Jezebel: Noun. Wife of Baal; Unchaste (relating or engaging in sexual activity especially of an illicit nature).
Allow me a little expanded thought on “Jezebel”. There is something in every life that throws us off, gets our attention. It may not be a person of the opposite sex, but there is something that entices us to stray. Money? Power? Fear? Attention? Depression? Illness? Let’s be honest. What’s the thing you think about most, the thing you want the most or the secret thing you wouldn’t want anyone to know?
Revelation 2:20 says, “But I have this against you that you TOLERATE the woman Jezebel…” (emphasis mine). It wasn’t that the church indulged in Jezebel’s sin, her immorality and false teaching…they TOLERATED her. They knew who and what she was, yet they didn’t deal with her. They let her stay and keep on doing her Jezebel thing uninterrupted.
Thus, my question. What do we tolerate? What holds us back? We know it’s there, we know it’s a nemesis, yet we do nothing. We think it’s not a problem, we justify, “well that’s just who I am, God knows my heart…” We’ve gotten numb to it and when it flares or rears its ugliness, we find that normal and push it back down. Maybe we think it’s not a big deal – it only happens once in a while and then it’s not an issue anymore…until the next time…and the next. At least we don’t “go there” all the time; it could be worse. At some point, we have to decide who and what we want to be and if our Jezebel prevents that (if it doesn’t now it eventually will) then it’s time to call her what she is and make a committed choice to root her out.
Let’s deal with our Jezebel, once and for all. Let’s call out our ugly and not let it snatch us anymore. One thing’s for sure…if we don’t eventually God will.