Now when Jehu had come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she put paint on her eyes and adorned her head, and looked through a window. Then, as Jehu entered at the gate, she said, “Is it peace, Zimri, murderer of your master?” And he looked up at the window, and said, “Who is on my side? Who?” So two or three eunuchs looked out at him. Then he said, “Throw her down.” So they threw her down, and some of her blood spattered on the wall and on the horses; and he trampled her underfoot. And when he had gone in, he ate and drank. Then he said, “Go now, see to this accursed woman, and bury her, for she was a king’s daughter.” So they went to bury her, but they found no more of her than the skull and the feet and the palms of her hands. Therefore they came back and told him. And he said, “This is the word of the Lord, which He spoke by His servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, ‘On the plot of ground at Jezreel dogs shall eat the flesh of Jezebel; and the corpse of Jezebel shall be as refuse on the surface of the field, in the plot at Jezreel, so that they shall not say, ‘Here lies Jezebel.’” (2 Kings 9:30-37)
Evil Tyrants Will Not Last
History is filled with the horror of war as nations plunge the world into chaos, death and destruction. The generation of the Second World War is quickly passing away. These brave people lived in a time when the world was literally at war with one another. In America there was great fear as to the outcome. Hindsight does not give the sense of fear that pervaded the nation when battle fields were drawn all around the world. Reports coming in from the fighting listed tens of thousands of young men and women dying. This was death on a global scale. The threat of the Third Reich to the east and the horror of the Japanese Empire to the west were incomprehensible. There was never a time in the history of man that so much death ruled the world.
The end of the European conflict came on May 8, 1945 and with the final surrender of Japan on September 2, 1945. Since then the world has plunged into war repeatedly with fear today of ISIS and terrorist. Despots have risen in our life time that brings fear. America has been rocked with the events of 911. Through the media we have witnessed beheadings, massacres and war again on a global scale. Is there hope? Can we find an answer to this terrible feeling of doom?
Turning to the stories of the Old Testament an eternal principle is repeated over and over. During the reign of Ahab and Jezebel the people of Israel suffered terribly. There were few people who were as wicked as Ahab and Jezebel. Filling the land with the worship of idols they murdered any who stood in their way. In Jezreel a man named Naboth was murdered so the king could have a vegetable garden. This did not go unnoticed by the Lord and through the prophet Elijah Ahab and Jezebel were warned that punishment would come. Ahab died by the hand of an unknown archer who shot an arrow at random striking Ahab between the joints of his armor. Later Jehu, newly anointed king of Israel, came to Jezreel and had Jezebel thrown from an upper window where he trampled her under foot. When they came to bury her there was little left to find. Justice had found its mark. Ahab and Jezebel came to an end.
The judgment of the Lord is unchanged for our modern world. We see the threat of doom all around us wondering how long it will endure. There has always been the plague of wickedness but righteousness always triumphs. Darkness can never overtake light. Sin will grow worse and worse but judgment will come. It always comes. The evil that men do today will take the lives of many people but judgment will come. It will last for a time but then it will be destroyed. It always has been and it always will. The hope for the Christian is not to live in the fear of what man will do. It is the joy of knowing that even in death there is joy for those who live for the King of Kings. The people of God should not look upon the chaos of the world with eyes of fear but rather hearts of sorrow. Evil brings misery. The gospel brings hope and joy. Evil men will be punished. Man will never dominate the world with the supremacy of evil. God will never allow that. For that I am so very thankful. Now that is a great story.
The judgment of God is executed not only at the end of history, it is executed periodically in history. (Reinhold Niebuhr, Beyond Tragedy, 1937)