Jezebel, Is Her Spirit Living Within Modern Women Today?

Jezebel Contrasted With Modern Women

Behind every good man is a better woman. We have laughed at this thought for many generations, perhaps through all centuries.

Many husbands, go along to get along, accepting that it will be the women who set the social scene of acceptance, that we somehow, instinctively "know". My husband puts a great deal of trust in me. Perhaps your hubby does as well. For the male readers, do you not trust your wives to hold your best interests at heart?

If Jezebel was just a trusted wife, why does she hold such a remembered place through the ages? Why has her very name become an insult to women? What great misdeed did she do?

Through scheming she is responsible for the death of prophets. Isn't Moses responsible for death? Isn't King David? Yet, they are heroes.

Did she influence her husband away from God? Did she lead him to serve others instead?

Ahab was not committed to God. He was swayed by public opinion. Today, he would follow the current trends and latest polls. He was moody, sullen and childish. Was this her fault? She did not betray him or herself.

Is this not still going on today? Are women not still leading men astray? Taking them down a new path? Are men still not, making halfhearted attempts to serve God, giving lip service?

Her Biblical History

Some readers may not be familiar with her background, some may need a refresher. Her Biblical story can be found in the 1st and 2nd chapters of Kings.

She was known as a princess, with hidden powers behind the throne. Think about this........don't all women have such a power? Is it not a standing joke, ' if the wife isn't happy, no one is happy'? Even in the most of modern times, men still, desire to please their women folk. Equality, aside..........THIS is the way that it is. Men desire to please women. Women desire to please men. It is the dance that we all dance.  This is the rawness of the dance, that we desire and wish to be desired.  We want to be influential.

I know men who would follow  her!
I know men who would follow her!
Aren't we trying?
Aren't we trying?
The tools in our arsenal.
The tools in our arsenal.

She Must Have Been a Beauty

Jezebel has been described as a ' painted woman'.........she must have used the cosmetics of her day. Do not the most of us do this, whether or not we go 'under the knife', or go for botox injections? Most of us, use everything available in our affordable arsenal to compete. Anti-aging, the best colors in the best blends, the best formulations, the most affordable ingredients in our beauty arsenals. Do we not as a whole, spend millions of dollars, to present our best selves?

Do we not, take pride in the power that we wield over our loved menfolk? Ladies, don't we? At the salon, in our kitchens, at the park, in the office...........don't we somewhere boast?

We want to look fashionable. Careers are made on this. The cosmetics and fashion industries are a gold mine for those deeply involved in them.

 

Do Our Loving Husbands Follow Us

It does seem that if you marry a fisherman, you must learn to fish. If your husband is a hunter, you learn to handle guns. If your husband is into drag cars, you learn to love the smell of gasoline.

I have felt such things myself. It seems so unfair. I encourage my own daughters, to be true to themselves first. A woman gives up so much of herself to partner with a man. He gives up so little. Or does he..........

The truth is.....my hubby has followed me in many more subtle ways. He has learned to appreciate tomatoes growing in the garden, hand painted t-shirts crafted by his children, hospital visits, church programs, school plays, back yard cookouts, the power of my will , the strength of my resolve, he has learned not to anger me. He has done things, secured things, and built things that serve my interests. Are these things any less than what Jezebel asked?

Many wives live daily with a husband who is not a spiritual leader, but more suited to following. Ahab was such a man.  He did not have a strong faith.  He needed a strong woman as his wife. He chose the wrong woman.

She Is Only A Woman

She has no special powers. Not those of a spiritual or political nature, how did she lead a man astray? Perhaps, just perhaps, she is more like Eve than many of us have dared to think.......perhaps......she is more like you and me.........

Even with our faith, we have been wrong. We have drawn battle lines. We have spread dissension, taken sides, divided.......persuaded others with our anger.

Don't we today, divide the congregation with our own thoughts? Do we not have different ideas to the running of the spring or summer Vacational Bible School themes? Do we not bring different ideas to the ladies council, benevolence committees? Do we not today, pick sides? Do we not today, draw divisions within our neighborhoods? Our PTAs, our book clubs, our gardening societies, our debates, do we not impose our own self will?

What Is The Difference?

She had a painted face.......we have lip liner, eye shadow, and blush.

She had corsets, we have the wonder bra, the up-lifter, the sports bra, the second skin.

She used every weapon of her day.................so do we.

How is she different?

Have we as women really progressed? For our increased shouting, our heard and forceful voices, have we really become more than Jezebel ever was?

Perhaps, it is her honesty, her acceptance of knowing what she was, that we can not match.

Where was Jezebel's protecting husband?
Where was Jezebel's protecting husband?

