Origins of Jealousy

Jealousy – “resentment against a rival, a person enjoying success or advantage…”

Are we naturally inclined to think that others have it better than us?

Consider Adam & Eve who appear to have a jealousy problem when discussing the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The serpent cleverly proposes an alternative for Eve by first skillfully luring Eve away from her job (Cultivator & Preservationist Genesis 2:15-25). While enamored, the serpent suggests to her ‘you will not die if you eat the fruit’? Eve, just imagine being omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. Imagine being like God! Would you like to have God’s role? The serpent uses the handy device of jealousy to deal a devastating blow for the human race. Eve thought her desire to be like God would yield a favorable return, but the result was a broken relationship with God.

The sly proposal the serpent used in drawing Eve away from her duties is still cleverly used today by  magicians. If you have been able to visit a large US city you may have observe it in use along the sidewalks.  Magicians use distractions to attract the attention of the audience. While the audience is distracted and glued to the magicians performing hand (the disguise), the other hand doing the trick. After a few seconds, the magician draws the audience back to his/her other hand and kaboom the magic has happened. Obviously this is very simplistic, but most of us have been duped by a magician this way.  

So scary how jealousy continues to destroy us in 2007. This device, jealousy, will be the Achille’s heel to many Christians despite where they are, what they have, or the amount of influence. Man now knows he cannot be like God so we strive to be like others. Our failure to attain the personality, power, or things of those whom we are jealous of results in anger and jealousy. Unfortunately, this jealousy stems from pursuing the wrong target. Just like Eve, we are given tasks and our responsibility is to make the most of the particular position God has given us. Our eyes must not be on others!

‘Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith…’ Jealousy is a result of not being and doing what God designed you to do (Cultivator & Preservationist).  I end up in jealousy when distracted from being who God has called me to be and doing what God has called me to do.