If someone is called a Jezebel, they have every right to be insulted at the remark.    The name has come to mean everything evil that a woman can be.     It all stems from the most evil woman ever to share the royal palace in the northern kingdom of Israel.

She was the husband of King Ahab, who is famed for being the most consistently evil king ever on the throne of Israel.     Can you guess what made him so evil?    Here is what is recorded in the Bible about them.

Still, there was no one like Ahab, who devoted himself to do what was evil in the LORD’s sight, because his wife Jezebel incited him. 1 Kings 21:25 (HCSB)

The source of the evil practiced by Ahab was his charming wife, Jezebel.     She was the daughter of the king of the Zidonians.   Her father was the King and High Priest of the Baal worshipers.     They committed sexual sin daily in their worship practices, and offered sacrifices, including burning children, to their many false gods.

Jezebel would have a terrible end to her life.    The Prophet Elijah, the Tishbite, proclaimed the judgment of God against this devilish duo in 1 Kings.

Tell him, ‘This is what the LORD says: Have you murdered and also taken possession?’ Then tell him, ‘This is what the LORD says: In the place where the dogs licked Naboth’s blood, the dogs will also lick your blood!’” …  This is what the LORD says: ‘I am about to bring disaster on you and will sweep away your descendants: I will eliminate all of Ahab’s males, both slave and free, in Israel;…    The LORD also speaks of Jezebel: The dogs will eat Jezebel in the plot of land at Jezreel: 1 Kings 21:19, 21, 23 (HCSB)    

She was such a sweet lady that the Lord condemned her to be eaten by dogs in the street.    Her evil was such that her very name is considered an insult today.

But what did her name really mean?     Jezebel is translated to mean “purity, chastity, virginity, free from all carnal connection.”

Would you like to be called a Jezebel?

About Keith A. Rothra

Keith serves as pastor of Judson Community Baptist Church in Longview, Texas, and teaches political science at LeTourneau University and Kilgore College. He and his wife, Barbara, have two children and six grandchildren.

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