Women in the Bible III: Day

Jezebel: the power of a woman gone wrong

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Today's Text: 1 Kings 16:30-33, 1 Kings 18:1-6, 1 Kings 19:1-9, 1 Kings 21:1-34, 2 Kings 9:30-37, Ephesians 5:22-33

Text: 1 Kings 16:30-33, 1 Kings 18:1-6, 1 Kings 19:1-9, 1 Kings 21:1-34, 2 Kings 9:30-37, Ephesians 5:22-33

“A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown,
but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.”
(Proverbs 12:4 NIV)

No other woman in the Bible is quite as devoted to evil as Jezebel, wife of Ahab and queen of Israel. Coming from a pampered background, she was a reason God warned of intermarriage. She influenced Ahab in terrifying ways and, in return, caused many Israelites to stumble.

“There was never anyone like Ahab, who sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the Lord, urged on by Jezebel his wife.”
(1 Kings 21:25-26 NIV)

Jezebel was accustomed to having her own way at any price. We see no remorse or guilt from her no matter what she did. Here is a woman of great power. She had such incredible influence over her husband and kingdom, yet every act was out of hate and revenge. When Ahab was denied a plot of land by Naboth, he went home and threw a kingly temper tantrum. Jezebel encouraged him, and his weakness allowed for her to commit heinous acts on his behalf. (1 Kings 21:7 NIV)

As we read about Jezebel, we should keep in mind that she is the opposite of what we strive to be as Christian women (Ephesians 5:22-24). Beyond the fact that she is never submissive, never encouraging in anything but pain and her own glory, and usurps her husband’s leadership role at every chance – Jezebel preys on men’s weaknesses to fulfill her own selfish purposes. 

Jezebel’s pride in being able to control and manipulate the men around her led to her being used as a prime example of an ungodly wife – thousands of years later. This was never God’s plan for our lives, and undermining men (especially in a marriage) leads to nothing but dysfunction. Even if we are paired with an unbeliever, we are still to show them the love of Christ, not the love of self. Our role as partners in life, marriage, and work is to be women of Christ.

“Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives.”
(1 Peter 3:1 NIV)

  • Zipporah Jeremiah

    I give glory to the Lord for this devotion on Jazebel , it has helped me to take another look on my life and to access my attitude in life generally.Thank God for this community that has made it possible for me to read and know more about women in the Bible ,how they lived a life of service to God,their families and to the community they come from

  • mordo crosswords

    Impressive article.Now this help for you that we give this time jezebels idol following crossword puzzle clue.Jezebel put in the depiction the populace to veneration the representation. The predicament is not immediately deity except with the purpose of divinity has be replace. Baal was bring in and as good help.Thank you.

  • Praise God for delivering us from a Jezebel spirit! I am so thankful to our Lord and Savior that we can rest fully in His righteousness. Christ IN us the hope of glory. For all our righteousness is as filthy rags yet we are the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus our Lord. (Colossians 1:27, Isaiah 64:6, 2 Corinthians 5:21)

    I’m free today, we are free today, from self focus, an evil heart and a manipulating spirit because He has broken the power of sin and darkness.

    Now in all this we pursue righteousness (Jesus Himself) with a fierce devotion. Because we know, WE HAVE NOTHING without Him and no defense against selfishness apart from Him.

  • Gema Diaz

    I loved this devo on Jezebel. We are always encouraged to focus on Proverbs 31 woman in order to become like her everyday. However having an insight on Jezebel is a great so I know who not to become: prideful, deceiving, liar, manipulative etc. This devo encouraged me to reach down into my heart and make sure I wasn’t becoming in anyway like Jezebel.
    I love and thank God how he uses #shereadstruth to shine light on myself.
    This community has become a true blessing.

  • I am so glad Jezebel was one of the Women of the Bible that was chosen to highlight. I pray that everyone pays close attention to her behavior and the spirit in which she operates.

    A lot of times in the Church, Jezebel is identified by an outer appearance of clothing, jewelry, and/or heavy makeup. This could not be more misleading and far from the truth.

    We must be careful not to let this spirit creep into any facet of ministry in which we are involved. It is a very manipulative and seductive spirit that will quickly destroy the effectiveness of a ministry’s power if not all together kill it.

    As women we can be very influential vessels; please let us make sure that as we minister that we allow the Spirit of God to lead us. Let’s be agents of change that brings honor and glory to our Heavenly Father.

  • Lots of food for thought today…

    It rose up in my mind, loud and clear, that it is SO EASY to condem Jezebel and completely dismiss our own sins that are ‘lesser sins’ in our own minds… It follows along with how we occasionally point the finger at the wrongs of others, feeling, of course, very virtuous in comparison.

