“Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not your life as the life of one of them by this time tomorrow.” 1 Kings 19:2 Amplified
Oh Jezebel, our woman of the Bible for today. She was a bad one. It might be safe to say that she was the model for the wicked witch of the west, the wicked stepmother and any other evil woman we know of. She was a queen and knew how to use her authority for nothing good. She and her husband King Ahab were jewish rulers over Israel, but they certainly weren’t good rulers, they tried to turn the people away from God. If it had not been for Elijah, the prophet, they would have succeeded. That’s part of her problem in our verse today. Elijah had succeeded in turning the people back to God and she was not happy. This is a great example of how a woman’s wrath can terrify a man. Elijah just wiped out all the priests of Baal, but she sends him a threat and he goes running. The Lord speaks to Elijah, who is hiding in a cave, in a still small voice and encourages him to go on with what he needed to do.
Next we see Jezebel handling a situation in which her husband, the king, is upset because a neighbor won’t let him have his garden. Now in all the wars and fighting that goes on in the Bible, this seems like one of the silliest things to argue over. This story though, is just a cover for what is really bothering King Ahab. God had told him to take the life of a rival king and he didn’t, God rebuked him for that and so now Ahab is depressed. Being the good wife Jezebel decides she is going to fix everything for him. She writes to the neighbor that they are going to have a feast in his honor, when he comes over, she gets to bad guys to tell lies about the neighbor and he’s stoned.
It is said in 1 Kings 21:25, “For there was no one who sold himself to do evil in the sight of the Lord as did Ahab, incited by his wife Jezebel.”
Jezebel is surely an example to us of what evil truly is. It also speaks to me of how much influence a wife has over her husband. Let our influence be for God and not self.