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Marriage of Death

Ba’al and his consort Asherah had many prophets living in the land during the time of Elijah. The King of Israel at this time was none other than Ahab (see previous posts on Ahab here). As if Ahab wasn’t corrupt enough as King, he was also forced into the marriage of Jezebel. This would prove to be a marriage of death as the two waged war against the prophets of YHWH and attempted to wipe them out altogether.

During her marriage and co-reign of Israel with Ahab, Jezebel prided herself as a wicked and ruthless queen. It’s not a coincidence that Jezebel, a woman from Sidon who worshipped the gods Ba’al and Asherah, would have such a strong connection to Mt. Carmel. As we learned in the previous post, the land of Mt. Carmel seemed to be rich with Ba’al worshippers. It should be no surprise then that Elijah challenged Jezebel’s prophets of Ba’al and Asherah on top of Mt. Carmel in a duel of the (G)gods, which will be discussed more tomorrow.

Life & Death By The Sword

As He’s being hurled away towards his fate, Jesus says, “Those who live by the sword, die by the sword” (Matthew 26:52). Jezebel was a cruel, merciless woman of the sword. She used slander and death every chance she got to achieve her goals. Often times, we assume Jezebel is someone else. But how often do we check ourselves and ask if we’re Jezebel? Have you ever used gossip or slander to achieve something or make yourself feel better? Granted, it’s not likely you’ve attempted to wage war and kill people who are in your way. But Jesus is clear that even thinking of such things should be cause for us to evaluate ourselves (Matthew 5:20-26). So as you are thinking about those things that you worship alongside God (see yesterday’s challenge), also take time to evaluate your thoughts and actions. Are you operating out of the gifts of the spirit (Galatians 5:22) or by other means to accomplish your goals?

 

Click Here to learn more about the Holy Land and the Megiddo with one of our seminars.

Marriage of Death

Ba’al and his consort Asherah had many prophets living in the land during the time of Elijah. The King of Israel at this time was none other than Ahab (see previous posts on Ahab here). As if Ahab wasn’t corrupt enough as King, he was also forced into the marriage of Jezebel. This would prove to be a marriage of death as the two waged war against the prophets of YHWH and attempted to wipe them out altogether.

During her marriage and co-reign of Israel with Ahab, Jezebel prided herself as a wicked and ruthless queen. It’s not a coincidence that Jezebel, a woman from Sidon who worshipped the gods Ba’al and Asherah, would have such a strong connection to Mt. Carmel. As we learned in the previous post, the land of Mt. Carmel seemed to be rich with Ba’al worshippers. It should be no surprise then that Elijah challenged Jezebel’s prophets of Ba’al and Asherah on top of Mt. Carmel in a duel of the (G)gods, which will be discussed more tomorrow.

Life & Death By The Sword

As He’s being hurled away towards his fate, Jesus says, “Those who live by the sword, die by the sword” (Matthew 26:52). Jezebel was a cruel, merciless woman of the sword. She used slander and death every chance she got to achieve her goals. Often times, we assume Jezebel is someone else. But how often do we check ourselves and ask if we’re Jezebel? Have you ever used gossip or slander to achieve something or make yourself feel better? Granted, it’s not likely you’ve attempted to wage war and kill people who are in your way. But Jesus is clear that even thinking of such things should be cause for us to evaluate ourselves (Matthew 5:20-26). So as you are thinking about those things that you worship alongside God (see yesterday’s challenge), also take time to evaluate your thoughts and actions. Are you operating out of the gifts of the spirit (Galatians 5:22) or by other means to accomplish your goals?

 

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