Amy Seiffert, author, speaker, and podcaster, came to share her insights about Jezebel this past Sunday. She said Jezebel was a Phoenician princess, daughter of King Ethball of the Sidonians. Jezebel was likely married off to Ahab, who reigned in Samaria, to form a political alliance so her family could gain more power and wealth.
As I listened to Amy speak, I wondered how Jezebel could have gained so much influence over her new husband? Was it her beauty? Her family power? Wealth? Was she spiritually gifted at winning over people? Whatever it was, her influence caused Ahab to build a temple and an altar to Baal in Samaria. And consequently, her husband did more to anger the God of Israel than any king before him. This influence quickly spread throughout the land.
1 Kings 16:31-34
31 And as though it were not enough to follow the sinful example of Jeroboam, he married Jezebel, the daughter of King Ethbaal of the Sidonians, and he began to bow down in worship of Baal. 32 First Ahab built a temple and an altar for Baal in Samaria. 33 Then he set up an Asherah pole. He did more to provoke the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel, than any of the other kings of Israel before him.
34 It was during his reign that Hiel, a man from Bethel, rebuilt Jericho. When he laid its foundations, it cost him the life of his oldest son, Abiram. And when he completed it and set up its gates, it cost him the life of his youngest son, Segub. This all happened according to the message from the Lord concerning Jericho spoken by Joshua son of Nun.
My heart was convicted as I listened to Amy speak. I’ve been struggling with what I have versus what others have. I see the new cars, the homes, the luxury RVs, the vacations, the job promotions, and I am admittedly filled with envy! They have all these things; why can’t I? Afterall, think of all the good I could do with it.
Through this weekend’s message, I am reminded to take inventory of what has influence over me. Honestly, I have everything that I need, and God has been extremely good to me! My ability to influence others doesn’t have to come from what experiences or possessions I can offer them. Instead, my influence and ability to point others to Jesus comes from living from God’s spirit.
I hope to be influential with people. I want to win hearts and souls over for Jesus! I would prefer to be well endowed with the fruit of the Spirit over having power, wealth and the things of this world.
What influences are in your life? Do you regularly invest in nourishing your body with healthy foods? Are you feeding your soul with teachings from the Bible, podcasts, music, and entertainment that reinforce your beliefs?
Take an inventory of what things are influencing your life. Write them down on paper and pray about them. Make an action plan if there are things that you want to change. Read 2 Kings 9:30-36 to find out how the story of Jezebel ends.
Father in heaven, thank you for the many gifts you bring. Thank you for the influence of the church and Godly fellowship. Thank you for the growing trends toward Christian radio, music, and movies that are available to me. Thank you for my Bible. Father, I pray over our nation today and ask that you lead influential people in places that will win the hearts and minds of those who are lost to the ways of this world. Thank you for the bad girls of the Bible who enable us to learn from their mistakes. In Jesus’ name, amen.
This post was written by Julie Estep. Julie loves her husband John and their combined five adult children and four grandchildren. Her favorite activities are walking their two dogs and golfing. She loves sharing her faith and is grateful for the chance to be a LIO contributor.
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