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Her name means "chaste" - morally pure and virtuous. Yet she was the total opposite!
A God-hating, murderous, shameless, impudent, scheming woman.


A. Who she was:

  1. She was the daughter of a Sidonian King - 1 Kings 16:31. [Sidon was located north of Israel, along the Mediterranean coast. Today it is a part of Lebanon.]

  2. Ahab, King of Northern Israel, married her - 1 Kings 16:31. [She would complement and reinforce his own evil character.]

B. About her "religious perspective":

  1. She was deeply involved in both idolatry and witchcraft - 2 Kings 9:22.

  2. She had a strong negative influence on Ahab - 1 Kings 21:25.
  3. She zealously pursued her idolatry and opposed the God of Israel.
  4. She threatened to kill Elijah.

C. Her scheming plot to have Naboth murdered:

  1. Ahab wanted Naboth's property, but Naboth would not sell it to him - 1 Kings 21:1-3.

  2. Jezebel plotted to have Naboth falsely accused and put to death, so that Ahab could take over the property - 1 Kings 21:4-16.

D. God's judgment pronounced against her (and the rest of Ahab's family), by Elijah:

  1. Jezebel would be killed and her body eaten by dogs, by the wall of Jezreel - 1 Kings 21:23; 2 Kings 9:10, 36.

  2. All of Ahab's family would be destroyed - 1 Kings 21:24.

E. God's judgment accomplished by Jehu:

  1. He was an army officer, who was appointed by God to do this - 2 Kings 9:1-13.

  2. How Jezebel was killed:
  3. How the rest of Ahab's family was killed:

F. Being like Jezebel - a person mentioned in Revelation (2:20-25):

  1. There was a woman (perhaps even a prominent leader) who was encouraging the same types of sins as what Jezebel encouraged. She was a corrupting influence on the people in the church, just as the Jezebel of the Old Testament was a corrupting influence on Ahab (and the rest of the nation).

  2. Like the Jezebel of the Old Testament, this New Testament "Jezebel" (most likely not her real name) would be judged by God, along with everyone associated with her.

  3. NOTE: Perhaps, within the context of the church, this New Testament "Jezebel" may have introduced the sinful practices, rather than emphasizing the idols themselves. (She would have taught that those practices were acceptable and compatible with Christianity.) Or she may have begun with less-obvious sins and (once she gained a following) progressed to the more obvious ones.

Dennis Hinks © 2002