The Deed of Jealousy

In the book of Genesis, Chapter 37, we read the great story of Joseph. In v. 11 (NIV1984) we read: “His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.” Joseph’s brothers had jealousy in their hearts for their little brother. A jealous person is intolerant of rivalry or unfaithfulness. A jealous person is hostile toward a rival or one believed to enjoy an advantage. Jealousy is a sin. Are you a jealous person? Joseph was the youngest child in his family, and his father, Jacob, showed favoritism to him because of this. Joseph was presented a coat of many colors by his father, and his brothers became very jealous. Parents, don’t show favoritism. Treat all your children the same. The jealousy in the hearts of Joseph’s brothers was so great that they hated him! That is strong language! Hate is intense hostility and aversion, usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury. Proverbs 6:34-35 (NIV1984) states: “For jealousy arouses a husband’s fury, and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge. He will not accept any compensation; he will refuse the bribe, however great it is.” Are you a jealous person?

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