    Am I alone in this? I know that our ‘human nature’ is very strong and pushy, and personally, I have begun to train myself to ‘take captive’ thoughts like those that compare myself favorably against some other person’s sin.

    For now, I catch the thought just as quickly as I can, and the Spirit of Christ is faithfully helping me to identify them. I pray one day there won’t BE any thoughts of unfavorable comparison to ‘catch’!!

    Jezebel didn’t start out as the most evil and manipulative woman in all of scripture… She BECAME that way over the course of time by making wrong choice after wrong choice. She is a clear warning to us; a vivid example of what unrestrained selfishness can do when combined with unlimited power.

    Jesus designs all of us to be HIS servants, HIS friends, HIS followers. Jezebel is clearly the farthest thing from a friend of The Lord. But when we allow the smallest toe of the enemy to squeeze thru the crack in the door, it begins a process that seems harmless at first: little sins, tiny white lies, etc.; slowly those can grow in danger and power if left unchecked. We don’t become a Jezebel all at once… We BECOME her as we neglect to address the sin in our lives.

    It is a good thing to look at where we will end up if we allow a pushy, un-submitted heart to rule in our lives. It makes me want to be even more diligent in learning to hear the ‘still, small voice’ that will guide me right.

    Blessings to all of you, Sisters! Praying for Kaden and all of his family!!

  • This devo is a great reminder for me today especially that my husband is going through some challenges at work. It reminded me that what i say and do had an impact to help my husband or to cause more burdens to him at this moment. Sisters, I humbly ask for prayers for him. That Godmay give him strength in this process and Godly wisdom in every decisions that he has to make… i know that this is what God wants me to do while He is in the process of refining my husband to being the man that He wants him to be… to pray that he may cooperate with the Lord’s work in him…. thanks everyone and God bless!

    • Misce

      *sorry for so many typos, I was using my phone when I posted it.. "..and do *have" "every *decision"
      Thanks and God bless Sisters! :)

  • Carolynmimi

    Jezebel reminds me of the power women have for good or for evil influence. It also reminds me to check my motives anytime I am advising my husband. I may not plot murder and idolatry but am I being selfish, self seeking, or malicious. I agree with JuneBug, purge any "Jezebel" in me, Lord.

    Also, still praying for Kaden and his family.

  • I love this word today Diana. Lord, purge any "Jezebel" found in me!

    I'm still praying for sweet baby Kaden and for your whole family! So glad that yesterday went smoother for you than expected. God is in these moments. Lots of love!

  • The Lord has taught me that when we submit to Him and to our husbands, our husbands want to do what they can to make us happy. Also when we submit to them, if something goes wrong with the decision they've made we don't have to feel responsible. In our submission to our husbands the Lord has taken a lot of pressure off us women as we trust Him.

    Lord, give my husband wisdom and insight into your ways and purposes and help me to submit to him as I lean on and trust you.

  • jesusgirl71

    I just had to share this. As I was reading this, my husband came in and just started takling, takling, talking about nothing real important. I did'nt say anything, but in my heart I got irritated because he knows I do my devotionals at this time. wow! do I sometimes really need an attitude adjustment!

  • Also diana I’m also praying for you and family to be encouraged during this season of change. God is able to do exceedily abundantly above we can ask or think. Praying for baby kaden that God gets all the Glory

  • Wow. Jezebeel is definately a example of what not do or someone to look up to. Major difference from humble abigail to rebellious Jezebel. The Lord knew what He was doing when he made husbands to be head of the home. We women can sometimes be very influentual and that can cause our husbands to be led astray or deceived. Many examples of the bible prove it. Samson and deliah,david and bathsheba,solomon and his foreign wives,ahab and jezebel and then from the beginning adam and eve. Lord help me and all women to be a postive impact on our husbands and not a stumbling block. I want to be more like sara,abigail etc who were humble to there lord and The Lord:-)

  • mamajudes

    We need to be aware of stories in the Bible like this that warn us what happens to people who walk in their flesh and let 'self' control. Our human nature is bent on 'me' and satisfying our selfish desires. I am so thankful for the Holy Spirit that convicts us, God's word that guides us, and the blood of Jesus that was shed for our forgiveness. We do not have to walk in 'self' anymore! Thank you Lord.

  • Anne Horyza

    Amen.. fill me Lord.. with thy love.. and rid me of
    All pride and selfishness.

  • Amen. I know a few women who have done this in the past, and have in turn, hurt their families and the people around them. Lord, help me, even in my most fleshly today, to seek your face and your love.

  • I couldn’t help but notice that Diana’s name is up with today’s devo and I’m guessing she wrote it awhile ago.

    If you get to read this sometime, Diana, I’m praying for you, your husband and baby Kaden in this trying time. That God will heal his little heart

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