Names of God

Day 15: Jealous God

In this Names of God reading plan, we are learning more about God by studying the names given to Him in Scripture. Rather than having our writers share their own reflections on these passages, we’ve instead provided research-rich content to aid in your study of each day’s featured name of God, including the background of the name(s), a brief explanation of the character of God emphasized by the name(s), and a reflection question to help you dig deeper into the text.


Jealous God

El Qanna (Hebrew)

Scripture Reading: Exodus 20:4-6, Exodus 34:10-16, Deuteronomy 4:23-24, Joshua 24:14-20, Nahum 1:1-6, 1 Corinthians 10:14-22


God called Himself a “jealous God” in Exodus 20 when He spoke to Moses at Mount Sinai. This name reminds us that God does not take lightly nor tolerate our wandering hearts. He alone is worthy of our worship and praise, and He will not share it with another.

Scripture presents God as jealous for His deity, His sovereignty, and His glory. Throughout the Old Testament, God uses this name to emphasize that He alone is God, and He alone is holy and worthy of our worship.


God’s right to be the only object of worship


What does this name teach me about God?