Why was God angry with Jezebel?

Answered by Robert Dupre

God was angry with Jezebel for several reasons. One of the main reasons was that Jezebel introduced the worship of foreign gods, particularly Baal, into Israel. This directly contradicted the exclusive worship of Yahweh, the Hebrew God, which was a fundamental tenet of the Israelite faith.

Jezebel’s disregard for the rights of the common people also angered God. She and her husband, King Ahab, implemented policies that oppressed the poor and marginalized in society. They seized property and vineyards, unjustly accused and executed innocent people, and generally acted in a corrupt and oppressive manner. This went against God’s commandments to care for the poor and uphold justice.

Furthermore, Jezebel defied and persecuted the great prophets of Israel, particularly Elijah and Elisha. These prophets were chosen by God to deliver His messages and guide the people of Israel back to righteousness. Jezebel actively sought to silence and kill these prophets, disregarding their warnings and messages from God. This defiance of God’s chosen messengers was a direct affront to His authority and resulted in His anger towards Jezebel.

The actions of Jezebel also had long-lasting consequences for the nation of Israel. Her introduction of foreign gods and idol worship led to a period of internecine strife and division within the kingdom. The worship of Baal and other foreign gods caused a spiritual and moral decline among the Israelites, leading them further away from God. This weakened the nation and made them vulnerable to external threats.

Jezebel has since become synonymous with wickedness and evil. Her actions and the consequences that followed serve as a cautionary tale about the dangers of straying from God’s commandments and disregarding the rights and well-being of others.

In my personal experience, I have witnessed the negative effects of individuals who prioritize their own power and desires over the well-being of others. Their actions often lead to division, strife, and suffering. It is a reminder of the importance of humility, compassion, and obedience to God’s commands in our own lives.