Wednesday, April 2, 2014

In the Shadow of Jezebel

In a kingdom controlled by cruel and manipulative women, one princess will discover the power of truth and love.
Trained as a priestess in the temple of Baal, Princess Jehosheba strives to please the demanding Queen Athaliah, daughter of Jezebel. But when a mysterious letter from the dead prophet Elijah predicts doom for the royal household, Jehosheba realizes that the dark arts she practices reach far beyond the realm of earthly governments. 
Forced to marry Yahweh's high priest in order to further Athaliah and Jezebel's power plays, Jehosheba enters the unfamiliar world of Yahweh's Temple. Can her new husband show her the truth and love she craves? And can Jehosheba overcome her fear and save the family--and the nation--she loves?
With deft skill, Mesu Andrews brings the Old Testament to life, revealing a fascinating story of the power of unconditional love.
Princess Jehosheba did not want to marry Yehweh's High Preist Jehoiada but through this story from the Old Testament I was reminded that God's plan is bigger and better than ours! I am often guilty of bypassing the Old Testament and reading the New Testament as I find it "more relavant" to my life. However after reading this book I am reminded that the Old Testament is full of demonstrations of God'd faithfulness, forgiveness, love and judgement. I cannot do justice to expressing how much I loved and enjoyed reading this book so I am just going to end with some quotes that really stood out to me when reading In the Shadow of Jezebel...
"Your anger, my friend, has become an idol every bit as real as Asherah or Baal. You must choose to destroy it before it destroys you.... And yet you willfully choose anger over reason, anger over prayer, anger over forgiveness.... Your anger has become an idol... Destroy it before it destroys you..." (pg. 317)

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed reading your post and being reminded of some good quotes! I read Colossians 1:24-25 today and wondered if believers today consider what they are enduring to be..."in the flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is the make the WORD of God fully known".
    We so often like God's plans IF they are success and well-being, but afflictions take on a different perspective, making many turn away from faithfulness. Jehosheba is a prime example of submitting to the will of God and showing us how God can do the unexpected through those who willingly give of themselves.
    Thank you for reminding me again of this sweet servant! And your last often we need to learn to PRAY as our first "work" (affliction?) for others and for the Word of God to be fully known in those in the battle!
    Thanks again for your post!