Presentation Ministries
 Presentation Ministries
View Cart  ·  Make a Donation  ·  About PM  ·  Contact Us   
Search: PM Catholic Sites   
 Home 
One Bread
One Body
Daily Bread
Program
Small Christian
Communities
Publications
Audio & Video
Catalog
Retreats
Bible
Institute
Guadalupe
Bible College
 Prayer 
Room

One Bread, One Body

Language: English | Español

All Issues > Volume 20, Issue 4


<< Monday, June 14, 2004 >>
 
1 Kings 21:1-16
View Readings
Psalm 5 Matthew 5:38-42
Similar Reflections
 
Please read: Donations appeal letter
 

JEZEBELS

 
"They sent the information to Jezebel that Naboth had been stoned to death." —1 Kings 21:14
 

Jezebel was about as mean a person as you can find. She put out a contract on Naboth and had him killed just to use his vineyard as a vegetable garden for her husband, Ahab. As the king of Israel, Ahab could have had a hundred vegetable gardens, but he wanted the spot Naboth owned because it was convenient. So, Jezebel had Naboth murdered for nothing more than convenience.

When we see people like Jezebel, our first reaction is to wonder how a person could be so mean. We presume we are not like that, yet the fact is: we all have a Jezebel inside us. But for God's grace, we'd do the same or worse than Jezebel. We should first react to a Jezebel by getting the plank of sin out of our own eyes (Mt 7:5).

Often, our next reaction to the Jezebels in our world is what we call "defense." We reason that if some people are going to be so vicious, we must protect and defend ourselves. However, Elijah's reaction to Jezebel was not defense, but prophecy (see 1 Kgs 21:17ff) and discipleship. He finally defeated Jezebel and Ahab by making Elisha his disciple and by anointing Hazael and Jehu through Elisha and his disciples (1 Kgs 19:15-17).

In summary, when we see mean and vicious people, our reaction should be repentance, prophecy, and discipleship.

 
Prayer: Father, give me supernatural reactions and not just natural ones.
Promise: "Hearken to my words, O Lord, attend to my sighing. Heed my call for help, my king and my God!" —Ps 5:2-3
Praise: When Sarah finally let go of an unforgiveness in her life, she saw God do more than she had ever asked for or imagined (Eph 3:20).
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert A. Stricker, December 13, 2003
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 18, 2003
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
Volume 20, Issue 4
  > Today's Reflection
  · List of Reflections
  · Letter to Readers
  · Top 100 Scriptures
  · RSS FeedRSS Feed
  · eBook Edition
 
Subscription Requests
  · Subscribe, change, renew or cancel subscription
  · Sign-up for OBOB daily e-mail
 
Share OBOB
  · Send a sample issue to a friend
  · Order a box of OBOB for your group
  · E-mail a sample OBOB teaching to a friend

 

 

 
Home   ·   One Bread
One Body
  ·   Daily Bread
Program
  ·   Small Christian
Communities
  ·   Publications   ·   Audio & Video
Catalog
  ·   Retreats   ·   Bible
Institute
  ·   Guadalupe
Bible College
  ·   Prayer
Room
 

Copyright © 2016 Presentation Ministries.
 
Make a Donation · About PM · Contact Us · Link To Us · Privacy Policy