The Choice is Yours

Leadership in Israel is about to shift. At this time we have the remnants of Ahab’s kingdom still ruling. Jezebel still has great influence as her son Joram is king of Israel and Ahaziah Ahab’s grandson is king over Judah. Both of these men are wicked and live contrary to the Lord.

With the stage set, Elisha sends a young profit to anoint the next king and his name is Jehu. This anointing is done in private, but soon the word gets out. As Jehu grows in recognition he meets with Joram and Ahaziah. At this meeting the kings are killed and Jehu assumes both thrones.

When Jehu comes riding into Jezreel, Jezebel having heard the news prepares herself by dressing in her finest. As she looks down from a high window with several servants, Jehu rides into town as king. He looks up at the window and says throw her down, which they immediately do. Her body is left for a period of time and then when it is to be retrieved, it has been eaten by dogs. This occurrence was prophesied by Elijah in 1 Kings 21:23 “And of Jezebel also spake the Lord, saying, The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.”

Jezebel may have escaped judgement much longer than her husband, but she did not escape. God is understanding and forgiving, but He is also consistent and fair. He holds us accountable for our actions and only forgets our sin when we repent of it.

You see just like the rest of us Jezebel had the opportunity to turn to the Lord and receive forgiveness, but she chose to reject Him. Salvation is lovingly offered to the entire world without exception, but it comes down to the individual if they will receive it. Judgement will come to all, whether we receive forgiveness or punishment is not up to God, it is up to us.

2 Kings 9