Even in defeat, mean Queen Jezebel, with face painted and hair wrapped, was still arrogant and defiant.

“Had Zimri peace, who slew his master?” She blurted out from a window to a horse striding Jehu.

But Jehu wasn’t hearing any of it:

“Who is on my side? Who?” He shot back at the queen before two or three eunuchs, in the window with her, threw her down.

Then Jehu trampled Jezebel under his horse’s hooves.

And when they went to bury her, all they found were her skull, her feet and the palms of her hands.

That graphic account, as we know, is found in the latter verses of 2 Kings 9.

And Jezebel’s end seems fitting for one, who’d completely turned her back on God and for one whom, even Jesus, in memory, associates with undeniable evil.

Listen to the Savior in Revelation 2:20-21:

“Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

“And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.”

Bible commentaries that I have read say of Jezebel: “She ranks as the most evil woman in the Bible.”

With many folks, it is extremely difficult for us to judge from surface views where that person’s final end will be.

As a matter of fact, it is impossible for us mere mortals to say.

Only God knows everyone’s final disposition. And we leave all of that in the Master’s hand.

Still, with Jezebel, it is difficult not to speculate. Folks, she did evil.

Look at even some of what she did: She totally turned her back on God and also tried to lead all of His chosen people away from Him.

Talk about Satan in carnet working. Right?

Well: For me and others as we grow in Christ, study of the Jezebels and the Judases and the Harrods of the world strongly remind us what Jesus calls on us to do.

That is: Give up judging others, putting labels on others and trying to manage the future population of heaven.

We all know putting that stuff away is far from easy.

But the Holy Spirit works with us on all of it.

With His help, I, for example, seem less and less inclined to think the worst of people and slap an unforgiveable sign on them at first meeting.

Even with Jezebel, I find it harder and harder to personally condemn her when looking at some of my own faults.

All we, of the flesh, seem to have issues with hypocrisy – you know – the kind whose practitioner sees the same sin as OK in him or her but terribly bad in someone else.

Hey, who knows? Maybe if I could somehow have been back in Jezebel’s and/or her husband Ahab’s place, I might have thought just like they.

And they believed that a king or a queen could do anything he or she wanted.

Jesus, of course, knows all of that.

So there in the first verse of Matthew 7 is part of His admonition, plainly put: “Judge not, that ye be not judged.”

And that goes too, even if you’re considering what seems a clearly mean and arrogant, bad-acting queen.

“And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he” (Mark 12:32).

Ozzie Roberts

March 10, 2019