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The Idolatry of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel

King Ahab and Queen Jezebel’s reign in ancient Israel emphasizes the dangers of idolatry. King Ahab was greatly influenced by his wife, Queen    Jezebel, to turn away from worshipping God and to serve the false god, baal. Ahab’s marriage to Jezebel as well as his construction of a temple in Samaria for baal, ignited God’s anger (1Kings 16:31-33).

Jezebel had the prophets of God killed as an act of worship to the false god baal and intensified the idolatry in Israel.  The prophet Elijah challenged this idolatry and demonstrated God’s power over the power of baal on Mount  Carmel (1 Kings 18:20-40).

King Ahab and Queen Jezebel faced the retribution of God for their idolatry and wickedness. Ahab died in battle, as prophesied (1 Kings 22:37-38).     Jezebel was thrown from a window, trampled by horses, and devoured by dogs, fulfilling Elijah’s prophecy (2 Kings 9:30-37).

The story of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel serves as a warning of how idolatry can lead to spiritual and moral decay, yet it also serves as a reminder of the need for unwavering devotion to the one true God, Yahweh.

“You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3

The Fruit of Idolatry

Idolatry is the worship of something or someone other than God. Idolatry is rooted in psychological, cultural and spiritual factors: Human nature of tangibility, Cultural traditions, feelings of comfort and connection to something divine, control and influence and/or power.

This idolatry leads to fruit that is seen in: moral and spiritual decline, corruption, dependency, distraction, social division, social conflict, manipulation and/or exploitation of others, loss of genuine worship, materialism, despair, and disillusionment.

How do we overcome IDOLATRY?

1.  RECOGNIZE the IDOLATRY is there

2. REPENT for coming into agreement with IDOLATRY

3. LET GO of the hurt and pain by forgiving those who have tempted you into IDOLATRY

4. LET GOD help you walk a new way now that you have repented and forgiven

Learn more about how to walk out this journey through our Trace Modeling curriculum at: 

by Angela Aberle
Image by Chapman Chow