Sunday, March 9, 2014

In the Shadow of Jezebel

“In the Shadow of Jezebel” by Mesu Andrews takes us to Israel in 843 BC. Princess Jehosheba is the daughter of Jehoram, King of Judah and has been raised as the daughter of Queen Athaliah who is the daughter of Jezebel. Jehosheba has been trained to be a priestess in the temple of Baal but when a letter from the dead prophet Elijah brings bad news to King Jehoram her future is changed forever. Jehosheba is forced to marry Yahweh’s high priest so that Athaliah and Jezebel can one day rule the nation and turn everyone away from Yahweh and to the temple of Baal. Jehosheba does not trust anyone and fears her new husband, Jehoiada. Jehoiada trusts that Yahweh will help him to show Jehosheba that he is a loving husband and that Yahweh is the one true God. With time and compassion Jehosheba becomes a follower of Yahweh and learns what true love really is.

This is not a story I remembered from the Bible and I loved the fact that the author included the Bible verses at the beginning of each chapter. This story shows us that when we do not keep God’s commandments He will punish us. He punished King Jehoram and all of Jezebel’s family because of their worship of false gods. We must always remember that even though God is a loving and forgiving God He is also a jealous God. This was an amazing book and Mesu Andrews brings the Old Testament to life and paints a picture of what life was like during that time. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Revell.

1 comment:

  1. The rest of the story about God is in the New Testament which tells us of HIS NEW COVENANT...where He declares us NOT GUILTY in his mercy. (Romans 3:24) He sent His beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to bear our griefs and carry our sorrows. (Isaiah 53) I realized how deep the love of the Creator God was when I realized in the Garden of Eden, God never "cursed" man for his disobedience but declared the consequences of their disobedience. (Genesis 3) Yet, HE also promised (covenant) ONE (Jesus) who would victoriously come against our enemy, the serpent devil, have victory of life over death, and make many to be accounted righteous (Is 53:11). There is a wrath to come - the judgment - but through JESUS, "(1 Thessalonians 1:10), we are saved from the wrath to come". The rest of the story is the VICTORY of obedience (righteousness) we have IN CHRIST where God places those who receive His Son. John 1:12 Jesus paid it all...and through HIM, we do not need to fear punishment. That fills us with such gratitude that we long to "serve the living God" (Titus 3:3-8) and (1 Thess 1:9) No more dread. No more fear. Jesus paid it all.