“I can do bad by myself,” was the mantra for men who played the game of love and lost. I remember this blues song hitting the charts, by blues artist; Jesse James. I always felt it was an anthem for those who lost love, and hadn’t the potential to get it back, or even attempt to go on with their lives and pride in tact. Love is not always what a song on the jukebox, back then, made it out to be. Love is not always, “blue, everlasting, secret, distant,” or limited to a certain day of the week; “Saturday Love,” for instance. This song would echo through those, what we called back then, “hole in the wall”or“ "joints", as inebriated patrons sulked over cheap wine, and bitter beer. I can still faintly smell that stale and smoke infested booth, or better still, hear the profanity and “near brawls,” or the limited laughs which echoed down the urine infested sidewalks. Every corner of any given building gave way to whatever law-breaking activity one could conjure up. Despite the original purpose of hanging out, that being to have harmless fun, someone would always exploit the gaiety with a meaningless argument over, “looking at my woman” or “dancing to close to my man…” There goes the night, and jealousy; an uninvited guest, once again crashes the evening with fights, stabbings, shootings or worse. Love in any setting, has an entourage of connotations, if used irresponsibly.
God or Yahweh in the Old Testament Bible, described Himself as a “jealous God.” The divine purpose for God’s unrelenting jealousy was to dissuade the children of Israel from worshipping other gods, and prove their allegiance to the “only wise God,” (Ex 20:5, Jud 1:25). Though pagan worship was an accepted practice in those pre-Messiah regions, God knew of its demonic preface and horrific consequences. As with humankind, we all have innate abilities or characteristics; jealousy being one in particular, which has a life of its own if not monitored or critiqued. Parents may note this trait during sibling rivalry for parental attention, or even educational leaders notice such inherent showcases during competitive activities among, teammates, or in some cases, parents. So the question we all might ponder at this point; “is jealousy acceptable behavior?”
Actually, jealousy has various synonyms which may be applicable when an individual has a clear and concise understanding of the root of its origin. Traditionally, jealousy was by all means, the description of a zealous tyrant who felt the need to overtake a certain tribe, village, province or country, and claim ownership, or ram shack the various areas which contained riches and then, the army of thieves, pirates or otherwise would flee. As with most individuals who possess a kindred spirit opposite of God’s intent, have a tendency of fleeing after the damage is done, emotions are compromised, and lives are forever changed; sadly. I will admit, couples, be it married or single, may possess a certain level of jealousy. This characteristic may be acceptable to an extent, if used to confirm adoration for ones’ mate, or to “shoo” off individuals who are masters of deception and “drama,” but more so this “spirit of jealousy” is an undesirable guest, and if left unattended, the repercussions can be devastating, (Num 5:14, 15). God is a jealous and loving God; full of adoration, zealousness to bless our lives with love, wellness and Eternal life. Who wouldn’t love a jealous lover like Jesus?