JEZEBEL : 3 Biblical Lessons

JEZEBEL.

The woman who’s evil reputation is known even outside of Bible believing groups and churches.

If you haven’t read up on this evil Queen then I implore you to read 1 & 2 Kings.

Girlfriend seemed to master the job of angering God.

When Jezebel married Ahab, she influenced him to worship Baal, a nature god. As a woman seeking more power, she sought to destroy those who questioned her and most of the prophets of Yahweh were murdered at her request. These evil and tyrannical works motivated the righteous vengeance of Elijah who correctly predicted the encounter of a severe drought as divine retribution against Jezebel. Elijah later had the Baal priests killed after they had failed in a contest with him to see which God would answer their prayers to inflame a bull offering, Baal or Yahweh. When Jezebel learned of the killing, she furiously vowed to have Elijah killed, forcing him to flee for his life (I Kings 18:19–19:3).

Another cruel act credited to Jezebel is written in I Kings 21:5–16. Next to Ahab’s dwelling was a vineyard, which he envied and desired. It was owned by a civilian, Naboth of Jezreel. When Naboth declined to part with his vineyard as “the inheritance of my fathers” and Jezebel falsely accused him with cursing “God and the king,” which resulted in Naboth’s death by stoning. Elijah faced Ahab in the vineyard, prophesying that he and all his successors would be slain and that dogs would devour Jezebel.

(-BibleStudyTools.com)

In Revelation, Jesus talks about Jezebel. Revelation 2:18 and on. Please read.

So what 3 lessons can we learn from the evil Queen?

  1. GOD IS GOD. YOU ARE NOT. Sisters, we struggle with this. So many of us (MYSELF included) have been guilty of having SELFIE-MODE turned on. We are in the drivers seat of our life and we treat God as a co-passenger. Jezebel was power hungry and worshipped false gods. We may not have physical idols that we worship instead of Yahweh but we do have idols that we put before the Lord. Even good things can become idols. Our spouses, our children, our ministries, our dreams, our careers, our finances, our looks…all these things can take lordship in our lives. WE MUST EXAMINE OURSELVES AND REPENT OF ALL “SELF-SERVING” behaviors and practices. I am not referring to self-care practices  like going to the gym, getting a massage, or getting manicures. I am referring to the elevation of SELF over CHRIST. We are commanded to DIE to self and put on Jesus. “For you died and your life is now HIDDEN with Christ in God. Put to DEATH therefore WHATEVER BELONGS TO YOUR EARTHLY NATURE.” – Colossians 3:3-5. “You USED to walk in these ways, IN THE LIFE YOU ONCE LIVED. But NOW YOU MUST RID YOURSELVES OF ALL SUCH THINGS AS THESE: (he lists sins, please read for yourself. You should always have your Bible out and checking whatever anyone is teaching.) Colossians 3:7-9. “You were taught, with regard to your FORMER WAY OF LIFE, to put OFF YOUR OLD SELF, which is being corrupted by it’s deceitful desires; to be made NEW in the attitudes of your minds and to PUT ON THE NEW SELF, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24. Ephesians goes on to tell us to be filled with the Spirit and be careful how we live. We cannot be true Christians if we are not studying and obeying God’s Word. And God’s Word tells us that as Christians we are no longer a slave to sin but made new in Jesus. Our SELF must submit to God. He must be first. Nothing can come in between us and Him. Let us all be examining and discerning if there are any idols in our lives that we need to remove and repent from.
  2. SEXUAL IMMORALITY IS SERIOUS. Jezebel was a seducer!!!! Did you read 1 & 2 Kings yet? Did you read the Revelation passage? Sexual Immorality is sometimes referred to as having the “The Jezebel Spirit.” As a woman who has struggled with sexual sin, this one hits close to home.

There are two incidents in the life of Jezebel that characterize her and may define what is meant by the “Jezebel spirit.” One trait is her obsessive passion for domineering and controlling others, especially in the spiritual realm. When she became queen, she began a relentless campaign to rid Israel of all evidences of Yahweh worship. She ordered the extermination of all the prophets of the Lord (1 Kings 18:4, 13) and replaced their altars with those of Baal. Her strongest enemy was Elijah, who demanded a contest on Mount Carmel between the powers of Israel’s God and the powers of Jezebel and the priests of Baal (1 Kings 18). Of course, God won, but despite hearing of the miraculous powers of the Lord, Jezebel refused to repent and swore on her gods that she would pursue Elijah relentlessly and take his life. Her stubborn refusal to see and submit to the power of the living God would lead her to a hideous end (2 Kings 9:29–37).

