When we hear the word “Jezebel”; there is no name like it. Jezebel was as wicked as they can get. She had a relentless heart and when she wanted something, she took it. The lists of wickedness are many, but here are a few to name some.
I Kings 21:25 (AMP)
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 had such a fire for her gods that she made it a point to destroy everything that pertained to the God of Israel. All her efforts were concentrated on replacing Israel’s laws and commandments with what she believed in.
Let’s remove the wickedness for a moment and look at the dedication, aggressiveness, strong-willed, and powerful force she portrayed. She believed and had faith in what she knew and went full force trying to implement what she thought was right.
If we go back in history, we can read about many leaders who have killed hundreds, thousands, and even millions because of a cause they believed in. They all had one thing in common; faith in what they believed.
What is our faith made of and how kindled is the fire behind that faith? We can look at what sparks us to work harder. What adds the twinkle in our eye? What pumps our energy to want to do all that we can do for the cause we believe in? That fire causes us to do the impossible to reach the goal.
II Kings 9:30-31 (AMP)
30Now when Jehu came to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it, and she painted her eyes and beautified her head and looked out of [an upper] window. 30And as Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, [Have you come in] peace, you Zimri, who slew his master?
Jezebel stayed strong until the moment of her death. She fixed herself beautifully as a queen would do and watched Jehu come towards the city and even yelled out to him. It’s a great attribute to have fire for something meaningful. But her fire was focused on the wrong things. She was in no position to repent and follow the Lord. She was fixed in what she believed and no one could change that. We see in I Kings 21:23-29, she didn’t even sway to follow the Lord when the Word of God was given to her on how her life would end.
I Kings 21:23 (AMP)
Also the Lord said of Jezebel: The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.
Sometimes we can be misguided to believe the untruths in life that it will destroy us if we don’t discern the things of the Lord.
II Kings 9:33-35 (AMP)
33And he said, Throw her down! So they threw her down, and some of her blood splattered on the wall and on the horses, and he drove over her. 34When he came in, he ate and drank, and said, See now to this cursed woman and bury her, for she is a king’s daughter. 35They went to bury her, but they found nothing left of her except the skull, feet, and palms of her hands.
What a devastating ending to a person that could have had the potential of a great future; the misguided faith.
Revelation 2:20-23 (AMP)
20But I have this against you: that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess [claiming to be inspired], and who is teaching and leading astray my servants and beguiling them into practicing sexual vice and eating food sacrificed to idols. 21I gave her time to repent, but she has no desire to repent of her immorality [symbolic of idolatry] and refuses to do so. 22Take note: I will throw her on a bed [of anguish], and those who commit adultery with her [her paramours] I will bring down to pressing distress and severe affliction, unless they turn away their minds from conduct [such as] hers and repent of their doings.23And I will strike her children (her proper followers) dead [thoroughly exterminating them]. And all the assemblies (churches) shall recognize and understand that I am He Who searches minds (the thoughts, feelings, and purposes) and the [inmost] hearts, and I will give to each of you [the reward for what you have done] as your work deserves.
What type of fire is guiding our faith?