I was thinking here after church. Some people marry folks who really drag them down. I’m talking they become corrupt couples. There have been many corrupt couples throughout history: Julius Caesar & Cleopatra, Louis the 16th & Marie Antoinette, Bonnie & Clyde, Brad & Angelina, Bill and Hillary but there has never been any worse than Ahab and Jezebel. They were a real match made in hell!
Let me introduce you to the first half of this match made in hell! Ahab was the son of Omri, the wicked king of the northern Kingdom of Israel. When Omri died, Ahab followed in his father’s footsteps by succeeding him on the throne and leading the nation of Israel even further into sin and idolatry. As a matter of fact, I Kings 16:30, 33 says that Ahab “did more evil in the eyes of the Lord than any of those before him” and “did more to provoke the Lord than did all the kings of Israel before him.” Ahab was a spoiled, spineless jelly fish a real coward king who surrounded himself with “Yes Men”. He pouted when anyone opposed him. He whined when he didn’t get his own way. He trivialized sin and disobeyed God’s command against marrying outside the faith. Thinking “Awe it’s all good”.
Check out his wife Jezebel-the other half of this match made in hell! Jezebel was a Phoenician princess, the daughter of King Ethbaal of Sidon. Her father wasn’t only a king but he was also a priest of Baal and Asherah. Jezebel grew up worshiping these pagan deities smoking dope and opiates participating in all of their horrible practices.
She was manipulative, she was evil to the core: she was cunning, controlling, power-hungry, and bloodthirsty! She was deeply into mystic paganism, she hated the God of Israel and murdered many of his prophets. She burned incense to mystic Gods. But she hated Elijah most of all, and did everything in her power to slaughter him. Elijah had to go into hiding to stay alive. She fought the belief in their one true God non stop. She tried and tried to find fault in the one true God and His followers. Jezebel had already led Ahab to spiritual bankruptcy. She wanted to destroy it all.
Whatever you do, don’t make the same mistake that King Ahab made. My friends, be careful who and what you embrace. The spirit of Jezebel is still running rampant and she wants to turn your heart away from God!