We’re getting quite a look at a queen more wicked than Snow White’s stepmom and more evil than Maleficent. So, grab your cup because just as the Disney queens inevitably met their ends, Jezebel’s demise is rather…gruesome.
After Jezebel had acquired the vineyard for Ahab using devious and murderous methods, the Lord sent Elijah to talk to Ahab, once again condemning his actions.
“Say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Have you not murdered a man and seized his property?’… In the place where dogs licked up Naboth’s blood, dogs will lick up your blood—yes, yours! … I am going to bring disaster on you. I will consume your descendants and cut off from Ahab every last male in Israel—slave or free.” (1 Ki 21:19-21)
But wait, there’s more. Elijah also tells Ahab,
“And also concerning Jezebel the Lord says: ‘Dogs will devour Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.” (1 Ki 21:23)
Gross. God was seriously not happy with her! I mean, dogs are going to lick Ahab’s blood and He’s going to bring destruction on Ahab’s entire line and family, but dogs are going to chow down on Jezebel.
And just as the Lord promised, Ahab was killed in battle (ironically he was disguised so he wouldn’t be recognized and targeted…ha! Didn’t work out so well!) After his body was brought to Samaria, they washed his chariot in a pool and yes, dogs licked up his blood. Blech.
But let’s get back to our wicked queen and fast forward a bit. Her husband is dead, but her son is now on the throne and she’s still trying to wield her power. But, her time has come. Oh my, how it has come.
Jehu, the son of Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, goes to Jezreel, where Jezebel’s living. I love this next part. Her enemy has arrived, so what does she do? She puts make up on. For real: “she painted her eyes, arranged her hair, and looked out the window.” (2 Ki 9:30) Gotta look one’s best! Maybe if she can cover those dark circles under her eyes it’ll mask all of the evil she’s committed. Perhaps if her hair’s flyaways are smoothed, the sneer on her lips might be masked. Perhaps if she’s just a little prettier, it’ll hide the ugliness in her heart. Oh, Jezebel, even if that were true, don’t you know you can’t hide what’s in your heart from the Lord?
Once she’s ready to make her royal appearance, she looks out the window and starts tossing out insults. Yep, the makeup hasn’t hidden her sharp tongue. But the best part of it is that Jehu pretty much ignores her and shouts up to the servants standing with her, “Who is on my side? Who?” (2 Ki 9:32)
This got the attention of two or three eunuchs, they glanced down at him in affirmation, no hesitating. Clearly she hadn’t won the love and respect of her servants.
“ ‘Throw her down!’ Jehu said. So they threw her down, and some of her blood spattered the wall and the horses as they trampled her underfoot.” (2 Ki 9: 33)
Ick. Who’s ready for lunch? Nothing for me, please, but there was nothing wrong with Jehu’s appetite. In fact, he went in and ate and drank. Then it occurred to him that they should probably bury Jezebel, she was quite a mess out front. But by the time they went outside, all that was left of her were her skull, her hands and her feet.
The dogs were well fed that day. Well, we knew that was coming, didn’t we?
“This is the word of the Lord that he spoke through his servant Elijah the Tishbite: On the plot of ground at Jezreel dogs will devour Jezebel’s flesh. Jezebel’s body will be like refuse on the ground in the plot at Jezreel, so that no one will be able to say, ‘This is Jezebel.’” (2 Ki 9:37)
And that was the end of Jezebel, a most wicked and evil queen.
(1 Kings 16, 18, 21 & 2 Kings 9)