Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 9-10
Today’s Reflection: 2 Kings 9:30-35
30) When Jehu came to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it. And she painted her eyes and adorned her head and looked out of the window. 31) And as Jehu entered the gate, she said, “Is it peace, you Zimri, murderer of your master?” 32) And he lifted up his face to the window and said, “Who is on my side? Who?” Two or three eunuchs looked out at him. 33) He said, “Throw her down.” So they threw her down. And some of her blood spattered on the wall and on the horses, and they trampled on her. 34) Then he went in and ate and drank. And he said, “See now to this cursed woman and bury her, for she is a king’s daughter.” 35) But when they went to bury her, they found no more of her than the skull and the feet and the palms of her hands.
Background: King Ahab was the most evil king in Israel’s history, but it was Jezebel his wife who was behind much of his wickedness (1 Kings 21:25). Jezebel, daughter of a pagan king of Tyre and Sidon, is the most notorious woman in Bible history. She is probably best known for her elaborate make-up and her idolatry. But what truly marked Jezebel as evil was her open and deliberate defiance of God. When God’s prophet Elijah proclaimed there would be no rain because of Israel’s idol worship, the 3 year long drought that followed should have been a clear indication of which God was real (1 Kings 17:1)—especially given that Baal, the idol Jezebel worshipped, was supposed to have power over rain. When God’s prophet Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal, God provided clear evidence both of His existence and His power by raining fire from heaven (1 Kings 18:30-40). If there was a time to acknowledge God, it was after this. Instead she issued a death threat against Elijah, thus defying God even though she could no longer deny His power or authority.
The Last Straw: The depths of Jezebel’s wickedness finally reached a point God could no longer tolerate with her murder of Naboth. Naboth had owned a vineyard King Ahab desired but refused to sell. Naboth respected the fact that this land was a God-given heritage passed from his father to him and to be passed on to his sons. This depressed Ahab, so Jezebel arranged for Naboth to be accused for blasphemy and executed. Perhaps it was the wickedness of Israel’s royal family murdering for a piece of land (presumably, being the royal family, they already had ample lands to spare), or perhaps it was God’s response to the horrific irony of murdering a man for his faith by framing him for blasphemy, but it was at this point God sealed Jezebel’s fate sentencing her to a horrific death.
1 Kings 21:23 – And of Jezebel the LORD also said, ‘The dogs shall eat Jezebel within the walls of Jezreel.’
The Lesson: It is one thing to be ignorant of God and disobey His word. It is quite another to have no reason to doubt God’s existence, power or authority and to still openly defy Him. No one can escape God. Either man repents and is captured by God’s grace, mercy and salvation, or man continues to defy God and is conquered by His justice.
Psalm 53:1-5 – 1) The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity; there is none who does good. 2) God looks down from heaven on the children of man to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. 3) They have all fallen away; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one. 4) Have those who work evil no knowledge, who eat up my people as they eat bread, and do not call upon God? 5) There they are, in great terror, where there is no terror! For God scatters the bones of him who encamps against you; you put them to shame, for God has rejected them.