The story of Jezebel
Where do I even begin?
For so it was, while Jezebel massacred the prophets of the LORD…1 Kings 18.4a
Jezebel was the daughter of the king of Sidon, which was a pagan country committed to the worship of Baal, including the sacrificing of young children by their parents to the god. Jezebel was a devout follower of Baal.
She married Ahab and converted him to Baal’ism, and, Ahab was an active participant with his wife in her efforts to make Baal the god of Israel.
Jezebel, an opponent of God
She had one goal in mind – to eradicate all of God’s prophets in Israel. Not only the prophets but, also all who worshiped Jehovah God. Her main campaign? Total extermination of God’s men and the prophet Elijah.
She exercised dominance over her husband, Ahab, king of Israel who reigned over Israel in Samaria for twenty-two years.
Now, Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD, more than all kings who were before him. 1 Kings 16.30
Once they were married Ahab became a Baal’ist and went so far as setting up an altar for Baal in a temple in Samaria.
The God of Israel was greatly provoked to anger.
Jezebel and Elijah
She loathed Elijah, the prophet of God and, was determined to see him killed. Elijah ran for his life (1 Kings 19.3).
God restored Elijah and spoke a word of prophecy to him concerning Jezebel…
The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel. (1 Kings 21.23)
Jezebel stirred the pot
Ladies, within the sight of these words, oh be careful how we treat our husbands! We can wield our power toward good or evil – I know because I’m guilty of both.
But there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do wickedness in the sight of the LORD, because Jezebel his wife stirred him up. 1 Kings 21.25
Once God says it – count it as done
The Biblical account of evil king Ahab and his wicked wife Jezebel is written up between 1 Kings 16.29 through 2 Kings 10.17, and the story is not pretty. Everything that God said would happen to them? Happened.
Ahab died in battle. (1 Kings 22.29-40)
The dogs licked his blood. (1 Kings 22.38)
Jezebel died a violent death and the dogs ate every part of her except her skull, feet, and the palms of her hands. (2 Kings 9.30-37)
Ahab’s entire family was killed. (2 Kings 10)
What can we learn from Jezebel?
All the things not to do! There is no doubt Jezebel was a strong woman but she used her strength in the most wicked of ways. From that we can learn that our strengths and gifts are from the Lord therefore, are to be used to glorify Him only. We want to build up, NOT tear down.
Jezebel’s very name is synonymous with a woman of very low morals and character. For instance, have you ever heard the term, the spirit of Jezebel? I have and it is NOT a good thing. Jezebel left a legacy of evil. What legacy am I, are you, leaving for those who come after us?
There was no good thing said of Jezebel.