Queen Ketevan of Georgia and her love for Jesus Christ

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Queen Ketevan of Georgia and her love for Jesus Christ

Post  Waqar Daniel on Wed 01 Oct 2008, 8:10 am

This is the story of a Great Christian Queen Dowager Ketevan who would not let go of LORD and Savior Jesus Christ despite of threats and suffering. She was married to Teimuraz I of Kakheti ruler of Eastern Georgia, who stood up against the King of Persia to free his country from Shah Abbas the Great of Persia.

She suffered physically and emotionally for refusing to convert to Islam and marry Shah Abbas the Great of Persia (King of Iran). Shah Abbas the Great of Persia (King of Iran) in revenge, castrated the two young sons of Teimuraz whom he already held as hostages. To the mother of Teimuraz, the Queen Dowager Ketevan, whom he also held in his power, he offered the chance of adopting Islam and entering his harem. On her re-fusal, she was cruelly martyred at Shiraz on September 22nd, 1624.

Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. (Mathew 4:8-10)

The same question that we read in Mathew 4, was asked by Shah Abbas the Great of Persia. The King of Persia sent certain of his minions to Shiraz; they were instructed to tell the Georgian queen in his name to become a Muhammadan, and that he would take her as his wife and give her great riches. If she refused, they were to put her to death with great torments.

The queen replied that nothing on earth would make her abandon the faith of her Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ, nor her chastity, which she valued more than all the treaures in the world. The officials begged her again not to expose herself to suffer such tortures, and to have pity on her tender flesh; but nothing could shake her constancy. When they saw this, the officials, after striving in vain to persuade her, told her to prepare to suffer the torments, and she asked for permission to say her prayers. This being granted, she entered her chapel, went down on her knees and prayed our Lord God to accord her His grace, to give her strength to suffer all these tortures for His holy faith.

When she had committed herself to God's keeping she went out and told the minions that they might do what the king had commanded. The officials begged her afresh to have pity on herself a weak woman, and not to con-demn herself to so miserable a death. The queen replied that they might give up trying to persuade her, for it was time wasted. The officials had already lit a great fire and inserted iron pincers into it, which were now as hot as the fire itself. They stripped the queen from her neck to her walst, and taking the red-hot pincers, they tore away the flesh from her delicate body with great cruelty, until at last the queen fell half dead to the ground, though continuing to invoke our Lord God with the greatest courage and fortitude. When she had fallen to the ground, they picked up the whole brazier and threw it on her body, anti finally put her to death by strangling her with a bowstring.

Safavid Period
In 1603, Shah Abbas attempted to solve the Georgian question by conquering eastern Georgia. The Georgian monarchy continued their struggle and Shah Abbas invaded and devastated Georgia several times, often killing members of the royal family. During these campaigns, 200,000 Georgians were deported to Iran. After continued fighting and resistance, both sides agreed to compromise. The monarchies of the Georgian kingdoms were replaced by pro-Iranian monarchs, but the kingdoms would be controlled as vassals. In 1660 a rebellion took place in which the Georgians attacked the Turkmen settled in their regions by the Safavids and defeating the Persian garrisons. Afterwards, the leaders of the rebellion turned themselves in and were executed, in order to prevent Safavid retaliation.

Information Sources:

  1. The Passion of Queen Ketevan
  2. St. Ketevan, Queen of Kakheti
  3. Safavid period

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Re: Queen Ketevan of Georgia and her love for Jesus Christ

Post  saved on Wed 01 Oct 2008, 6:10 pm

Thank you for posting such an inspiring story. I am really moved by the faith of the queen and her love for Jesus.

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Post  gil on Wed 01 Oct 2008, 6:24 pm

I am in tears and my heart felt sorry for this great lady who lost everything apparently but gained everything. I remember what Jesus said:

"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

Gospel of St. Matthew 5:3-10

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Post  blessed4ever on Wed 01 Oct 2008, 6:30 pm

Amazing story, can we have stories like this more. They are great inspiration.

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Post  sunshine on Wed 01 Oct 2008, 6:42 pm

I agree that we must have such stories so that we may also learn from them how to love Jesus and stay obedient in times of trouble. I will be waiting to read more.

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Post  sunshine on Sun 05 Oct 2008, 1:00 pm

Let us have a forum that would only talk of such people who did not let go of Jesus and suffered. It will be great inspiration for many.

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Re: Queen Ketevan of Georgia and her love for Jesus Christ

Post  Waqar Daniel on Sun 05 Oct 2008, 3:32 pm

I will try to find such stories but most of the history has been changed just in the name of being Politically Correct. I would request you to search for such stories.

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