TITLE: Learn from Jezebel! Part 1
By Tawanda Adaarewa
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As much as every one of us has made mistakes, some grave and some minor, and yet would at some time or other encourage somebody else to follow our example, i have sought, via this piece to do the same for Jezebel. Possibly the most evil woman in the Bible, Jezebel has her own lessons to teach and this is the reason for her mentioning in the Holy Book.
My purpose here is to go far beyond the "don't do what she did" type of teaching. On the contrary, its more like, "are you sure you can afford not to do what she did?" I have no doubt Jezebel was beautiful, otherwise no king would have given her a second look. An appreciation of her mentality, her intelligence is important if we are to avoid the shallowness that causes us to believe Jezebel has nothing to offer those that are walking after righteousness.
The Bible says her father was both king and priest in her own country. Perhaps it was conventional that her father would choose who she would marry but the fact that she married a king is important. She would relinquish none of the royalty into which she was born, even after leaving her home. This is noteworthy because there exists in many a church today the notion that we ought not to go to church to look for boyfriends/girlfriends/spouses. While there remains truth to this, for partner-hunting will certainly present a heart ill-prepared to recieve the Word, at the same time, the Word says "be ye not unequally yoked with unbelievers...for what union can exist between darknes and light..?" This is saying in the purest terms, your best bet for a happy marriage/relationship is with who believes as you do. When this was said, even in the Old Testament, Ahab clearly wasn't listening.
Like many our time, this bit of instruction was unheeded by this heart, but we can safely assume that somewhere along the line, rumours that one or two people were displeased with his choice of a wife. whatever the case, i would commend Jezebel on the value she put on herself that she would only marry a king. It is surprising that many young women and even those who are older would join themselves to men who are less than contemptible. It is a fallacy that all the men/boys that go to church are well behaved, 'holy and sanctified.' Many of them are really there for one thing; to be recognised as having a girl/woman that goes to church. These are they that go to church searching for partners. I would that the ladies, like Jezebel, understand what it means to be the daughter of THE KING and take husbands only in royalty. and here i speak of royalty far above what Ahab was capable of. (i will post a piece on the royalty i'm talking of)
Jezebel is truly amazing to me particularly because of what happens once she has made her home in Israel. Ahab made plans to accommodate her in his kingdom, even making space for her idols in the temple of God. Jezebel kept to her faith in spite of being away from home. She carried with her her gods, and even brought her prophets for the purpose of worship. Many of us, professing Christianity, every now and then daring to say like Peter "i will die with you, etc", often without any cohersion other than the very presence of new acquaintances, give up some of the most fundamental beliefs of our faith to make them comfortable. Worse still, giving up what we believe to be accepted by them. In one of the most intimate cries and pleas of the Lord, usually hidden in rebuke, He says (through Jeremiah) "go to the heathen nations and see if it is even heard of that a nation forsakes its gods, yet you have forsaken me...for broken cisterns..." (paraphrased) It is a mockery to the name of Christ, which we parade when we call ourselves Christians to "turn to the left or the right" from the law for any reason at all.
To be continued...
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