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The Jealous God (Zech. 8:1-8)

Submitted by on Monday, 26 September 2011One Comment

Today’s Readings


  • Reading I:  Zechariah 8:1-8
  • Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 102
  • Gospel Reading: Luke 9:46-50

I am Jealous for Zion

Jealousy is used in the Scriptures in both a positive and a negative sense. When jealousyis used as an attribute of God, it is obviously used in a positive sense. Probably themost striking example of the anthropomorphic portrayal of God is in those passages wherehe is said to be jealous. The language is based upon the relationship of husband and wifeand is frequently associated with Israel’s unfaithfulness to God. [More from Bakers’ Dictionary: Jealousy]

See also this article entitled: I am a Jealous God

God is a jealous God. It is one of His attributes as God of the covenant. In Zechariah 8, God’s jealousy makes Him restore Jerusalem, which will be known as "the faithful city". Two images that Zechariah gives of a Jerusalem that is filled with life and secure in peace is that of old men and women sitting in the streets and playing girls and boys, on the one hand (4-5) and abundant harvests on the other (12).

The Greatest


"Whoever receives a child like this, receives me." The immediate conclusion that one draws from this is the identification of Jesus with those who cannot act on their own. Is this connected to this saying about his ‘betrayal’ into the powers of men? It is seems so, since the nuance of a betrayal, of being handed over to somebody else is that of utter helpless, much similar to that of a child. But there is more: receiving the child, is receiving Jesus; and receiving Jesus, in turn, is receiving the One who sent him.

Power and authority is no longer based on personal strength, but on helplessness. Jesus’ victory is placed within the perspective of his impending betrayal, where he himself will be rendered powerless. To accept an image of helplessness is receiving Jesus even in that moment of helplessness as he is betrayed, something that to men who were probably contemplating a new order where they can be "bosses" should rethink.

More from The Bible Journal

Zechariah 8:1-8
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1And the word of the Lord of hosts came to me, saying:
2Thus saith the Lord of hosts: I have been jealous for Sion with a great jealousy, and with a great indignation have I been jealous for her.
3Thus saith the Lord of hosts: I am returned to Sion, and I will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called The city of truth, and the mountain of the Lord of hosts, The sanctified mountain.
4Thus saith the Lord of hosts: There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem: and every man with his staff in his hand through multitude of days.
5And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls, playing in the streets thereof.
6Thus saith the Lord of hosts: If it seem hard in the eyes of the remnant of this people in those days: shall it be hard in my eyes, saith the Lord of hosts?
7Thus saith the Lord of hosts: Behold I will save my people from the land of the east, and from the land of the going down of the sun.
8And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God in truth and in justice.
Luke 9:46-50
View in: NAB NIV KJV NJB Vulg Greek
46And there entered a thought into them, which of them should be greater.
47But Jesus seeing the thoughts of their heart, took a child and set him by him,
48And said to them: Whosoever shall receive this child in my name, receiveth me; and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth him that sent me. For he that is the lesser among you all, he is the greater.
49And John, answering, said: Master, we saw a certain man casting out devils in thy name, and we forbade him, because he followeth not with us.
50And Jesus said to him: Forbid him not; for he that is not against you, is for you.

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  • I will rescue my people « Lectio Divina said:

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