2018-07-30 - What Not to Do
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. (Luke 6:45 NIV)
Jezebel was a murderer of innocent people, an issuer of death threats, and an idol worshiper. Violence was her answer to opposition. She would be the ultimate villain, in today’s books and movies. Jezebel had no remorse, not even at the end.
Jezebel grew up worshiping the idol Baal. Her father was a priest of Baal. That is all she knew. Even as an adult, when she was given proof of God’s existence, she still did not back down, and followed her family’s traditions instead of a righteous Lord.
When King Ahab married Jezebel, he followed in his wife’s religious practices and started worshiping Baal. Soon altars and temples for the idol were seen throughout the country.
Becoming a mother did nothing to soften Jezebel's image. Unfortunately, her evil ways were passed down to her children, and were evident in their life choices. (see 1 Kings 22:52-53)
When husband King Ahab repented before God, Jezebel did not make a move toward her creator. She stayed in her comfortable and familiar world of deceit and idolatry. What if Jezebel heard or understood that Scripture warns us to "make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord?" (Hebrews 12:14 NIV) First Peter declares "For, 'Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it.'" (verses 10-11 NIV) These truths may have made a difference.
Lord, There are so many who have little regard for You or for human life. They live distant from You on purpose. It saddens me to think of them following destructive habits as gods. Soften their hearts, and sever the influence they have on others. Protect me from their violent ways. I thank You in advance. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.