By Rev. Dr. Teresa Allissa Citro

Founder and President of Thread of Hope, Inc.

“His wife Jezebel said to him, “Aren’t you king of Israel? Get up, eat, and cheer up. I’ll give you the vineyard belonging to Naboth from Jezreel.” -1 Kings 21:7

“I will give you the vineyard.” What a statement. I wonder if Ahab knew his wife would bring disaster to him and his children? Talk about a horrible and evil wife, Jezebel takes first prize. There’s a saying, “Behind every great man, there’s a great woman.” For King Ahab this was not true. Jezebel contributed greatly to the disaster and downfall of her husband, her children, and ultimately, herself.

King Ahab, wanted the land owned by Naboth. Naboth didn’t want to sell his ancestors land. Ahab went home sulking. Jezebel took matters into her evil hands. She was going to forcefully take that which didn’t belong to her, “To give her husband.” She came up with a wicked and evil plan. She set up Naboth. She had him become a leader, and then she had two men lie about him, which resulted in Naboth’s murder.

One would think a great wife would be encouraging her husband by telling him God has greater lands for him to have, higher heights to climb, partnering with him to achieve just that, helping him be the king he should be, leaving legacies. However, Jezebel did not do that. Instead, she tells him she would give him something that didn’t belong to her, bringing disaster to him, their children, and herself. What’s even sicker was he doesn’t ask her how she was going to do it. He knew his wife. He knew what she was capable of, and he knew she was a murderer. Yet, he doesn’t say anything. He just lets her create havoc in the life of an innocent man and bring disaster and death upon his own household. All because he desired that which didn’t belong to him and couldn’t take no for an answer. He didn’t have the common sense to stop his evil wife. What a foolish and shameless man.

Naboth was killed by the lies the two men said who were hired by Jezebel. Jezebel told her husband, “Hurry up, Naboth is dead go take your land.” Ahab, immediately, gets up and goes to take the land, never asking questions, and obviously, knowing what she had done. He wasn’t banking on God watching this whole thing nor was God going to look the other way at this evil committed by Jezebel and the acceptance by Ahab.

Friends, sometimes it looks like the lies said against us are believed. Even more hurtful is when people believe and take which is said and take it to the next level: The assassination of our character and reputation. We sometimes find that all of a sudden, those who used to be in our circle are now our enemies. We are innocent and have been set up by lies, deception, and manipulation. And nobody is asking questions. They just allow, accept, and participate in the slander and the gossip.