Wisdom of Solomon #6

September 6, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Proverbs 6:34 (NIV)

For jealousy arouses a husband’s fury, and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.

 

There was an OT law concerning jealousy:

 

Numbers 5:11-15a (NIV) Then the LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘If a man’s wife goes astray and is unfaithful to him by sleeping with another man, and this is hidden from her husband and her impurity is undetected (since there is no witness against her and she has not been caught in the act), and if feelings of jealousy come over her husband and he suspects his wife and she is impure—or if he is jealous and suspects her even though she is not impure- then he is to take his wife to the priest.

 

  • The man had to bring all kinds of things to the priest.
  • The priest then – according to this law – did a rather peculiar ritual to establish whether the wife was guilty or not.
  • If found not guilty, there would be no punishment.
  • But if found guilty, the woman’s belly would swell and her womb would shrivel.  She became a curse among her people. (Numbers 5:27)

 

  • The Apostle Paul says the Church is being cleansed by the Word and Spirit of God, in order to be the Bride of Christ – Christ being the bridegroom/husband.
  • If the Bride (His Church) is walking after other “men”, having intimacy with the ways of the world – Corrupting herself with the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life[1], what will her Husband do?
  • For He is definitely a jealous husband!

 

Exodus 34:14 (NIV) Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.

 

Zechariah 8:2 (NIV) This is what the LORD Almighty says: “I am very jealous for Zion; I am burning with jealousy for her.”

 

The belly is the part of man where the rivers of living water is flowing from.  Also where God’s Spirit is searching for purity[2]

 

John 7:38 (KJV) He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

 

…and the womb speaks of the place where reproduction is taking place.

 

Psalm 127:3 (KJV) Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

 

If the Church’s (the woman) belly swells and her womb shrivels, then the river of life is not flowing anymore and there is no fruit to be found – no offspring, no spiritual children.

 

May we stay true to Christ.

May our Husband be able to trust us with His riches.

And may the living waters flow from us.

 

A good woman is hard to find,
   and worth far more than diamonds.
Her husband trusts her without reserve,
   and never has reason to regret it.
Never spiteful, she treats him generously
   all her life long. (Proverbs 31:10-12)
 

 


 

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[1] 1John 2:15-17

[2] Proverbs 20:27 (KJV)

About Edgar Phillips
Husband, Dad, Ordained Minister and Missionary who loves God, Pastoral & Functional Therapist, Imago Professional Facilitator, EFT practitioner.

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