May 28. Slaughter in Israel

II Kin. 9:1-37; II Chron. 22:7-9

God had decreed that because of their evil, Ahab, Jezebel and all of their house would be destroyed. Elisha, the man of God sent a son of the prophets to anoint Jehu to become the next king of Israel even as the current king, Jehoram was attempting to recover from his battle wound.

The purge had begun. Ahab’s wife, Jezebel; son, Jehoram, king of Israel and grandson, Ahaziah, king of Judah were all killed. The bodies of Jezebel and Jehoram were pitched onto the ground that had once been Naboth’s vineyard. As had been prophesied, the dogs ate the flesh of Jezebel.

Jezebel had been a woman among women. She was the daughter of a king; wife of a king; mother of a king; mother-in-law of a king and grandmother of a king. Her prominence could have placed her on one of the highest pinnacles in the history of womanhood. Instead, her name, evil heart and life are synonymous with shame and disgrace.