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Yeah, its Mother’s Day!. What does a godly women look like?. Beauty Appearance Image = godliness. The World says:. The has church bought the LIE!. The Question. WHAT IS A GODLY WOMAN LIKE? OR WHAT THE WOMAN OF GOD IS NOT BUT…. WHAT THE WOMAN OF GOD IS NOT BUT….
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Beauty Appearance Image = godliness The World says:
The Question WHAT IS A GODLY WOMAN LIKE? OR WHAT THE WOMAN OF GOD IS NOT BUT…
WHAT THE WOMAN OF GOD IS NOT BUT… • TERRIBLE IN/WITH RELATIONSHIPS • TERRORIZE GODLINESS • THREATEN THE PEOPLE OF GOD • TRUST ABANDONED • TREACHERY UPHELD • TEACHINGS IGNORED • TOTALLY FOCUSED ON SELF
Relationship are effected by: a. Genetics b. Environment c. Society I. TERRIBLE IN/WITH RELATIONSHIPS
I. TERRIBLE IN/WITH RELATIONSHIPS 1 Kings 16:28-31 • Ahab treated the sins of his predecessors as trivial - קָלַל qalal (a light thing)v.31 • Jezebel’s father (Ethbaal – Baal is alive. He murdered his predecessor/priest to the pagan gods Astarte and Melquart ) • No more notorious husband and wife team is known in all sacred Scripture (cf. 21:25-26).
Moses’ parents “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents…” (Heb 11:23a) RIGHT RELATIONSHIPS
II. TERRORIZE GODLINESS 1 Kings 18:1-4 • This family’s life and actions grew progressively worse terrorizing the people of YHWH • Jezebel destroyed the prophets of the LORD • Result: Obadiah feared the LORD greatly
Deborah (the prophetess & Barak) BATTLE Sisera (and his multitude of fighters and iron chariots) (Judg. 4-5) RIGHT UNDERSTANDING OF GODLINESS
III. THREATEN THE PEOPLE OF GOD 1 Kings 19:1-4 • Jezebel is afraid to confront the man of God in person (sends a messenger) • Jezebel gives the man of God (Elijah) 24 hrs to (1) leave (2) die • Jezebel had the power and wherewith all to kill Elijah but she wanted even more to discredit Elijah and his God (before all the new converts who has aided Elijah in executing prophets of Baal)
Rahab “By faith…she welcomed the spies in peace.” (Heb.11:31) RIGHT WITH THE PEOPLE OF GOD
IV. TRUST ABANDONED 1 Kings 21:1-15 • Jezebel found Ahab sulking in bed (showing his real character) thus she decided she would handle matters (re: Naboth) herself • “turned away/pouted” (v.4) סָבַב (sawbab) speaks of turning one’s face (to the wall) • Jezebel can only be described as an unscrupulous double dealer (who uses Ahab’s signet ring which implies “he knew” and agreed) creates a letter (a plan) of conspiracy
Sarah “By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised.” (Heb 11:11) RIGHT TRUST
V. TREACHERY UPHELD 1 Kings 21:25-26 • “committed” or “…who sold himself…” (v.25) • מָכַר (makkar) – means: to sell (slavery, rights) • “…his wife incited (or urged) him…” (v.25) • סות (sur) - means: to instigate (mislead) • “He acted very abominably (or wickedly)” (v.26) • תָּעַב (taab) – means: to utterly abhor
Queen Esther "For how can I endure to see the calamity which will befall my people, and how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred?" (Esth 8:6) RIGHT REACTION TO TREACHERY
VI. TEACHINGS IGNORED 2 Kings 9:21-22 • Ahab guilty of participating in the instituting and propagating of Baal worship (Israel) • Fact: Learn from the past or repeat it • …“her witchcrafts (or idolatry and pagan practices) are so many?” • ֶּשֶׁף (kesheph) – means: sorcery
Priscilla (and Aquila) taught the great Apollos (the Alexandrian) the Word of God (Acts 18:24-26) RIGHT TEACHINGS
VII. TOTALLY FOCUSED ON SELF 2 Kings 9:30-37 • Jezebel was no mere woman, she was (1) of royal blood (2) a queen and (3) ruthless in pursuing her goals (21:11-15) • The fate of Jezebel is given in 2 Kgs.9:36; marked by lack of burial (sign of disgrace) • God controls everything including the final judgment on unbelief
Mary (the mother of Jesus) “…My soul exalts the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.” (Lk 1:46-47) RIGHT FOCUS ON SELF
WHAT WAS THE RESULT OF THIS WOMAN (JEZEBEL)? 2 Kings 9:36e-37 • Try to Serve two masters: Baal or YHWH (bad decisions led to the downfall of the Northern Kingdom) • Jezebel is undaunted by the demonstration of God’s exclusive power
WOMEN OF GOD POSSESSED (3) COMMON FACTORS • Love for God (Deut.6:5; Matt.22:37) • Love for People (Lev.19:18; Mtt.5:43) • Love for God’s Word (Isa.40:8; 1 Pet.1:25)
CHALLENGE! • Which personality best characterizes your life, Jezebel (HV) or these women of God (DV)? • If we were to ask your spouse, what would he say? • Is we were to ask your kids, what would they say?