Cinderella, our fictional character that was created through Walt Disney’s imagination did go from the palace to the dungeon to the palace with her Prince. With the help from her magical friends, she was able to overcome the evil of her wicked step-mother and her two cruel step-sisters.
However, Jezebel is not a fictional character created by the imagination of any human. God’s Word is as honest about the lives of the heroes as it about those who rejected Him.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary says, “Jezebel has stamped her name on history as the representative of all that is designing, crafty, malicious, revengeful, and cruel. She is the first great instigator of persecution against the saints of God. Guided by no principle, restrained by no fear of either God or man, passionate in her attachment to her heathen worship, she spared no pains to maintain idolatry around her in its entire splendor.”
Jezebel’s persecution started with God’s prophet, Elijah. 1 Kings 17: 1 – Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.”
King Ahab and his evil wife, Jezebel, were shocked when Elijah walked into their presence and told them there would be no rain for several years. This was only the beginning of the show down between Elijah, God’s prophet, and Jezebel, the wicked evil queen.
1 Kings 18: 16- 46– Elijah challenged the people to take a stand. He challenged them to choose to follow the true God of Israel or the false god Baal and 850 pagan prophets.
When the show down was said and done, Jezebel was enraged that her 850 prophets were dead. Her prophets told her everything she wanted to hear. They prophesied her future with great power and glory. She was also angry because all her supporters had been eliminated and her pride and authority damaged.
Elijah became Jezebel’s target. He was a constant thorn in her side. Elijah was always predicting gloom and doom for Jezebel. She could not control his actions, so she vowed to kill him. As long as Elijah, God’s prophet, was around she could not carry out all the evil she wanted.
Have you been a target for Jezebel? Has a Jezebel vowed to destroy you and your family? What are the traits of the Jezebel Spirit? Do Jezebels still thrive today?