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Ahab Married Jezebel

“Ahab not only considered it trivial to commit the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, but he also married Jezebel daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and began to serve Baal and worship him.” 1 Kings 16:31

Ahab wanted a queen whose father was a priest of Asherah. So Ahab went to the country he mistakenly thought was the center of Asherah worship, and brought home the king’s daughter.

Golden Calf found in the temple of Baalat

Ahab wanted to bring Asherah worship into the heart of his kingdom.

In 931 BC, fifty-seven years before Ahab became king, Jeroboam entered a form of Asherah worship because he was afraid of losing power. Jeroboam saw his citizens going to Jerusalem for the holidays and realized that walking in that city, rubbing their elbows on those old stones, looking inside the temple, would reawaken their allegiance to the king in Jerusalem. So he created golden calves in Dan and Bethel.

“It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here, Israel. These are the gods who brought you up out of Egypt.” 1 Kings 12:28

In 874 BC, when Ahab became king, Asherah and Moloch were old hat. Accepted as part of the scene. Over the past fifty-seven years, people had begun to forget about worshipping the Lord in Jerusalem and had begun to get used to worshipping Asherah and Moloch in Dan and Bethel.

Ahab saw how Asherah worship had helped King Ethbaal in Tyre to consolidate power and wealth in his own hands, so decided to bring it into the heart of the scene.

“Ahab not only considered it trivial to commit the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, but he also married Jezebel daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and began to serve Baal and worship him.” 1 Kings 16:31

Ahab wanted a queen whose father was a priest of Asherah. So Ahab went to the country he mistakenly thought was the center of Asherah worship, and brought home the king’s daughter.

He set up an altar for Baal in the temple of Baal that he built in Samaria. 1 Kings 16:32

Ahab thought he needed an Asherah temple of his very own, so he built one in Samarai, his capital.

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The Days of Elijah - a story

The Days of Elijah – a story