Monday, December 3, 2012

Graphic Scripture

After witnessing the queen of Israel, Jezebel, being thrown out of a window and killed, Jehu, the man who called for her hasty demise, enjoyed a good meal.  Feeling better, apparently, he also felt some mercy.  He ordered her body to be collected and buried, "for she is a king's daughter."

But apparently while Jehu had been eating, so had the wild dogs.  All they recovered of Jezebel were her skull, feet, and palms.  (Some of the dogs apparently enjoyed finger food.)

When he heard of this, Jehu graphically described Jezebel's commitment to the earth: "This is the word of the LORD, which he spoke by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, 'In the territory of Jezreel the dogs shall eat the flesh of Jezebel; the corpse of Jezebel shall be like dung on the field ...'" (2 Kings 9:36-37 NRSV).

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