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In First Kings , between verse seven which records Jezebel saying “I will give you the vineyard” and verse eight (“And she wrote letters…”) there is nothing. The sense is that she was swift. My experience with the demon Jezebel informs me that this demon is ingenious and impulsive. The plot to take the vineyard required little connivance. It was as if the entire scheme popped full-blown into the queen’s mind. She would write letters, sealed with the king’s own signet, and thus invite all the key leaders of Israel to the king’s court of Samaria, about seven miles from Jezreel. The missive to all the nobles and elders read as follows: Proclaim a fast, and seat Naboth with high honor among the people; and seat two men, scoundrels, before him to bear witness against him, saying, You have blasphemed God and the king. Then take him out, and stone him, that he may die (1 Kings 21:9–10). In this simple, diabolic instruction is a wealth of information about how Jezebel operates.

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Jezebel isn’t usually subtle, only ruthless. The actions to follow are straightforward. Any pretense about the real purpose of this kangaroo court is set aside. Jezebel acts decisively. Naboth is to be tried and condemned. The outcome is a foregone conclusion.

Jezebel appeals to religious sentiments. A fast was proclaimed. There was a pretense of spiritual solemnity. That’s often Jezebel’s cover. She comes in priestly robes, religious language, and feigned spiritual motives.

Jezebel shifts the blame. Though Jezebel is putting a curse on Naboth, she accuses him of the crime of cursing God and the king. The alleged wrongdoing is that Naboth, 37

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Experience the Victory, Peace, and Freedom that You Have Been Looking For! Jezebel is mentioned 22 times throughout the Bible. More than a...

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Experience the Victory, Peace, and Freedom that You Have Been Looking For! Jezebel is mentioned 22 times throughout the Bible. More than a...

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