Ahab and Jezebel together represented evil in Israel during the time of Prophet Elijah. Thier wickedness against God’s children ended them horribly.
The Bible story of Ahab and Jezebel has good lessons for all those who despise the authority of God. This story is in the book of Kings.
This two couple(Ahab and Jezebel) had a very bad reputation and are not to be followed by Christians nor anyone who what to make the world a better place. They Provoked the Lord God Almighty. What happened then?. Find out as you read along.
Ahab was the sixth king of Israel, who succeeded his father Omri B. C. 918 and reigned for twenty-two years. His wife was Jezebel, daughter of Ethbaal king of Tyre; an ambitious and passionate idolatress, through whose influence the worship of Baal and Ashtoreth was introduced in Israel.
The name Jezebel became abominable because of her evil deeds and idolatrous life. Just like the name Delilah, the name Samson cursed. No one would like to name their daughters before them.
Ahab erected images of Baal and intensified idolatry.”Idolatry”, which is one thing God hates most. He has said he is a jealous God. “Thou shall not worship any other for before him”.Ahab and Jezebel did exactly what God hates.
Jezebel used her ruling power to kill some of the prophets of God.No wonder, Elijah prophesied her death and it came to pass.
“And of Jezebel the Lord said, Jezebel, will become food for dogs in the heritage of Jezreel.”(1 Kings 21:23).
Their wickedness made God visit the land with three years of drought and famine as a punishment for the sins of Israel, B. C. 908. And at Mount Carmel, God reproved idolatry by fire from heaven, and by the slaughtering of four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal for failing to set their altar on fire. How?.
The Fire Contest Between Elijah And The Prophets Of Baal
Ahab and Jezebel agreed to a fair test of whose God is alive and working. Baal against God. Who will show off his power to set ablaze the prepared wooden altar containing the slaughtered bull?
“Let them bring us two bulls. Let them choose one of the bulls for themselves, cut it up into pieces, and place it on the wood. But they must not set it on fire. I will do the same to the other bull and place it on the wood.
‘But I will not set it on fire. Then you will invoke the name of your god, and I will invoke the name of the LORD. The god who responds with fire will demonstrate that he is the true God.” All the people responded, “This will be a fair test.”(1 Kings 18:23).
The prophets of Baal failed to set their altar ablaze. God sent fire down to burn the altar prepared by Elijah proving his presence and authority.
The Horrible Death Of Ahab And Jezebel
Ahab died in a battle against God’s people. He was slain, and dogs licked up his blood at the pool of Samaria.
Anointing of Jehu as the new King of Israel with the task of destroying the works of Ahab and Jezebel fulfilled the will of God.
Jehu destroyed the royal household of Ahab and Jezebel. When he was in the house of Jezebel, he asked Jezebel’s servant to throw her out of the window. They did just that. They were obsessed with her.
“He said, “Throw her down!” So they threw her down, and when she hit the ground, her blood splattered against the wall and the horses, and Jehu drove his chariot over her.”(2 Kings 9:33).
Jezebel’s body was nowhere to be found for burial except her skull, feet, and palms of the hands.
The LORD’s word through his servant, Elijah the Tishbite, has come to pass. He warned, ‘In the plot of land at Jezreel, dogs will devour Jezebel’s flesh.
In conclusion, God always shows love for his children by protecting them from evil people. Ahab and Jezebel were so wicked that they killed God’s anointed prophets, killed children as a sacrifice for their god “Baal”.