I mean words can be flighty, and people's feelings may waver. But the memory of someone or something can last forever in our minds. And so when I think of the deaths of Jezebel and Jeroham, I am taken back by, not only their gruesomeness, but by the sad and empty legacy they left.
Do you know the stories? For one Jezebel is known as one of the bad girls of the Bible, if not the worst. Here are the words of King Jehu spoken about her, "“How can there be peace,” Jehu replied, “as long as all the idolatry and witchcraft of your mother Jezebel abound?” 2Kings 9:22. Jezebel did not carry a good reputation, and she did not care to. So when she knew that the king was coming to her town, she would unsuccessfully attempt to reel him in with her outward appearance. The Bible says that, "When Jezebel heard about it, she put on eye makeup, arranged her hair and looked out of a window." 2Kings 9:30b. Big mistake to try and come up against a man who was charged with the power of God, and he could see right through her. So he ordered that she be thrown down from her window, and she was. The Bible goes on to say, "“Throw her down!” Jehu said. So they threw her down, and some of her blood spattered the wall and the horses as they trampled her underfoot.... But when they went out to bury her, they found nothing except her skull, her feet and her hands. They went back and told Jehu, who said, “This is the word of the Lord that he spoke through his servant Elijah the Tishbite: On the plot of ground at Jezreel dogs will devour Jezebel’s flesh. Jezebel’s body will be like dung on the ground in the plot at Jezreel, so that no one will be able to say, ‘This is Jezebel.’” 2Kings 9:33, 35-37.
How sad to die a death that only dogs cared about. No one came to claim her body, nobody really cared. She had earned a reputation that would leave her with little to no friends. What was worst was that she worshiped other gods and influenced others to do the same. And that is the legacy of Jezebel; one noteworthy of evil.
Then there is the story of Jeroham. "Jehoram received a letter from Elijah the prophet, which said:
“This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: ‘You have not followed the ways of your father Jehoshaphat or of Asa king of Judah. But you have followed the ways of the kings of Israel, and you have led Judah and the people of Jerusalem to prostitute themselves, just as the house of Ahab did. You have also murdered your own brothers, members of your own family, men who were better than you. So now the Lord is about to strike your people, your sons, your wives and everything that is yours, with a heavy blow. You yourself will be very ill with a lingering disease of the bowels, until the disease causes your bowels to come out.’”...After all this, the Lord afflicted Jehoram with an incurable disease of the bowels. In the course of time, at the end of the second year, his bowels came out because of the disease, and he died in great pain. His people made no funeral fire in his honor, as they had for his predecessors. Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years. He passed away, to no one’s regret, and was buried in the City of David, but not in the tombs of the kings." 2 Chronicles 21: 12-15, 18-20
What stuck out to me most, however, were the words "He passed away, to no one's regret". How sad. No one would miss him. No one would care. No hero stories to share. No legacy to remember.
So back to the original question. What do you think will be said of you when you die? We're all probably feeling a bit "off the hook", when we compare ourselves to Jezebel and Jeroham. There's no way that our deaths will be as bad as theirs. Right? However, do you know that unless you are a follower of Christ, your death will be pointless? And although it may not be a gruesome one, what comes after a life without Christ is more gruesome that we can imagine. Life without Christ, is pointless; and death leaves no true legacy unless Christ is our savior.
This is a tough pill to swallow if you're not walking with the Lord. But if you're not walking with Him, there is always today to begin that walk. To change the legacy you're making to one that brings Him glory. To create a legacy if there isn't one yet. To make both life and death a beautiful experience. With Christ as Lord, living and dying have a beautiful purpose. And with Christ as Lord, there will always be much to say about you. All good, of course :)