Jezebel, the wife of King Ahab of Israel whom you read about in the Bible (1 Kings 16-21), was one fearful and wicked person. She worshiped the god Baal and used her royal authority to suppress the worship of Israel’s God Yahweh. She would have killed off all of the Lord’s prophets if not for a man named Obadiah who hid a hundred of them and supplied them with food and water.
The prophet Elijah, however, boldly stood up to Jezebel and her false religion. In 1 Kings 18, we read about the epic encounter between Elijah and 450 prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. Elijah had confronted the people saying, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him” (v. 21). That day, the Lord demonstrated with great power that he alone is God. The end result was that the people declared “The Lord–he is God! The Lord–he is God!” ( v. 38) and that all 450 prophets of Baal were put to death.
When Jezebel heard about this, she sent a message to Elijah: “May the gods strike me and even kill me if by this time tomorrow I have not killed you just as you killed them” (1 Kings 19:2). Such was the arrogance and ferocity of her spirit.
Today, the spirit of Jezebel lives on.
- It is the spirit that strikes fear in the hearts of Christians, particularly pastors, causing them to choose political correctness rather than to declare, “Thus says the Lord!”
- It is the spirit that not only suppresses the truth of God’s Word but also legalizes action against some of the core teachings of God’s Word pertaining to family and righteous living.
- It is the spirit that forces Christians to compromise their beliefs to appease the crowd whose standards obviously clash with the Bible.
Yes, the spirit of Jezebel runs amok these days. Should we cower in fear? Should we abandon our calling to be a light to this world? Should we compromise our biblical values? No! We are not defenseless against the spirit of Jezebel. Here is why:
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7).
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