The Wicked Queen Jezebel Falls to Her Death!
By Dr. Lindy S. Diffenbaugh, D.D.
The Infamous, Queen Jezebel, of the Old Testament fame, was the wife of King Ahab. who ruled the Kingdom of Israel in that day. Queen Jezebel was in opposition of the worship of the Hebrew God, known to them as Yahweh. As you may know, in her opposition to the worship of her subjects, Queen Jezebel neglected the right for her subjects to worship their God. Her stance was also challenged by the Great Prophet, Elijah. However, Queen Jezebel continued to oppose the worship of the Hebrew God, known as Yahweh; thus, she neglected the rights and well-being of her subjects, and challenging the great prophets Elijah and Elisha; in fact, Jezebel prompted a furious internal conflict that plagued Israel for decades.
Tyrannical Rule of Jezebel
When Jezebel married Ahab, she influenced him to worship Baal, a nature god, not a Heavenly, God. As a woman seeking more power, she sought to destroy those who questioned her, and many, in fact most, of the prophets of Yahweh, were murdered at her request.
These evil and tyrannical works motivated the righteous vengeance of The Prophet Elijah. In Fact, Elijah correctly predicted the encounter of a severe drought as divine retribution against Jezebel.
Elijah later had the Baal priests killed after they had failed in a contest with him to see which God would answer their prayers to inflame a bull offering to Baal, or an offering of their lives to Yahweh. As you would expect, when God showed up His fury overpowered the fury of Jezebel’s Gods, and her so called warriors were Killed.
When Jezebel learned of the deaths, she furiously vowed to have Elijah killed. Elijah knew that this Queen was evil and diabolical, and she would not think twice to kill him on the spot, if and when she and her minions caught up with him. This reality forced Elijah to flee for his life and hide from the fury of the queen., (I Kings 18:19–19:3).
Jezebel’s Murderous Envy Is Triggered
Another cruel act credited to Jezebel is written in I Kings 21:5–16. Next to King Ahab’s dwelling was a vineyard, which he envied and desired. It was owned by a civilian, Naboth of Jezreel.
When Naboth declined to part with his vineyard as “the inheritance of my fathers” and Jezebel falsely accused him of cursing “God and the King,” which resulted in Naboth’s death by stoning.
When King Ahab later, faced Elijah in the vineyard, prophesying that he and all his successors would be slain and that dogs would devour Jezebel.
Some years later, Ahab died in a fight with the Syrians, yet Jezebel continued for another ten years as the Reigning Queen of Israel. Years after Elijah died in a fight with the Syrians, Elijah’s heir, Elisha the prophet, continued the determination to continue Bail worship in the land.
Jezebel is Over-Thrown and Thrown-Over
Elijah’s heir, Elisha the Prophet, continued the determination to end Baal worship in the land. In so doing he anointed a militant leader named Jehu to be King of Israel; this was an order that prompted civil war as Jehoram, Jezebel’s son, then ruled in the land.
Jehu then killed Jehoram and sought to overthrow Jezebel and take his place as ruler of Israel.Anticipating him, she decorated herself in fancy clothing for the occasion. Looking down from her window, she mocked him, and Jehu commanded her eunuchs to toss her out of the window, which was an order that they gladly obeyed.
After her fall and death, Jehu ordered that she be buried as a king’s daughter, however, it was found that dogs had eaten most of her body, just as Elijah had predicted, as most of you already have surmised, Jezebel was not only a wicked woman, but she was a wicked woman that embodied the characteristics of cruelty, greed, vanity, deep dark vile and wicked roots within her.
This was the “first time that a king of Israel had allied himself by marriage with a heathen princess; in fact, the alliance in this case was peculiarly disastrous kind.
Jezebel has stamped with ultra and ruthless evil in her name; “Jezebel” was representative of all that is designing, crafty, malicious, revengeful, and cruel.
Guided by no principle, restrained by no fear of either God or man, passionate in her attachment to her heathen worship, she spared no pains to maintain idolatry around her in all of its splendor.
It is said that there were 150-prophets that ministered under her care to Baal, as well as four hundred prophets of the Asherah/Groves, that ate at her table.
Four hundred and fifty prophets ministered under her care to Baal, besides four hundred prophets of the groves, that ate at her table. (1 Kings 18-19). Such idolatry was of these “prophets,” can only be described as debased and deeply sensual.
Her conduct was in many respects very disastrous to the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah (21:1-29) As you may have surmised up to this point, Jezebel’s rein as Queen in Israel was not only wicked and evil, but it was also lawless and ruthless.
Her husband, Ahab, was the King of Israel in name only. He was absolutely dependent Jezebel’s ruling and action as a “self-appointed partner,” in the Kingdom.
In fact, Ahab did nothing to stop his wife, he did whatever she demanded, and he let the Kingdom be all but destroyed during His reign as King. As you may have surmised at this point, Jezebel “wore the pants in the family”, so to speak.
It is evident that Ahab stepped back, and watch “Queen Jezebel” rule the Kingdom in his stead. In fact, she was very thrilled and prepared and willing to take over her Husband’s duties as the Monarch in the land. She did all that she could to take it all over, while she allowed him to lie on the couch while she worked to destroy the nation.
Ahab rested on the couch, Jezebel took over the Kingdom. I am certain that she was proud that she was able to rule over the “underlings” under her authority.
It is here that I will end this writing. In fact, while Jezebel was under siege from her disgruntled constituents, she found herself being pushed out the window when Jehu ordered her eunuchs to throw her out the window and down to the ground!
Of Course, The Eunuchs Gladly Complied rid their land of the Wicked Queen Jezebel. As Jehu rode into the gates of Jezreel, Jezebel looked out at the window of the palace, and said, “Had Zimri peace, who slew his master?”
He looked up and called to her chamberlains, who instantly threw her from the window so that she was dashed in pieces on the street, and his horses trod her under their feet.
After the fall from the window to her death, Jezebel was immediately consumed by the dogs of the street (2 Kings 9:7-37), as it is recorded by Elijah the Tishbite (1 Kings 21:19).