Updated: Jul 25, 2020
The Bible, this blessed book, the book of our fathers, has the answers to all things. Inspired by the Heavenly Father, it is written by us, for us as a nation of people to establish order and govern ourselves. It has the ability to foretell events to come, present day and of times past. Howbeit, since the beginning; the LORD raised up our forefathers to accomplish his will with his chosen seed: the Israelites. However, as you read throughout the Bible, you're going to find out that our own people always rebelled against the prophets. A sect of Jealous evil doers having the ability to Undermine with a Demonic spirit Against the Saints. (J.U.D.A.S.)
Let's delve into the first letter of this acronym and its definitions and dissect it in biblical proportions to widen our perspectives on the spirit of jealousy.
The definition of jealous:
1. disposes to suspect rivalry or unfaithfulness.
2. vigilant in guarding a possession
Jealousy is a toxic emotional disease and generally refers to the thoughts or feelings of insecurity, fear, anger, resentment, and concern over a relative lack of possessions or safety. Moreover, the spirit of jealousy runs deep. Jealousy is a typical experience in the human lifecycle rendering it culturally known and a universal trait since its conception in the book of Genesis.
The Jealousy of Joseph’s Brothers
This began when Joseph told his brothers about a dream he had, whereas he said, “Hear this dream that I have dreamed: Behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and stood upright. And behold, your sheaves gathered around it and bowed down to my sheaf” (Gen. 37:5-7), but his brothers were outraged and said, “Are you indeed to reign over us? Or are you indeed to rule over us?" So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words" (Gen. 37:8). Part of the problem was his brothers knew that Joseph was Jacob’s favorite son to whom Jacob gave a coat of many colors, symbolic of his prominence in Jacob’s eyes, so as Joseph “came near to them they conspired against him to kill him. They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer. Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits. Then we will say that a fierce animal has devoured him, and we will see what will become of his dreams" (Gen. 37:18-20). Instead, Joseph is sold into slavery by his brothers, but much later, they would discover their jealousy, which was clearly sinful, turned out to do much good or what they meant for evil, God made it for good. (Gen. 50:20)
The Jealousy of King Saul
After King Saul lost his thrown due to his disobedience to God for not smiting all the Amalekites. God had David anointed to be the next king, but Saul having a spirit of jealousy, vigilant in guarding a possession, tried his best to make sure David never sat on the throne. Subsequently, Saul chased David down like an animal, trying to kill him. As it is written, 1 Samuel 18:6-8 And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick.
And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.
And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom?
And Saul eyed David from that day and forward. But, when Saul saw and knew that the LORD was with David, and that Michal Saul's daughter loved him. Saul was yet the more afraid of David; and Saul became David's enemy continually. (1 Sam. 18:28-29)
So let's face it, the poison of jealousy wrecks lives. Firstly, Saul was the king of Israel, he had the kingdom, rulership and dominion. A most prized possession, the throne of Israel was rended from him. Needless to say; Saul was jealous of David and he became his enemy, showing how damaging the spirit of jealousy can be. It deteriorates and demoralizes the parties involved putting them in the bondage of sin.
Thus far the Bible clearly documents examples of jealousy on a personal basis but it doesn't stop there, let's take a look at the church of Corinth. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians that were arguing over whether they should or should not eat food sacrificed to devils. Whereas, Paul says "Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?" (1 Cor. 10:22). Therefore, being jealous is not always wrong because God is a jealous God (Ex 20:5) who despises the worship of other gods. For he is our God, our Creator and there's none beside him. Moreover, Paul wrote; "For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ (2 Cor. 11:2). Unlike Joseph's brothers and King Saul, this type of jealousy is godly: righteous, pure, holy and upright. A clear understanding on God's devine jealousy towards the saints in Corinth.
Solutions for the spirit of Jealousy.
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
Exercising the spirit of jealousy to covet someone else's possession or a position held by another is pure evil. The jealousies of Joseph's brothers and King Saul are examples that we can learn from not to be jealous of one another. Why waste the time? Brothers and sisters are we not all God’s children that have unique calls in our lives? Why wrestle with such a malicious spirit toward others position or possessions in this life? Instead, learn to accept what God has done through our lives and work together for the common good of the nation and be content with what you have. Remember a house divided against itself cannot stand. Jealousy is a sin. A little leaven, leaveneth the whole lump and can do a lot of harm to you and others.
And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
Definition of Undermining
to make (someone or something) weaker or less effective usually in a secret or gradual
Wisdom of Solomon 4:12
For the bewitching of naughtiness doth obscure things that are honest; and the wandering of concupiscence doth undermine the simple mind.
Our people use enchantments and witchcrafts: sinful devices to seduce and conceal the things which are honest. The teachings of the prophets are honest things such as; salvation, glory, promises, adoption and the covenants which only belongs to the nation of Israel. Nevertheless, they wander idly with a strong desire to undermine the simple.
Jason: The ungodly wretch
2 Maccabees 4:14
That the priests had no courage to serve any more at the altar, but despising the temple, and neglecting the sacrifices, hastened to be partakers of the unlawful allowance in the place of exercise, after the game of Discus called them forth;
Not setting by the honours of their fathers, but liking the glory of the Grecians best of all.
During the Greek captivity, this aptly named; ungodly wretch Jason had no interests in upholding the laws of God. Whereas, he chose to assimilate and be like the Grecians which is the socalled whiteman. Have you seen this happening with our people today? You better believe it!
2 Maccabees 4:26
Then Jason, who had undermined his own brother, being undermined by another, was compelled to flee into the country of the Ammonites.
Yet again our own people: Jason, that ungodly wretch and not him only for he himself was undermined by another. This clearly shows when you're not keeping the commandments, being your brothers keeper; you'll continue the cycle to operate secretly to undermine, underhand and subvert your own people. In the end it will not work, subsequently; in Jason's feat he had to flee in the land of the Ammonites: our enemies.
Definition of Demon:
An evil spirit