Jezebel's Portrait of God

  I was having a conversation with one of the pastors I met recently. I was recounting how some people make it seem like I’m doing God a big favor by serving Him. I always tell them – “Hey, I know what happened to Jonah. God’s a lot bigger than I am; I tell Him, ‘Yes, Sir, I’ll go!’
     The pastor responded, “We don’t have to obey God, that’s Old Covenant.”
     My mind immediately did a fast forward into the New Covenant, specifically to the New Testament book of Revelation, chapter 2, verses 20-23. Here we see God admonishing those who tolerate the spirit of Jezebel. We are being shown a spiritual Nineveh and God proclaims that unless there is repentance, a turning from sin, He will “kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he who searches the reins and hearts: and I will give to every one of you according to your works” – (verse 23).
     I can see Jezebel now in her short, low cut red dress sitting in a pew somewhere mumbling to herself, “Oh, come now, that’s not God. We don’t have to obey Him – that’s the Old Covenant.”
     There was an article in a national magazine I saw several years ago; a pictorial survey of people’s views of God. One photograph showed a prostitute on her bed in rapt worship. Her comment was- “God doesn’t judge anybody.” She could have easily added – “That’s Old Covenant.”
     The New Testament boldly proclaims that “whoremongers and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4). It is a tactic of the Jezebel spirit to eradicate all fear of God and the consequences of disobedience. As a result her followers are more prone to sexual sin.
     As God’s Word depicts, poor Jezebel and her followers are facing horrific consequences for their disobedience and are promised “great tribulation” as a result of their rebellion.
     We can see that it is a characteristic of the Jezebel influenced church to paint a portrait of God that is drastically different from the one that is illustrated directly from the Scriptures. In the distorted version that Jezebel paints, God does not punish, even though the Word proclaims that we will reap what we sow - “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap” - Galatians 6:7. And those who are not corrected by God are viewed as “bastards” - illegitimate children. "But if you be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then you are bastards, and not sons" - Hebrews 12:8.
     It’s true that God has always given people free will and we can choose life or death - "I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live" - Deuteronomy 30:19. We may not have to obey God – but we are fools if we don’t. The people of Nineveh wisely took Jonah’s warning and repented. May we also have the wisdom to recognize that Jezebel’s portrait of God is an abstract likeness and not be fooled by the pigments of her deceptions.

Copyright 2010 by H.D. Shively

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