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)