2020 Lent devotion #22 – Blood on the wall
When Jehu came to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it. And she painted her eyes and adorned her head and looked out of the window. And as Jehu entered the gate, she said, “Is it peace, you Zimri, murderer of your master?” And he lifted up his face to the window and said, “Who is on my side? Who?” Two or three eunuchs looked out at him. He said, “Throw her down.” So they threw her down. And some of her blood spattered on the wall and on the horses, and they trampled on her. (2 Kings 9:30-33)
That’s a gruesome scene, isn’t it? You know you’re not popular when your own personal attendants throw you out the window! But if you know the whole story of Jezebel, she had it coming. A devout worshiper of Baal, she killed many prophets of the Lord and if she could have caught him, would have killed Elijah. She arranged for the death of Nabal so her husband Ahab could have his vineyard. In response to her horrendous behavior, God had actually said, “The dogs shall eat Jezebel within the walls of Jezreel” (1 Kings 21:23). She would die a horrible, bloody, dishonorable death.
Fodder for an inspirational devotion? Perhaps. The northern kingdom of Israel never did have any good, faithful kings. All abandoned God for the worship of Baal, until the entire nation was destroyed and scattered by Assyria. Only a remnant, the southern kingdom of Judah, remained. God preserved that small portion of his chosen people through a Babylonian invasion and exile. Upon their return, God preserved them as a people until generations later, a new king, Jesus, would be born. Finally, a faithful, righteous and just king!
Yet he would die a horrible, bloody and dishonorable death on a cross! How could that be?
It was part of the plan. Someone born of a woman would crush the head of the serpent (Gen. 3), but not till he had first been bitten. Only in death and then resurrection would there be an answer to death and it’s sting, sin (1 Cor. 15). In both cases, a little blood had to flow to get rid of some evil.
Thank you for going through all that for me, Lord. Amen.