Women in the Bible
Lesson Eighteen: by turtle

As much as I would love to look at only the good women in the Bible I can not. Jezebel is one
of the wickedest women in the Bible. So why bother to mention her at all. Fact is even among
wicked people God still sees and is involved in situations even when we think not. Jezebel and
her evilness is only one example of God taking revenge for her evil ways. But in order to get to
where God has his revenge we must start at the beginning of the story. Who is Jezebel and what
was her position.

1 Kings 16:29-32 KJV
(29)  And in the thirty and eighth year of Asa king of Judah began Ahab the son of Omri to
reign over Israel: and Ahab the son of Omri reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty and two
(30)  And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD above all that were before
(31)  And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam
the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians,
and went and served Baal, and worshipped him.
(32)  And he reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria.

To have  an effective evil queen you have to have an evil king. Now why some might ask, will a
man in charge of the kingdom must have a compatible partner. And Jezebel fit the bill. Not
everyone in the Bible worship God. In fact I wish it was so. Without seeing the consequence of
evil one can never know how good God truly is. Baal is translated to mean sun god. Some old
worlds called him Ra. Now the truth of the matter Baal is idol or a false god. God made it clear
in the beginning that we should not worship any gods other then Him.

Exodus 20:1-4 KJV
(1)  And God spake all these words, saying,
(2)  I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the
house of bondage.
(3)  Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
(4)  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in
heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

Now King Ahab ruled over the land of Samaria the Northern Kingdom of Israel. Israel was a
divide kingdom and that is actually a whole other story. So if you are interested do some
research. God sends Elijah a prophet to King Ahab. Now e must remember Ahab is not a
follower of God.

1 Kings 17:1 KJV
(1)  And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the
LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years,
but according to my word.

Now we must acknowledge in the chapter 17 of I Kings that Elijah was will provided for after he
went to King Ahab.

1 Kings 18:1-6 KJV
(1)  And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third
year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.
(2)  And Elijah went to shew himself unto Ahab. And there was a sore famine in Samaria.
(3)  And Ahab called Obadiah, which was the governor of his house. (Now Obadiah feared the
LORD greatly:
(4)  For it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the LORD, that Obadiah took an
hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.)
(5)  And Ahab said unto Obadiah, Go into the land, unto all fountains of water, and unto all
brooks: peradventure we may find grass to save the horses and mules alive, that we lose not all
the beasts.
(6)  So they divided the land between them to pass throughout it: Ahab went one way by
himself, and Obadiah went another way by himself.

Obadiah was a ruler or governor in Samaria. He hide the prophets of God when Jezebel was
killing them. He worked for Ahab and a believer in God. Ahab need to get water for the horses,
because of the drought and feminine in the land. Something we got to remember is God puts
people in place even when there are bad leaders. This sounds terrible to think about, why not
just wipe bad leaders out. I think there is several reasons God does not and main one because
people in general need to know there is a difference when  godly leaders are in leadership and
when evil ones are.

Basically God has told Elijah to go to King Ahab and to let him know the drought is over. Now
I be truthful why did God send a drought at all. Will when one thinks about it, God is showing
Ahab who is in charge. Ahab thinks he is king but truthfully he is not. God is always in control.
Even with bad and wicked people around. Now I am stopping there today and next week we will
continue to see what Elijah tells Obadiah to do. We also will be taking note on how people
feared Jezebel.