Grab your cup of caffeinated liquid heaven and get ready to get bad…bad to the bone….bababa-bad.
Well, we’re not actually going bad, but we’re going to look at one of the baddest girls in the Bible. Jezebel.
Oh, she was wicked. And not as in “wicked” awesome but just plain wicked.
Jezebel was the daughter of Ethbaal, the king of Phoenicia. She was a worshiper of Baal of Tyre just like her father. Her marriage to King Ahab was a political alliance between Tyre and Israel. Ahab was evil, so evil listen to how he was described, “Ahab son of Omri did more evil in the eyes of the Lord than any of those before him.” (1 Ki 16: 30)
Nice, huh? How about this…
“Ahab…did more to arouse the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel, than did all the kings of Israel before him.” (1 Ki 16:33)
Ahab was an bad dude and his marriage…Jezebel…did not help. Her influence over him…was significant. The king of God’s people allowed his wife to bring with her a false god, and the he even set up a temple for Baal.
In fact, his very marriage to Jezebel was evil in the eyes of the Lord. “He not only considered it trivial to commit the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, but he also married Jezebel daughter of Ethbaal king of Sidonians, and began to serve Baal and worship him.” (1 Ki 16:31)
Are we getting this? Ahab was evil, but his evil was made greater with his marriage to this wicked woman, Jezebel. Think wives don’t have a powerful influence on their husbands? Think again. And we’re just getting started. It gets worse.
(1 Kings 16, 18, 21 & 2 Kings 9)