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Covetousness: Deflecting Sin & Greed In Today’s Times

Jezebel: A Biblical Narrative of Greed and Downfall

The story of Jezebel, a woman in the Bible who orchestrated the killing for land, is a tale that resonates with themes of greed, manipulation, and the ultimate consequences of such actions. This narrative is found in the First and Second Books of Kings in the Bible.  Jezebel and her unquenchable greed for Naboth’s vineyard is a stark reminder of the destructive power of covetousness. This narrative, serves as a cautionary tale for Christians today, urging us to resist the temptations of greed and injustice.

The Sin of Covetousness Jezebel’s actions were driven by a desire to acquire what did not rightfully belong to her or her husband, King Ahab. This covetousness is condemned throughout Scripture, as seen in Hebrews 13:5, which instructs us to keep our lives free from the love of money and be content with what we have1. Similarly, Luke 12:15 warns us to be on guard against all kinds of greed, for life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.

Jezebel’s story is particularly highlighted in the account of Naboth’s vineyard. Ahab, Jezebel’s husband, desired Naboth’s vineyard for himself. When Naboth refused to sell it, Jezebel deceitfully arranged for false witnesses to accuse Naboth of blasphemy, leading to his execution and the unlawful acquisition of his land.

The moral downfall of Jezebel and Ahab is marked by Divine judgment. The prophet Elijah prophesied that Jezebel would meet a gruesome end, which came to pass as she was thrown from a window and her body was consumed by dogs.

The Pursuit of Integrity As followers of Christ, we are called to pursue a life of integrity, walking uprightly and surely as stated in Proverbs 10:93. We must strive to be like the poor who walk in their uprightness rather than the rich who are perverse in their ways, as highlighted in Proverbs 28:63. Our actions and decisions should reflect the integrity of the upright, which guides them, rather than the perverseness of transgressors, which destroys them, as mentioned in Proverbs 11:33.

Justice Over Sacrifice The pursuit of justice is more pleasing to the Lord than sacrifice, as declared in Proverbs 21:34. We must seek to do what is right and just, defending the oppressed and pleading for the widow, as instructed in Isaiah 1:174. This call to justice is a fundamental aspect of our Christian Walk, emphasizing the importance of righteous actions over mere religious rituals.

Reflective Questions

  • How can we guard our hearts against the sin of covetousness in a materialistic world?
  • In what ways can we actively pursue integrity in our daily lives?
  • What steps can we take to ensure that justice prevails in our spheres of influence?

Thoughts to Take Away

The story of Jezebel serves as a powerful warning against the corrupting influence of power and the importance of adhering to God’s commandments. It teaches us that the pursuit of selfish desires at the expense of others leads to destruction, both in this life and beyond. Let us take to heart the lessons of this biblical account and strive to live in a manner that honors God and respects the dignity of our fellow human beings.

The tale of Jezebel is not merely a historical account; it is a living lesson for us today. As Christians, we must examine our hearts and actions, ensuring they align with the teachings of Christ. Let us embrace contentment, practice integrity, and advocate for justice, knowing that these virtues are the true treasures in the Kingdom of God.

“Dear LORD, we come before You, reflecting on the story of Jezebel and the stark reminders it brings of the perils of greed and corruption, we acknowledge the temptations that surround us, the lure of material wealth, and the subtle whispers of greed. Help us, O Lord, to resist these temptations and to live lives marked by Your righteousness. May we walk in integrity, seek justice, and love mercy, reflecting Your heart in all that we do, all that we say, and may we be your humble servants doing Your will all the days of our lives, in Jesus’ name, Amen.”


C D SWANSON is an Author of 22 plus books, freelance writer, contributor to various websites, including The Bottom Line Ministries/Faith News. She's an active member of Faithwriters- and has her online website/ministry for over 15 years. It is her greatest joy to write what’s in her heart, and thus her favorite form of expression is in her devotionals. She and her husband share a deep love of God and dote on their fur baby Mickey. Retired Director from Long Term Healthcare Industry, she continues to be an advocate for many. To check out other writings of this author you can go here:

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  1. I think one of the ways to combat covetousness is to hold our stuff lightly and look for opportunities to give away what is not needed, which hopefully, as we age, is less and less. Thanks Camille, well written.

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