[CF Devotionals] 2011-01-23 - The Example of Ahab

The Ten Commandments ~ Part 62
Tenth Commandment ~ Part 4

The next account is that of another king who certainly couldn’t exactly be called a man of God, and that man was King Ahab. This account is found in 1 Kings 21, and we’ll 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 he coveted. “… She wrote letters in Ahab’s name, placed his seal on them, and sent them to the elders and nobles who lived in Naboth’s 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 Israel—slave 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 didn’t 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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