Monday, May 2, 2016

Omer 2016 Day 10: Jezebel

Day 10: Tiferet in Gevurah, Beauty in Power
Futurama's Bender sings a folk song about a beautiful, unfaithful woman named Jezebel

The name Jezebel is largely regarded as shorthand for a beautiful, seductive, dangerous/evil woman. In the Tanakh, Jezebel, a Phoenician princess and the wife of King Ahab, was notorious for leading the Israelites into idolatry, specifically worshiping Baal (1 Kings 16:31) and killing God's prophets (1 Kings 18:4). It is noted that Ahab was worse than all the kings of Israel before him (1 Kings 16:33), a fact that is credited to Jezebel's bad influence. She is pretty much the worst.

What do we learn from Jezebel? We learn that beauty can wield a lot of power, but, like Potiphar's wife yesterday, it is a power that must be used responsibly.