What She May Have Done

Some call her a witch. She took over the vineyard in a ruthless and deadly scheme. She did this for the benefit of her husband, it was he, who desired it so badly, that he could not eat . She meant to prosper him. Don't wives today, attempt to still husbandly disappointments? It would upset me, if my hubby was to distraught to eat!

They say she brought vileness to the church. As a worshiper of Baal, she was never part of 'the church'. It was Ahab, a weak man, who brought her among the Israelites.

If God is God , and I do believe that He is, how could a mere woman overpower Him? I do not think for a minute that I could displace God.

Perhaps, Jezebel, used her personal resources to benefit herself. Maybe, she presented her causes in their best light. Maybe, she told her tales in the best light to represent herself. Perhaps, she did the very best with the resources that she had. Maybe, her best resource was her own self.

Jezebel, did what she needed to do, to survive. Right or wrong, she addressed her immediate needs. Is she really that different from a modern, up-to-date, educated woman? Do we not preach this very thing, use every weapon in your arsenal? Ladies, come on, do we not teach our daughters assertiveness at every turn? Do we not teach 'girl power'?

Have you thought once, at any time, what ........'girl power' is?

Jezebel, like Cain lives in all of us. The difference that separates us, is who we are committed to.

We should not be so quick to condemn them for what we are. The story would not be the same without them, nor would the lessons we are to learn.

What Others Say.........

 

Tamarajo 9 days ago

I think every woman is influential whether or not we use this for good or bad is up to us. It does go to show how desperately evil a gift gone bad can be.

I also think that she represents one of womens greatest weaknesses and that is the illusion of thinking we are in control or that we can control and overpower events and unpleasant situations either by manipulation or angry outburst.

I don't know that she was so inclined to please her husband in killing the poor man for his garden as much as she was determined to show up her husband.

There is huge difference between being assertive and being cruel, manipulative, and controlling. True assertiveness requires none of these things.

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bettybarnesb 5 years ago from Bartlett, TN

Enjoyed your hub. Great writing. Be Blessed


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onegoodwoman 5 years ago from A small southern town Author

Bettybarnesb,

I am indeed blessed. And I am thankful for it!

Thanks for coming by to read. I like having

you here.


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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia

this was a fantastic hub! your points so delicately put were well thought out and a wonderful change to the harsh light this woman is normally painted in... Loved it!


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onegoodwoman 5 years ago from A small southern town Author

Nighthag,

Welcome to my hub!

Thank you for your gracious

commentary.

I am glad that you appreciated it.


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast

Wow. This was one of the best articles I have read recently. You put everything into perspective about her. Yes, we do everything we can to please our men. We even wear our hair, like they love it on us. Cook their favorite meals and etc. What a great read. Well put.


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

There is an old saying, yet a true one that applies here.

If you have to go to court for some legal reason, and the balance of justice is in the hands of a judge or a justice of the peace.

"If the judge didn't get laid the night before, you are screwed."

Women exercise a lot of influence in the way a man acts or reacts throughout any given day. Send them out unhappy or unfulfilled and in a bad mood and watch the sparks fly with the way they treat others.

Brother Dave.


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Judicastro 5 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

Great hub dear friend. It is my belief that every Jezebel needs an ahab in order to operate. Elijah after one of his greatest victories ran in fear when he heard that she was out to kill him. The prophesy that was declared over her regarding her death did not come to pass until elisha's time. You are so right though that very spirit can so easily become a part of us, it's what we do with it that makes the difference. Pray things are well with you!


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onegoodwoman 5 years ago from A small southern town Author

RhondaWaits,

Good to see you again.

Glad you liked the hub.


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onegoodwoman 5 years ago from A small southern town Author

DaveMatthews,

I am surprised to hear you saying

such a thing! Yet, I see the truth

in it. Our behaviors do influence the

actions of others.

Thanks for coming by.


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onegoodwoman 5 years ago from A small southern town Author

JudiCastro,

They are well.

Yes, Jezebel does need and Ahab, but

so few take time to reflect on that.

Glad you came by.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

I think every woman is influential whether or not we use this for good or bad is up to us. It does go to show how desperately evil a gift gone bad can be.

I also think that she represents one of womens greatest weaknesses and that is the illusion of thinking we are in control or that we can control and overpower events and unpleasant situations either by manipulation or angry outburst.

I don't know that she was so inclined to please her husband in killing the poor man for his garden as much as she was determined to show up her husband.

There is huge difference between being assertive and being cruel, manipulative, and controlling. True assertiveness requires none of these things.


onegoodwoman profile image

onegoodwoman 5 years ago from A small southern town Author

Tamarjo,

Thank you for your commentary. You certainly

raise some interesting points. Many of them

are defined for us by Who we serve, and what

we are committed too.

