The redeemer of our souls is the one true God of Israel, the one who brought us out of bondage, out the grips of death, and from under the power of the enemy. While in bondage, we did everything we could to free ourselves from the powers of the enemy, but our human efforts were no match for the powers of darkness. When God came in the volume of his word and power, he demonstrated his ability to deliver and rescue those that were in bondage, and because he was the God who delivered us, and not the gods of wood and stone, nor our human efforts, his command to have no other gods before him was declared that we might identify that truth and reality.
“Thou shall not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shall not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.”
Bowing before images that have no voice to speak, or setting up for oneself an image in place of God is to blaspheme the name of God. Because images have no power to save, nor can they answer back when we pray to them, it is an abomination before God, an insult to the Creator. As a result of such behaviors, man will fall under judgment, he has chosen a god that can neither save him when he is in need, nor can the god he chooses hear him when he calls.
God’s jealousy is not that he is jealous of men as in the human understanding, but rather angry that man has replaced him with dumb idols that has no life, breath, or power. The iniquities of the fathers for such practices will pass unto the children, God will bring judgment upon the children of those who practice idolatry from the third and fourth generation of them who will follow in the footsteps of their fathers. If; however, they will recognize their transgression and turn from their sins, God will remove the hand of judgment and bring a blessing on them in the fourth generation.
To conclude, there is only one God, and the jealousy of God stems not from his lacking of anything, or envy of man, but rather from his desire to help us when we are in need. It stems from his desire and plan to redeem us, and his plan to raise us up from the power of the grave, but because man has chosen to walk after the works of his hands, he will perish in his sins. God’s jealousy is not a result of him needing us, but rather because of his desire for us to be saved. Support us and support the Gospel