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The intense and protective commitment of God to his people and to his purposes which seeks a passionate and obedient response. The zeal of God is often linked with the idea of the “jealousy of God”, in which God refuses to contemplate his people giving their allegiance or affection to another.

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God in his zeal demands exclusive loyalty from his people

The jealousy of God implies that he seeks for and insists on exclusive loyalty which is due to him and which will benefit those who give it.
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God’s zeal for the honour of his name

Isaiah 42:8 NASB95
“I am the Lord, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, Nor My praise to graven images.
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God’s zeal on behalf of his people

Zechariah 1:14 NASB95
So the angel who was speaking with me said to me, “Proclaim, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, “I am exceedingly jealous for Jerusalem and Zion.
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God’s zeal to establish the Messiah’s reign

Isaiah 9:7 NASB95
There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.

God’s zeal is aroused by his people’s idolatry

Deuteronomy 32:16 NASB95
“They made Him jealous with strange gods; With abominations they provoked Him to anger.
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God’s zeal in judgment

He judges the nations

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He restrains his zeal in judgment

Ezekiel 16:42 NASB95
“So I will calm My fury against you and My jealousy will depart from you, and I will be pacified and angry no more.
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God’s people appeal for his zeal to be shown

Isaiah 63:15 NASB95
Look down from heaven and see from Your holy and glorious habitation; Where are Your zeal and Your mighty deeds? The stirrings of Your heart and Your compassion are restrained toward me.
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God’s people reflect his zeal

Numbers 25:11–13 NASB95
“Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned away My wrath from the sons of Israel in that he was jealous with My jealousy among them, so that I did not destroy the sons of Israel in My jealousy. “Therefore say, ‘Behold, I give him My covenant of peace; and it shall be for him and his descendants after him, a covenant of a perpetual priesthood, because he was jealous for his God and made atonement for the sons of Israel.’ ”
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