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You Tolerate the Woman Jezebel

August 31, 2012

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You Tolerate  the Woman Jezebel

God’s love,  patience,  and faithfulness  towards those  in the church  are amazing.     And yet,  few even care to think  about that.     Many seem  to just wander  through life oblivious  to their need  to stay close  to God  for the sake  of their very own eternal life.     It’s like they’re clueless  about the consequences  of what they attach themselves to  in this life.

In the greatest love,  Christ Jesus  gives serious warnings  to those wandering  from the truths  of God.     Because Christ’s sacrifice  came at such a great price,  and it offers us  the free gift  of eternal life,  our Lord  does not want us  to waste  His grace  and end up condemning ourselves eternally.     That is why  the first three chapters  of the book  of Revelation record Jesus’ warnings  to the churches.     Every one of those warnings  is essential  to our well-being.

The warning  in Revelation 2:18-29  is to the church in Thyatira.     There Jesus acknowledges  some of the good things  that church  had done.     But,  His word  of warning  to them applies  to every single Christian  of today.     Jesus warns everyone  in Revelation 2:20,

But  I have this against you,  that you tolerate  the woman Jezebel,  who calls herself a prophetess,  and she teaches and leads  My bond-servants astray,  so that  they commit acts  of immorality  and eat things sacrificed  to idols.

The Jezebel  in the Old Testament  was considered  the most wicked woman  in the Bible.     She was so committed  to idolatry  that she did all  within her power  to drag all  of Israel  into idolatry  and immorality.     She manipulated her husband,  Ahab,  and had Naboth killed  so they could take over his land.    She tried  to kill the prophet Elijah.     Her story in 1 Kings  reveals  her evil intents  and demise.

Therefore,  the name  “Jezebel”  is a common reference  to what is extremely evil.     That is why  Jesus used  that name  in His warning  to the church.     From the very beginning,  there have always been  evil people,  who call themselves  prophets or prophetesses.    Their very intent is  to lead people away  from the truths  of God.     These false prophets  might be  in a totally different religion — or  they might make out  like they are Christians  of some sort.

Whatever the case might be,  Jesus is warning  every Christian  that they should not  “tolerate  the woman Jezebel”.     The truths  of salvation  by faith  in Jesus  through God’s grace  must be held dear  by everyone  who wants  to live  in God’s grace.

Jesus does not want us to  “tolerate”  false teachings  of any sort.     False teachings are not innocent.     We cannot imagine  that we have  to be  “politically correct”  and accept  all teachings  as just another way  to heaven.     We cannot afford  to be cowardly  in confessing  the truths  of God’s word.     We cannot afford  to allow ourselves  to be suckered in  to any teaching  that does not profess  all  of God’s truths  as the Bible presents them.

We should never forget  that Jesus  will be everyone’s Judge  in the end.     When Jesus proclaimed  judgment against Jezebel,  He also said  in Revelation 2:23,

I am He  who searches  the minds and hearts,  and I will give  to each one  of you  according to your deeds.

Because God’s word  is so very plain  regarding  what is acceptable  in His sight,  no one can pretend  innocence.     He intimately knows  “the minds and hearts”  of absolutely everyone.

As we honestly  abide  in Christ Jesus,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You know our  “minds and hearts”.     Lead us  in the paths  of Your righteousness,  so we won’t have to be ashamed  on Judgment Day.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods

Pray for our country

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,  but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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