A few months ago I had found something while studying that impacted me, and I found that it related to Mark’s teaching during February Core about the Father being jealous for his own name. I apologize for the delay, but I finally had a chance to gather my thoughts to share with you all. I believe this confirms what Mark had shared, as well as creates an opportunity for deeper understanding, I hope you all benefit from this as I did.
At the time, I had been studying the names that God uses for Himself throughout the Bible, particularly in the Old Testament.
In my search I found a Hebrew word “Qanna,” and this is actually a word specifically for God’s jealousy. To me this means that God has a type of jealousy that is unique to Him, a holy jealousy that is different than the jealousy I experience. In fact, in Exodus 34:14 it says “for you shall not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.”
The word they are using is Qanna–His name is Qanna.
The definition of Qanna reads: “God not bearing any rival” and “the severe avenger of departure from himself.”
Qanna is a specific jealousy that is reserved for Him alone to describe His holiness and righteous anger in seeking our whole hearts.
This tells me so much about our Father. First of all, that not only does He experience jealousy, but that He would identify so intimately with this word that He would say “My name is Qanna.” God reserves the right to pursue us with intensity and vengeance when we stray. In our covenant with Him, He has sole rights to our worship, and He will not allow us to bring any rivals into our relationship.
This could easily be a scary thing when we read: “for the LORD your God in the midst of you is a qanna God; otherwise the anger of the LORD your God will be kindled against you, and He will wipe you off the face of the earth.” (Deu 6:15)
It could be alarming to imagine God wiping me off the face of the planet, until I remember that this is love and compassion. His jealousy pursues me to allow reunification, and if I allow the worship of other things into my heart, the natural consequence is death. The Father does not need to bring any consequence. When I turn my heart from Him, I am bringing punishment onto myself. His jealous love is what rescues me. I can experience His jealousy as love, because He desires what is best for me: to worship only Him.
I can also experience such intense and fierce love in this aspect of the Father; He is a husband who so loves and cherishes me, that He desires me with consuming fire.
In reflecting on what Mark shared with the family, I hope we can soak this in, this aspect of our Father that He is bringing to us. Allow new and deeper understanding, a new understanding of God, and a new understanding of Jealousy. We have a tendency to shy away from these aspects of the Father, but each facet of His personality brings something so unique and vital; and each aspect of His personality is love.
I see this as an opportunity in the coming weeks and months to devote ourselves, to allow His qanna to permeate us and bring to our attention to areas where as a family and as individuals we have allowed distance and distraction and idols. I pray that we all experience the Father’s jealousy for us, and it brings up in us a desire to devote ourselves to Him. That our identities and our doings would be sourced in hHim, and He would receive the honor. That our gatherings would be singularly focused on the Father, and our worship would be worthy of Him. That the consuming fire of His jealousy would burn away our worship of anything that is not him. As it says in Deuteronomy 4:23, let us never forget the covenant God made with each of us, may our hearts be pure, and when we stray may his severe vengeance bring us back to him.
Here is a list of references for where Qanna is used in the Bible:
Exodus 34:14 for you shall not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God—
Deu 4:23 So watch yourselves, that you do not forget the covenant of the LORD your God which He made with you, and make for yourselves a graven image in the form of anything against which the LORD your God has commanded you.
Deu 4:24 For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.
Deu 6:13 You shall fear only the LORD your God; and you shall worship Him and swear by His name.
Deu 6:14 You shall not follow other gods, any of the gods of the peoples who surround you,