Do you have an Ahab?
Ahab is the permissive spirit who allows Jezebel to go wild and out of control. He is the authority figure that she gets her initial authority from. He may seem masculine in some ways, but he is passive toward her. There are some good resources on the web about Ahab, so I am merely referencing them, rather than repeating the information.
Basically, Ahab is a man who has no real male hormones….or refuses to act like a man, and assume responsibility. It almost seems like he was born missing a few body parts. He turns his head to what Jezebel does so he can somehow benefit from her pillaging of others. He is selfish, wimpy, and uncaring, and ignores the destruction. He looks to his Jezebel as his strength, and admires her. He may even think she is sexy, and will offer the souls up of others to stay near her. Maybe she is his wife, or his “lovely” colleague at work. This combination causes pain for others. She is a liar and a slanderer, and he personally does not care about anything she destroys.
Why do some men become Ahabs? They were not born that way! Ahab is a spirit also, and early childhood experiences come into line with this. A weak or missing male father figure, and an overbearing mother figure contribute to this. The man can be very intelligent, and social, but he will have neither the ethical character, nor the interest in stopping injustices. His lack of action produces a comfort zone, and he benefits from the Jezebels’ destructive behavior. He will defer responsibility and authority to the Jezebel, who takes over. The Jezebel section explores the roots of this deviancy, which can also influence the development of the Ahab, as well as the Jezebel.
To really remove Jezebel, you have to remove Ahab first. To insure Ahab cannot return, he has to be replaced with a Jehu, or righteous man of legitimate authority, willing to act. If you do not have this authority, then remove yourself from this duo.
Avoid Ahabs – Watch and be vigilant in new environments for Ahabs. If you find a man in authority like this, there will most likely be a Jezebel around the corner. In social groups, in job interviews, in churches, take notice if you encounter weak passive men. Take this into consideration before becoming involved with that environment. Save your self from much grief.
In the church, Ahab and Jezebel represent the destruction of the individual family, and church family. The church is to be the bride of Christ and the head is her bridegroom, Jesus Christ. Ahab destroys the bridegroom priestly role and Jezebel pollutes the women with rebellion. All becomes flesh. Spiritual purity is gone, and replaced with ego-centric behavior and motives. Are there too many families breaking up in your church? Look for clues like this.
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