Jezebel: The Lost Queen

1 Kings 21:1-16

If Jezebel strolled into a boardroom today, she'd be hired in a heartbeat. Intelligent, courageous, and assertive, she was a born leader with considerable influence who boldly took on the competition and got things done.

When such a woman honors the Lord, great things can happen. But this pushy Phoenician princess worshiped Baal, a fertility god. Temple prostitution and child sacrifice were the order of the day. Murdering the prophets of Israel was business as usual. No wonder she's the Lady Macbeth of the Bible.

Nor was her hubby one of history's good guys. In fact, Ahab "did more evil in the eyes of the Lord than any of those before him" (1 Kings 16:30). Topping the list of Ahab's sins? He "married Jezebel … and began to serve Baal and worship him" (1 Kings 16:31). Politics, not romance, paired this nefarious couple.

The Steamrolling Spouse

With her sharp tongue, manipulative style, and misdirected devotion, Queen Jezebel is the perfect anti-role model. Imagine my dismay when I discovered a few similarities between her take-charge ways and my strong-natured self, especially when I studied Jezebel's relationship with her less-aggressive husband.

Consider the scene that unfolded in their private chambers at the palace. Ahab was "sullen and angry" because his neighbor Naboth wouldn't let Ahab buy his land to build a veggie garden. Miffed, Ahab "lay on his bed sulking and refused to eat" (1 Kings 21:4).

My husband, Bill, isn't prone to whining—that would be my specialty—but he is inclined to step back rather than take action. To ruminate rather than retaliate.

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