[The northern side of the Tel of Jezreel]

Jezreel, the power (El) of sowing, is a city that sits on a northern facing spur towards the eastern end of the Jezreel valley. The valley itself, styled HaEmeq “the” valley as a token of its importance find’s its watershed at Jezreel. From this point the water flows towards Acco and the Mediterranean, or stepping to the east it falls past Ein-Harod into the Bethshan valley and into the Jordan. Jezreel stands at the point of difference, and within its literal topography highlights the results of choices that are made. Sow to the flesh and reap corruption, sow to the spirit and reap life everlasting. Jezreel in its primitive geography then illustrates the result of commitment to action. Christ would say that unless a seed is cast into the ground and dies, it remains a single seed (it cannot bring forth fruit) John 12:24. Commitment to God requires the death of personal interest.

But Jezreel was not famous for this spiritual wisdom in its leaders, for it was here that the king of Israel would have his summer house. The capital of the northern tribes changed considerably during the course of their rule. It was located at Shechem, Tirzah, Samaria and during summer months during the reign of Ahab at Jezreel. North facing but protected from the southern sun from the mountains of Gilboa. Being on the watershed also meant that breezes coming from most directions would sweep past this site.

Next to the palace was the vineyard of Naboth 1 Kings 21:1 and although desired by the king, there was something that held Ahab back from taking it. There was a consciousness of the laws of Yahweh. This reluctance to lose constraint was lost later in Israel’s history when they covet fields and take them, Micah 2:2. But of all the power of the king, there was a requirement to submit to the governance of greater laws, those of inheritance. For a spiritual man, a man’s inheritance spoke as a token of a greater participation in the obtaining of inheritance Heb 9:24, and as such the land would be fallow on sabbath years indicating a reliance on Yahweh for sustaining them. In like manner the “vine unpruned” [heb Nazarite] Lev 23 was a type of life that indicated a man was living in the kingdom, and was a universal law for the spiritual man Num 6.

The king and queen presumed to take this inheritance, but like the catholic system later which presumes its position in repressing the truth, the mighty hand of God will determine the results of sowing. The outcome will be the inheritance within the city of deity coming down from heaven, outside its gates those who murder, lie and sow to the flesh, Rev 22.

[The pool of Jezreel]