When Joram saw Jehu he asked, “Have you come in peace, Jehu?” “How can there be peace,” Jehu replied, “as long as all the idolatry and witchcraft of your mother Jezebel abound?” (2 Kings 9:22 NIV)
Her influence had determined the religious outlook of the northern kingdom of Israel over the reigns of three kings. It had even spread to Judah. It ushered in an even more decadent era that gave rise to injustice whether it was through the purging of Yahweh’s prophets or framing Naboth to get a plot of land. She had spearheaded its prominence in the nation, but God would once again have the final word as far as her rule of terror was concerned.
Once more, God had spoken on this matter to Elisha’s predecessor, Elijah. God made it abundantly clear that the house of Ahab would pay for the blood of the prophets and Jezebel would meet a gruesome end. Elijah heard it, Elisha was the instigator of it, but unlike Hazael who received the personal touch, Elisha set things in motion by getting a young prophet to deliver the fateful news of a dynasty change to Commander Jehu.
It says a lot for the respect and admiration his peers had for him and the word of God that when the young prophet runs in and privately conducts the anointing, it is recognised and endorsed. The other army officials don’t question it. As Jehu races to the incumbent stricken king Joram, the messengers sent to see what he’s up to also make their allegiance plain by falling in with what is a coup. The stench of the iniquity sponsored by the Royal household had become too much even for the King’s own men. When Joram himself went to see what the fuss was all about, he soon realised the day of reckoning was at hand. Jehu himself committed the act that ended the reign of Joram and for good measure ended the reign of Judah’s King Ahaziah who had also fallen under the influence of Ahab’s household.
That left the matriarch to deal with. Those final moments of her life where she still thought she had influence in the Kingdom. Making herself look good to look down on this treacherous rebel, little did she realise not even her own eunuchs could stomach her wickedness. When they threw her down to her death there wasn’t enough left of her to give her a decent burial as she became food and drink to dogs. Such was God’s judgment on the rule of wickedness she had spread over the land.
This graphic recounting of the end to the house of Ahab is given to show how seriously God deals with evil. In the bigger picture, God is more than aware of the devastating effects of evil in people’s lives and He has committed Himself to deal with it. In the cross He dealt with sin emphatically and in the end all wickedness will be wiped off the face of the earth. In the interim period, He is not blind or uncaring to injustice and evil, He continues to indicate on small and large scales what He is to accomplish permanently – the defeat of injustice, wickedness and evil by the victory of justice, peace and righteousness.
Justice for Jezebel reassures us that good will triumph over evil.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden