem was mixing in a little of the world. Notice verse 24 – “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
Is there the possibility that a lot of what we call worship today is unacceptable to God? II Timothy 3:16 says – “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect throughly furnished unto all good works.” Hebrews 13:8 – “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever. God doesn’t change. God’s Son doesn’t change. God and His Son Jesus is jealous over our worship. ARE WE ACCEPTABLE IN OUR WORSHIP? The woman of Samaria was not.