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June 28, 2019

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Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Psalm 78-79
Audio: Psalm 78-69

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1 Kings 21 (ESV)

Now Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard in Jezreel, beside the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. And after this Ahab said to Naboth, “Give me your vineyard, that I may have it for a vegetable garden, because it is near my house, and I will give you a better vineyard for it; or, if it seems good to you, I will give you its value in money.” But Naboth said to Ahab, “The Lord forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my fathers.” And Ahab went into his house vexed and sullen because of what Naboth the Jezreelite had said to him, for he had said, “I will not give you the inheritance of my fathers.” And he lay down on his bed and turned away his face and would eat no food.

But Jezebel his wife came to him and said to him, “Why is your spirit so vexed that you eat no food?” And he said to her, “Because I spoke to Naboth the Jezreelite and said to him, ‘Give me your vineyard for money, or else, if it please you, I will give you another vineyard for it.’ And he answered, ‘I will not give you my vineyard.’” And Jezebel his wife said to him, “Do you now govern Israel? Arise and eat bread and let your heart be cheerful; I will give you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.”

So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name and sealed them with his seal, and she sent the letters to the elders and the leaders who lived with Naboth in his city. And she wrote in the letters, “Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth at the head of the people. 10 And set two worthless men opposite him, and let them bring a charge against him, saying, ‘You have cursed God and the king.’ Then take him out and stone him to death.” 11 And the men of his city, the elders and the leaders who lived in his city, did as Jezebel had sent word to them. As it was written in the letters that she had sent to them, 12 they proclaimed a fast and set Naboth at the head of the people. 13 And the two worthless men came in and sat opposite him. And the worthless men brought a charge against Naboth in the presence of the people, saying, “Naboth cursed God and the king.” So they took him outside the city and stoned him to death with stones. 14 Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, “Naboth has been stoned; he is dead.”

15 As soon as Jezebel heard that Naboth had been stoned and was dead, Jezebel said to Ahab, “Arise, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused to give you for money, for Naboth is not alive, but dead.” 16 And as soon as Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, Ahab arose to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it.

17 Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, 18 “Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, who is in Samaria; behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth, where he has gone to take possession. 19 And you shall say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord, “Have you killed and also taken possession?”’ And you shall say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord: “In the place where dogs licked up the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick your own blood.”’”

20 Ahab said to Elijah, “Have you found me, O my enemy?” He answered, “I have found you, because you have sold yourself to do what is evil in the sight of the Lord. 21 Behold, I will bring disaster upon you. I will utterly burn you up, and will cut off from Ahab every male, bond or free, in Israel. 22 And I will make your house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah, for the anger to which you have provoked me, and because you have made Israel to sin. 23 And of Jezebel the Lord also said, ‘The dogs shall eat Jezebel within the walls of Jezreel.’ 24 Anyone belonging to Ahab who dies in the city the dogs shall eat, and anyone of his who dies in the open country the birds of the heavens shall eat.”

25 (There was none who sold himself to do what was evil in the sight of the Lordlike Ahab, whom Jezebel his wife incited. 26 He acted very abominably in going after idols, as the Amorites had done, whom the Lord cast out before the people of Israel.)

27 And when Ahab heard those words, he tore his clothes and put sackcloth on his flesh and fasted and lay in sackcloth and went about dejectedly. 28 And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, 29 “Have you seen how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself before me, I will not bring the disaster in his days; but in his son’s days I will bring the disaster upon his house.”

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  1. Jezebel

    Jezebel was the daughter of Ethbaal who was a king of Sidon and a priest of Baal. (Baal as we remember was a false god whose worship involved sexual degradation and lewdness).

    Ahab, king of Israel married Jezebel and together they led the nation into Baal worship (1 Kings 16:31). It is said that "Ahab and Jezebel’s reign over Israel is one of the saddest chapters in the history of God’s people."

    Jezebel is known for her dominance and control (including in the spiritual sense). When she married Ahab, she aimed to get rid of all evidences of the worship of the true God and ordered the killing of all of His prophets (1 Kings 18:4, 13). She also swore on her gods that she would pursue Elijah and kill him. 

    In today's chapter, Jezebel, after taunting and ridiculing Ahab for not just taking the vineyard from Naboth when he refused to sell it or trade it to him, she took matters into her own hands (literally). She wrote letters in Ahab's name, used his seal to make it official, and sent them to the elders and leaders who lived in Naboth's city (1 Kings 21:8). The content of those letters reveal exactly who Jezebel was. 

    She wrote, “Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth at the head of the people. 10 And set two worthless men opposite him, and let them bring a charge against him, saying, ‘You have cursed God and the king.’ Then take him out and stone him to death" (1 Kings 21:9-10).

    As a faithful follower of her false God Baal, she was also notorious for her sexual immorality.

    In Revelation 2:18-29, Jesus refers to her when speaking to the church at Thyatira (who must have had women in the church whose influence was like Jezebel). And like Jezebel, she did not repent. Jesus said He will "throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her I will throw into great tribulation, unless they repent of her works" (Revelation 2:22). 

    There is a phrase synonymous with Jezebel in Charismatic circles known as the "Jezebel spirit" or the "spirit of Jezebel." These denominations are known for using phrases like the spirit of lust, greed, etc., even though the Bible does not speak in those terms regarding a spirit. 

    A pastor/theologian that I have appreciated for some time now is Sam Storms. He identifies as a Charismatic but he does not endorse all that they believe or practice. When I approach a subject related to Charismatics, I often research what he has written or preached on the subject as he brings clarity from"inside the Charismatic doctrine" instead of from the outside looking in.

    In an article titled "10 Things You Should Know About The Jezebel Spirit", he writes:

    "The word 'spirit' is used here in one of two ways: either (a) of the human spirit, perhaps an attitude, disposition, habit, mentality or set of characteristics displayed by a particular individual, or (b) of those whose supernatural 'prophetic' ability is energized by a demonic spirit. In either case, regardless of the animating force, a person with a 'Jezebel spirit' is one who displays the insidious, manipulative, and evil tendencies manifest in this woman of Thyatira."

    One thing we do know is Jezebel's fate. In 2 Kings 9, we will read about the consequences of her stubborn refusal to see and submit to the power of the one, true God. 
     

  2. I can't put into words how grateful I am that God has saved me from being like Jezebel. I used to be those things, but God gave me a new life and I've been able to leave all those dark traits in the past. 

    I'm human, I'm still a sinner, but I want to obey God's Word. In the past, the only want I cared about was my own. 

    I really don't have the words to describe how amazing and beautiful my life became when I fully surrendered to Him. Of course, I still struggle, but He is there by my side, and the difference in how I handle the struggles is night and day. 

    I don't deserve this gift of Jesus, but I have it, and it has transformed me. I'll never get over it. Nor do I want to. 

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