Jezebel Part 3: Giving the Gift of Murder

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We’re back with Jezebel – a wicked woman and a very sore loser.  Oh, I need some coffee.

Let’s take a look at another instance of her sweet nature.

There was a vineyard near Ahab’s palace. Ahab liked it and wanted it for a vegetable garden. (Sounds like a joke, right? He wants it for a vegetable garden? Check out the Bible – it’s for real!)  But he got turned down by Naboth, the man who owned the vineyard. So, like anyone who doesn’t get what they want, he ran home and sulked on his bed and refused to eat. (I think I have a couple of boys who that might do something like that.)

Sweet wife, Jezebel, comes in and ever so obnoxiously and rudely (my adjectives) asks him why he’s so sullen and why he won’t eat. So he whines about how he’s not getting what he wants. (Again, so similar to my 5 year old. And 3 year old. )

I picture a grown man, in royal robes and crown, kicking his legs and flailing his arms on his bed throwing a royal tantrum because he’s not getting what he wants, while Jezebel stands over him, arms on her hips and rolling her eyes. Are ya with me?

Being the supportive wife that she is, she asks sarcastically, “Is this how you act as king over Israel? Get up and eat! Cheer up. I’ll get you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.” (1 Ki 21:6) What a nice combo of mocking and emasculating him all at once. Sick and tired of his whining, she’s going to do what he failed to do and she’s not going to let him forget it. So Jez hatches a plan involving lies, deceit, manipulation, murder, you name it, it’s there!

Jez writes a letter plotting the murder of Naboth using thugs and false accusations.  Sure enough, Naboth was accused (falsely) of cursing both God and the king, so he was taken outside the city and stoned to death. And now, the vineyard was free for the taking.

All because of the evil queen’s plotting and scheming, and her wicked hardened heart. She loved exerting her power over her husband and also showing her power to all of Israel. Power, influence and control were Jezebel’s values and priorities.  She was a strong woman no doubt, strong…and so very evil.

(1 Kings 16, 18, 21 & 2 Kings 9)

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