The Deadly Power of Jealousy and Rage
“17) But the high priest rose up, along with all his associates (that is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with jealousy… 33) But when they heard this, they were cut to the quick and intended to kill them.” Acts‬ ‭5‬:‭17‬, ‭33‬ ‭
I am taking a big step by tying two verses together. Notice that jealousy can feed anger, rage and death. This text became predictable back in verse 17 when the high priest and his associates were filled with jealousy.
Listen to what James said about the subject; “14) But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. 15) This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. 16) For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.” James‬ ‭3‬:‭14‬-‭16‬
I have seen many carnal meetings among believers reflect these verses. I have seen spouses driven by fits of jealousy and rage. Those led by the flesh cannot produce the fruit of the Spirit. The chief priest was out of control as were his associates. He was being demonically driven.
By contrast, the apostles were calm and calculated. They reflected the next two verses in James 3. Listen to these verses; “17) But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. 18) And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”
Beware lest jealousy takes root in your heart. It will drive you to terrible conclusions. Many incarcerated people are spending life in prison because of fits of jealousy and rage. If you have a jealousy and anger issue, you are in need of a personal encounter with Jesus Christ and His Spirit.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global