2011-01-23 - The Example of
The Ten Commandments ~ Part 62
Tenth Commandment ~ Part 4
The next account is that of another king who certainly couldnt exactly
be called a man of God, and that man was King Ahab. This account is found
in 1 Kings 21, and well look at selected verses from the passages.
There was an incident involving a vineyard
belonging to Naboth the Jezreelite. The vineyard was in Jezreel, close to
the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. Ahab said to Naboth, Let me have
your vineyard to use for a vegetable garden, since it is close to my palace.
In exchange, I will give you a better vineyard or, if you prefer, I will
pay you whatever it is worth. But Naboth replied, The Lord forbid
that I should give you the inheritance of my fathers. So Ahab went
home, sullen and angry
Ahab was bent out of shape, and Jezebel came up with an idea to get him what
She wrote letters in Ahabs
name, placed his seal on them, and sent them to the elders and nobles who
lived in Naboths city with him. In those letters she wrote: 'Proclaim
a day of fasting and seat Naboth in a prominent place among the people. But
seat two scoundrels opposite him and have them testify that he has cursed
both God and the king. Then take him out and stone him to death.'
So Ahab got what he coveted. But, Elijah brought him the word of the Lord.
I am going to bring disaster on you. I will consume
your descendants and cut off from Ahab every last male in Israelslave
or free. I will make your house like that of Jeroboam son of Nebat and that
of Baasha son of Ahijah, because you have provoked me to anger and have caused
Israel to sin (1 Kings 21:1-4, 8-10, 21-22).
As Spock said to Stonn at the conclusion of Amok Time:
After a time, you may find that having is not, after all, so satisfying
a thing as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true
For us, this is a logical problem because the Lord didnt put us here
for the wanting. With the two examples, we have seen the taking
is certainly contrary to what is expected of us. It obviously undermines
whatever witness we have. God promised judgment on Ahab and Jezebel and that
judgment certainly came to pass.
To be continued.
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