I was privy to a situation that taught me firsthand about a Jezebel demon. Most people think this is a spirit that entices men sexually and gets them into trouble. Yes, that’s part of it, but it’s much more insidious than that. Even though it has a female title, it’s not gender specific and though it goes after those in positions of authority, it also tries to bribe ordinary Christian believers in various sneaky ways. I’m going to tell you a true story to illustrate how it works and what the Bible says we can do about it.
When I walked into work, my friend Lupe was staring at a difficult-looking sample to match. Where did it come from? Well, not from her boss. It came from a middle management fellow and it was for a personal job, not for the company we worked for.
She avoided it for a week and she told me she wasn’t feeling very comfortable with it. She didn’t even like the fellow who asked her to do it. She was really double-minded about even starting it and then told me, “I’ll just find a close match as fast as I can and that’ll be it.” We got busy and a couple weeks went by. Then out of nowhere the female purchasing agent, Delia, came to Lupe and asked how the “special” sample was going. The fellow with the original request had called the purchasing agent to facilitate the completion of the sample.
Lupe was furious. She didn’t like the idea of doing the sample in the first place since it wasn’t a legitimate job. It was something she was just supposed to sneak in on the side. And now she was being seduced and pressured by Delia to get it done. She fumed and complained all day long. But she began the sample and it took several hours. It was a tricky one and everything that could go wrong, did. Then we heard that the boss was coming in. Lupe grabbed all evidence of the sample and hid it.
She had never ever done anything like that before. She’d always been very honest in her dealings at work. But Delia had pestered her so much, Lupe gave in and did something that was dishonest. Now she was caught in the trap. They had a secret. If Lupe didn’t say anything to our boss, then Delia would always have this trump card over Lupe’s head, and could use it whenever she needed to make sure Lupe knew who was really in control. Now Delia had power over Lupe, which is exactly what a Jezebel spirit wants—CONTROL and POWER.
A Jezebel spirit operating in a person will always try to get them to join into a secret illegal bonding. With men, this Jezebel spirit will use the power of sexual passions to lure and then control the man. To a woman having this spirit in her, a man doesn’t even have to have physical contact, if a seductive glance of her eyes will do the job of capturing and controlling him enough to get what she wants.
The first mention of Jezebel in the Bible is seen with the manipulative wife of King Ahab. The Jezebel demon has existed way before the woman named Jezebel came along. But she is a noteworthy prototype, and thus the name, “Jezebel spirit.” She caused over ten million Hebrews to bow to Baal and to kill God’s prophets. This one spirit was responsible for corrupting an entire nation. It is intensely ambitious, but it doesn’t want to be the King, it wants to be the sneaky shadow, controlling the King, as it keeps its packet of secret alliances ready for use whenever it wants something. Jezebel is a master at blackmail.
Proverbs 5:3 tells us: “The lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil.” And Proverbs 7:5: “Keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.” In both of these verses, the word “stranger” is a Hebrew word meaning “a stranger to the truth, an alien, and enemy, one who turns aside.”
When I saw these verses I was reminded of Delia. She has an unusually sweet, quiet, soft way of speaking—very compelling. One time she came up to me and whispered softly, “I think I put that big gouge in the floor. Do you think you could fix it without the boss seeing it?” I thought that was a little strange. I thought, “If the boss wants me to fix it, just tell him and he can authorize it. Otherwise I’ll just keep doing what I’m hired to do.” And I never did a thing about it and never mentioned it again. At the time I had no idea what she was up to, but just glad the Holy Spirit in me didn’t let me get trapped by tha sweet voice!
Deuteronomy 13:6 tells us about the Jezebel spirit: “If thy brother, or thy son or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known.” That pretty much says it right there. The gods who are other than the true God are the ones who want us to do dishonest things: Things like stealing time, lying about things, hiding things—all those things that we intuitively know are bad. But with the clever enticement of a close relative or a friend, this Jezebel spirit knows all the right words to get us off track enough to do something that could easily come back to bite us later if we don’t chop it’s head off immediately.
Proverbs 23:27 tells us: “A strange woman is a narrow pit.” In other words, a tough one to get out of. First Corinthians puts it another way: “What? Know ye not that he which is joined to a harlot is one body? For two, saith he, shall be one flesh.” Second Corinthians says, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness?” Just one hook-up with evil can take us down a long dark rabbit hole!
Proverbs 7:21-27: “With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him. He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life. Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.”
“Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.”
So, what does the Bible say we are to do about a Jezebel when it comes at us?
Proverbs 2:10-11 and 16 give us part of the answer: “When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee, to deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words.” “Disgression” is translated from a Hebrew word that means “a plan, craftiness.” Jesus tells us: “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matt. 10:16).
Where it says “understanding shall keep thee,” the word “keep” means to “preserve and guard from danger.” Now that you understand something about a Jezebel demon, you can make a plan to keep yourself from danger.
Proverbs 5:8 tells us: “Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house.” Second Corinthians 6:17 corroborates what Proverbs says: “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”
There’s another point that’s really important here. Deuteronomy 13:8 tells us: “Neither shall thine eye pity him.” This demon elicits pity from its prey. Because the person exhibiting the Jezebel spirit talks so nicely and seems like such a gentle and wonderful person, we are tempted to feel sorry for them and be nicer toward them, but God says don’t do it.
The way God has made for these people to get delivered from these demons is to be exposed and made naked. When exposed, they get so ashamed that they can actually, at that time, be delivered. See Hosea 2:5 and 19, Ezekiel 16 and 32.
There are many more examples of unholy alliances, and Jezebel demons luring good people down bad paths. The record of Samson and Delilah comes to mind.
I hope that this article has helped you. For me, once I saw Jezebel operating in real life, and took the time to study it in the Bible, I feel I have a much greater awareness of what’s going on and now I know exactly what to do about it.
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