Without strong foundations, any of us can

slip away into those cruel areas. The ability

to be cruel or evil dwells within us.

Thanks for coming by. Your thoughts have

stretched my own mind.


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panguerita 5 years ago from Little Elm, Texas

I enjoyed this hub and the way you have done such a good job of opening up the minds of the readers to consider a very difficult subject, dear to the hearts of many, the wars of the sexes. And the interesting comments add to the article. It seems to me that the extremes of the teachings of the "Feminist" movement do have some of the elements of the Jezebel spirit; the powers of witchcraft, which seeks power and control and manipulation of the weaknesses of the male whom God has designated as the head of the household. It's good that we can use scripture to teach us what not to be. We must keep pursueing love, it never fails!


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onegoodwoman 5 years ago from A small southern town Author

Panguerita,

How good it is to see you!

Sometimes, as we study, we learn whether

the characters are heros or villians. To

me, it seems important that we also know

who they were as a person. It is not enough

to know who, what, where, I also like to

know 'why'.

Thanks again for coming by, and I wish

you and your family a Merry Christmas!


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mercurialmaven 5 years ago from Reston, VA

Very interesting hub! Thanks for sharing!


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onegoodwoman 5 years ago from A small southern town Author

Hello Mercurialmaven,

Welcome to my hub and to HubPages!

I am always glad to have a new reader, and glad you

enjoyed the hub. It is an honor to be among the first

few that a new member reads~~~~


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ugagirl66 5 years ago from South Carolina

Wow, what a well written hub. I really enjoyed your perspective and do have to agree. There is a little of each in all of us. It is what we do with the knowledge that sets us apart. Using it for the greater good or using it to be destructive. It all boils back eventually to good versus evil, right versus wrong.

Thanks for your frank writing. I loved it!


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onegoodwoman 5 years ago from A small southern town Author

ugagirl66,

Thank your for you generous commentatry. I am delighted that my message reached you.

Most importantly, thank you for taking the time to

read my hub and comment. New readers are always welcomed here! Hope to see more of you.


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bugslady8949 5 years ago from The Bahamas

I think you did a great job on this hub. keep up lthe good work.


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onegoodwoman 5 years ago from A small southern town Author

Bugslady8949,

What a lovely compliment to start the

New Year off with! I thank you.

Thanks for coming by, new readers

are always welcome here.


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cceerpp 5 years ago from Ghana

Your hub on Jezebel looks interesting. Happy New Year.


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onegoodwoman 5 years ago from A small southern town Author

cceerpp,

Thanks for coming by to read it!

Hope you will be back.

Happy New Year to you as well.


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Treasuresofheaven 5 years ago from Michigan

Fantastic read! I appreciate your presentation onegoodwoman. You are indeed to be commended for bringing out the unexpected in Jezebel. Time has not changed, only the players (people).

Well done!


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onegoodwoman 5 years ago from A small southern town Author

TreasuresofHeaven,

How very good to see you again!!

It is my personal belief, that either

of us, could go in either direction. It

is who we are following, when we get to

the crossroads that dictates our next

direction.

For all of mankinds advances, the

human heart has not seen change.

Be well, my friend.


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wba108@yahoo.com 5 years ago from upstate, NY

onegoodwoman- Great insights! Its true that manipulation and rebellion in all its various forms are as the sin of witchcraft. Both woman and men are both guilty of this. I heard teaching that says that the spirit of Jezebel, often manifests itself it a woman who would use seductive charm to control or manipulate Godly men who are leaders. These type of people use their influence to get control of important areas with churches and then proceed to intimidate leaders and threaten to divide the church if they don't get their way.- Blessings-WBA


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onegoodwoman 5 years ago from A small southern town Author

Wba108,

Thanks for coming by and reading.

I think the same " spirit" resides

in all of us. It is how we use it,

to manipulate others or to build them

up.

Hope to see you on another HUB!


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celafoe 3 years ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

while most of what you have written has validity you must remember that the spirit of jezebel is an evil spirit and is not just found in women. It is the spirit of usurpation.

Also note jezebel WAS NOT the problem. Ahab was the problem because he was the most evil man ever he allowed her to usurp his authority rather than deal with the problem. His sin with her was to allow her to continue-- he was king his word was law even unto death so he has no excuse

and that is one of the big problems today men allow women to usurp their authority and many just walk away rather than doing what is needed because it is easier to walk away than to solve the conflict. And today the children are paying for it.. Just like their family did.

and it is not just the men that do this. Men and women allow their chidren to usurp their authorityand other examples of usurpation can be seen everywhere in life.

wake up world usurpation and inaction are destroying many.

are you usurping?

are you allowing things that you are not supposed to allow?

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