The Demise of Jezebel
In the days of ancient Israel, Queen Jezebel and her husband Ahab (no, not the one with the peg leg) promoted the worship of the pagan god Baal. This was a terrible religion that called for the sacrificial burning of babies. And you thought the Westboro Baptist Church was bad.
Needless to say, Ahab and Jezebel kindled the anger of the Lord, and He waxed exceeding wroth. First He caused Ahab to die from an “accidental” arrow wound: The fatal arrow struck him in his chariot, which was especially painful.
Then it was Jezebel’s turn: The prophet Elijah mocked her idols, killed her priests and anointed as Ahab’s successor the virtuous Jehu. And having completed a swift and thorough coup against Jezebel, Jehu grabbed a bucket of water to throw at the queen, hoping he could melt her.
Okay, I made that up. But it might have worked.
Anyway, Jezebel knew that her proverbial goose was cooked. She painted her face in the manner of a priestess of Baal, to demonstrate her lack of repentance. And she looked out the window, waiting for Jehu.
When Jehu arrived, he commanded her attending eunuchs to toss her out the window. It is unknown whether Jezebel herself was responsible for the eunuchs’ loss of—well, you know—but they seemed quite willing to do it.
Out she went, and when she hit the pavement she was eaten alive by dogs. She was also trampled by horses, but you can only fit so much into a picture. When the dogs were finished, somebody swept the remaining scraps into a cigar box.
The object at the bottom is a photo of the actual seal with which Jezebel enacted her terrible decrees. Nowadays it wouldn’t command enough respect to get you out of a parking ticket.