Have you ever met a truly evil person, someone so depraved you shudder just thinking of them? What effect did that person have on those around them? What eventually happened to them?
In today’s episode of All God’s Women we look at Jezebel, a woman so vile she’s forever known as the wickedest woman to ever live. So what did she do to gain such a reputation?
Jezebel was the wife of Ahab who was king of Israel for twenty two years. Ahab was the son of Omni, an evil king, but Ahab was even worse.
I love how we’re introduced to Jezebel in 1 Kings 16:31.
“And it came to pass, as though it had been a trivial thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took as wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Sidonians; and he went and served Baal and worshiped him.”
As if he weren’t evil enough on his own, he married Jezebel and then he served Baal. Ethbaal was not only king of the Sidonians but also a Baal priest. Jezebel had been raised in the vilest of Baal worship and brought her religious zeal to Ahab and Israel. She installed four hundred and fifty Baal prophets at the temple and four hundred prophets of Asherah, the female companion of Baal, to live in her palace.
1 Kings 16, 18, 19, 21
2 kings 9
Bible Study Review
- Who was Jezebel married to?
- Who did Jezebel worship?
- How did Jezebel feel about Elijah?
Thoughts to Ponder
- How did Jezebel’s family mold her into who she was?
- What might have happened had Ahab stood up to Jezebel?
- What affect did Jezebel have on Israel?
- How are you like/unlike Jezebel?
- Do you ever dominate over your husband?
- How do you respond when things don’t turn out the way you expected?
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