Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Jezebel Comes to Sunday School
Rev 2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. 21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. 22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. 23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.
Remember Jezebel? She was arguably the worst woman of the Bible. Delilah was a delight compared to this wicked witch of the north. She sissified her husband, invented imminent domain, persecuted Prophet Elijah and sunk Israel as low as she could go.
She is a symbol of corrupt leadership and degraded womanhood. If she were with us today, trick or treaters would be donning her mask more than any other.
Jesus invoked this despised name to let the church at Thyatira know how displeased He was with its teachers. They made use of ungodly teachers claiming the mantle of “prophetess” and drawing the church away from purity and soundness.
He warns that Jezebel's uncomely demise, eaten by dogs which left nothing of her but her palms and the bottoms of her feet, would be revisited upon these godless teachers of seduction.
The take away message here... churches need to stay true to the stuff and be careful the screen their teachers well.
Paul addressed the issue of teacher placement with Timothy, And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. 2 Tim 2:2
May God give our churches the wisdom to properly train our teachers so that the Great Commission is carried out according to God's prescription. May He give us the discernment to screen out the Jezebels who would subvert godly teaching.