The second incident involves a righteous man named Naboth who refused to sell to Ahab land adjoining the palace, rightly declaring that to sell his inheritance would be against the Lord’s command (1 Kings 21:3; Leviticus 25:23). While Ahab sulked and fumed on his bed, Jezebel taunted and ridiculed him for his weakness, then proceeded to have the innocent Naboth framed and stoned to death. Naboth’s sons were also stoned to death, so there would be no heirs, and the land would revert to the possession of the king. Such a single-minded determination to have one’s way, no matter who is destroyed in the process, is a characteristic of the Jezebel spirit.

So infamous was Jezebel’s sexual immorality and idol worship that the Lord Jesus Himself refers to her in a warning to the church at Thyatira (Revelation 2:18-29). Most likely referring to a woman in the church who influenced it the same way Jezebel influenced Israel into idolatry and sexual immorality, Jesus declares to the Thyatirans that she is not to be tolerated. Whoever this woman was, like Jezebel, she refused to repent of her immorality and her false teaching, and her fate was sealed. The Lord Jesus cast her onto a sick bed, along with those who committed idolatry with her. The end for those who succumb to a Jezebel spirit is always death and destruction, both in the physical and the spiritual sense.

Perhaps the best way to define the Jezebel spirit is to say it characterizes anyone who acts in the same manner as Jezebel did, engaging in immorality, idolatry, false teaching and unrepentant sin. To go beyond that is to engage in conjecture and can possibly lead to false accusations and divisiveness within the body of Christ. – GOTQUESTIONS.org

If you click on the image above it’ll take you to a post I wrote about dealing with sexual sin.

Sexual Immorality is so serious to the Lord, it’s talked about over and over and over again. In my Bible, I have marked over 80 verses referring to sexual sin and having it purged out of your life. I am sure there are more! We must have NOTHING to do with even a HINT of sexual immorality.

“But among you there must not even be a HINT of sexual immorality or any kind of impurity…” -Ephesians 5:3 Are you reading along…Do you see that he continues and says that no such person will enter the kingdom of Heaven. Did you read what else was in that last, alongside Sexual Immorality?

So, you may be thinking about some of the shows and movies you watch…yes, it’s not worth it friends. CUT OUT ALL SIN, even hints of it. I GET IT. It’s easier said than done but we must start seeing SIN how God sees it. Not how Hollywood has brainwashed us to see it and be numb to it.

3. SELF-PROCLAIMED PROPHET Revelation 2 again. This Jezebel was a self-proclaimed prophet. SELF-PROCLAIMED. Please sisters be careful what you’re teaching. This is incredibly dangerous. Not only was she a false prophet and is condemned by Jesus for it, she LED OTHER’S ASTRAY!!!!!! Look at verse 24 “to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned SATAN’S SO-CALLED DEEP SECRETS…” Satan’s so-called deep secrets? What does this mean? Two explanations of ‘the deep things of Satan’ are widely held: (1) that the phrase is an ironical retort to the claims of Jezebel’s followers to esoteric knowledge of ‘the deep things of God’; (2) that the opposition actually boasted of a knowledge of ‘the deep things of Satan’, saying that the spiritual man should experience all evil to demonstrate his superiority over it.” -BibleStudyTools commentary. It is VITAL that we know the Word of God well so that we will not be easily deceived by false teachers and false doctrines. And so that we’re not guilty of teaching false things as well. SELF-PROCLAIMED….Sisters, prophets in the Bible were not SELF-PROCLAIMED, they were chosen and ordained by the Lord for the position. They practiced humility.

What, then, are the marks of a true prophet of God? The Bible shows that the rising-of-false- prophets phenomenon is not unique to contemporary Christianity. It had already manifested itself among the people of Israel in the days of Jeremiah (Jer. 14:14). Jeremiah’s contemporaries were instructed to use the filter of fulfilled prophecies as a test for a genuine prophet: “But the prophet who prophesies peace will be recognized as one truly sent by the Lord only if his prediction comes true” (Jer. 28:9; see Deut. 18:21, 22). -AdventistWorld 

I have other resources on my blog as to why true prophets are no longer in existence today but for the sake of this post, please take the lesson away that we need to be in the Word, studying it, and obeying it!!! Anyone teaching the Bible needs to be seen through the eyes of the Bible. Supernatural Experiences do not define Scripture. Scripture must define all experiences.

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU’RE PROCLAIMING SISTERS AND WHEN YOU ARE TEACHING SOUND BIBLICAL DOCTRINE, DO IT BOLDLY AND IN LOVE.