For this week’s Word Nerd Wednesday, my dear friend, Hope, shares with us what it means for God to be called El Qanna, or Jealous God.
El Qanna (7065) and El Qanno (7067) = jealous God:
used of God as not bearing any rival; the severe avenger of any departure from himself (not to be confused with human envy)
Long before God told Hosea to marry an adulterous wife, an earlier romance unfolded in Exodus:
Yahweh, compassionate and gracious, heard the cries of a suffering slave girl and loved her. “I will free you . . . I will take you as my own . . . and I will be yours,” he promised (6:6-7). The King of the Universe carried her away on eagles’ wings, took her by the hand in covenant marriage, and cherished his chosen one as a treasured jewel (19:5). He promised to be true; she vowed to love, honor, and obey his voice.
Our Heavenly Husband is a Jealous God
Hear the heavenly husband call his beloved to an exclusive relationship of whole-hearted monogamy:
I am Yahweh your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods besides me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, Yahweh your God, am El Qanna, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments. (20:1-6)
Because the groom’s name is Jealous, he urges his holy bride to remain pure and guard her heart against straying:
I am making a covenant with you . . . Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land where you are going, or they will be a snare among you. Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and cut down their Asherah poles. Do not worship any other god, for Yahweh, whose name is Qanna, is El Qanna. Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land; for when they prostitute themselves to their gods and sacrifice to them, they will invite you and you will eat their sacrifices. And when you choose some of their daughters as wives for your sons, and those daughters prostitute themselves to their gods, they will lead your sons to do the same. Do not make cast idols.Exodus 34:10-17
God is Jealous for Us Because He Loves Us
He is The One who loves his precious wife with burning passion; she must be faithful, loving him alone, with all her heart and soul and strength:
Be careful not to forget the covenant of Yahweh your God that he made with you; do not make for yourselves an idol in the form of anything Yahweh your God has forbidden. For Yahweh your God is a consuming fire, El Qanna.Deuteronomy 4:23-2)
Make no mistake, the covenant keeper will defend what rightly belongs to him:
I shall be jealous for my holy name.Ezekiel 39:25
I will not give my glory to another, nor my praise to graven images.(Isaiah 42:8)
Because the faithful husband will not abide infidelity or divided loyalty, Joshua urges a renewal of vows:
Now fear Yahweh and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve Yahweh . . . Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve . . . As for me and my household, we will serve Yahweh . . . He is a holy God; he is El Qanno. If you forsake Yahweh and serve foreign gods, he will turn and bring disaster on you and make an end of you, after he has been good to you. (Joshua 24:14-20)
How will you renew your vows to El Qanna today?
Hello from Leesville, Louisiana where I live with my dear husband. Although I have loved reading and writing and teaching for as long as I can remember, I am new to blogging. I have been a disciple of Jesus Christ and student of God’s Word for nearly 25 years.