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Let me introduce you to a couple you may have heard of during your Sunday school days. The couple were once the king and queen of Israel. Their names were Ahab and Jezebel.

Most likely you have heard of Jezebel. You wouldn’t have wanted to put yourself on the wrong side. She was tall and responsible even though her husband, Ahab, was the king of Israel. Jezebel means cheeky, cheeky, or morally unrestrained without cohabitation. His business card read, “Whether it’s right or wrong, I get what I want.”

Here is an incident that happened years ago. King Ahab, prone to childish tantrums and covetousness, saw a vineyard he wanted for a vegetable garden near his palace. Ahab’s problem was that the vineyard belonged to a citizen named Naboth. So Ahab offered to buy the vineyard. But Naboth replied, “God forbid I give you the inheritance of my ancestors. »

Ahab went home angry, sulking, refusing to eat. Jezebel asked Ahab why he was in a bad mood. Ahab told him what had happened. Jezebel replied, “Is this how you act as king of Israel? Get up and eat! Comfort. I will give you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.

And take the vine, Jezebel did. Jezebel hired two “villains” to lie and testify that Naboth had cursed God and the king. So the mercenaries took Naboth out of the city and stoned him to death. Notice the pattern; lies, false witnesses, mob and confiscation of property. I guess whatever “Lola wants, Lola gets” – for a while.

There is a fundamental difference between weakness and wickedness. Ahab had carnal weaknesses motivated by ego. Jezebel was mean.

Ahab had trouble with his head. Jezebel had heart trouble. Ahab was ignorant and spoiled. Jezebel was intentional and evil. Note that Ahabs and Jezebels are a type, not a gender. This example is not a male-female issue. There were loads of Jezebel kings in Israel’s past. In this case, Ahab’s weakness was Jezebel’s passport to controlling a nation. Jezebel types look for weak people like Ahab to influence and control. You can’t be a puppeteer if you don’t have a puppet.

In a sense, each reinforced the other. Ahab’s self-absorption, spoiled childish ways, and laziness created space for Jezebel’s pride and ambition. The wickedness in her dominated Israel through Ahab’s weakness. Ahab gave his authority or right to rule to Jezebel, and Jezebel gladly took it.

Together they ruled Israel for years. God is patient even with weak kings and wicked queens for a while. God gave them, as he gives us, every opportunity to change and to change for the better. But just because God is patient doesn’t mean God condones intentional dysfunctional behavior forever.

At the appointed time, God sent a prophet named Elijah to make the king and queen realize that their actions had consequences. Why did God prophetically warn them? Because the king and queen’s problems were hurting themselves, their people, and the nation. This is called love in action.

King Ahab got angry (again) that God’s message through Elijah keeps him from getting what he wants all the time. Jezebel flew into a rage (again). How dare Elijah or God limit the ambitions of Ahab and Jezebel? You don’t challenge the actions and attitudes of people like Jezebel without creating ramifications of rage. Jezebel types don’t take revenge. They take revenge. Puppeteers and non-cohabiting people don’t like someone upsetting their puppet.

Sometimes we think someone is mean when they have a weakness. We see it in the piece called “Wicked”. Conversely, we assume someone is weak when they are cruel. Don’t judge too quickly. Learn to discern. Watch their example. Look at who is attracted to them and who is repelled by them. Are they doing it primarily for your good or their desire?

The problem with any nation, society or community is that it takes an Ahab to create a Jezebel. The character of the king or queen permeates the kingdom. Israel pined and wept for a time because of Ahab’s head and Jezebel’s heart. But people like Ahab and Jezebel usually don’t end well. These two “experts” eventually became old bursts…shooting stars that were bright for a while, then quickly burned out.

Let me quote a Bible verse about Jezebel that will surprise you. It is Jesus who speaks of Jezebel. “And I gave her time to change direction, but she has no intention of changing direction…” Revelation 2:19.

It’s love.

Consider this, leaders and people are not punished for their mistakes. Leaders and people are punished for their mistakes.

I’m not tough or harsh here. On the contrary, this article is an exhortation and an encouragement. I’m just trying to make us aware of real life. We all have weaknesses, but some have just a few more weaknesses than others. It could be dangerous, whoever we are. Why? Because the more weaknesses we have, the more desirable we are to weak or even evil people who need more vulnerable people to further their agenda.

Do not flee from God to the author of weakness or wickedness. Instead, run to God, the provider of well-being. Transform your weakness or your wickedness into well-being. Be empowered for life in abundance.

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