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In the Gospels we read of the Jews in Jerusalem rejecting Christ out of envy. The record in Acts is of the Jews in many other places also rejecting the good news about Jesus because of their jealousy. Jealousy is a theme in the book of Acts, but you could miss it if you aren’t paying attention. Some of the Jews are excited at first, and some believe and are added to the number of the church. But overall the Jews are jealous of the success the apostles have in proclaiming the gospel. 

Last week we read in Acts 5, the high priest and his associates are filled with jealousy of the apostles’ miracles of healing and the spiritual fruit of people listening to their teaching about Jesus. This week we have two more verses about similar jealousy:

But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began contradicting the things spoken by Paul, and were blaspheming. (Acts 13:45)

But the Jews, becoming jealous and taking along some wicked men from the market place, formed a mob and set the city in an uproar; and attacking the house of Jason, they were seeking to bring them out to the people. (Acts 17:5)

The consequences of jealousy are terrible. We are immediately ready to fight our brothers when we are jealous of them, even if it means opposing their gospel ministry. What a poison this is. Let us guard our hearts against jealousy, remembering that God gets all the glory.


The LORD said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for Me to give Midian into their hands, for Israel would become boastful, saying, ‘My own power has delivered me.’”
—Judges 7:2


  • Adoration – The Lord has done the impossible! He has saved us from our sin, with no help from us.
  • Confession – But we still want glory for ourselves.
  • Thanksgiving – Thank God, He resists the proud.
  • Supplication – Help us to be humble, Lord.

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This post by Joseph Bayly

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