A Good Man and a Wicked King

To read the Bible in a year, read First Kings 21 and 22.
King Ahab saw a garden that he liked and it was next to his palace (1Kings 21:1). He approached the owner, offering him either money or a vineyard which was better (v. 2). That sounded innocent, until we learn that the land was not as the land we own, for Naboth, the owner of the vineyard told the king, “The LORD forbid that I should give the inheritance of my fathers to you!” (v. 3). The Lord had given that ground to Naboth’s fathers and he was not about to let it go from the family. That was also innocent and right on his part. However, verse 4 says, “So Ahab went into his house sullen and displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him; for he had said, ‘I will not give you the inheritance of my fathers.’ And he lay down on his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no food.” A grown man acted like a spoiled bra t! Then Jezebel entered the picture and had Naboth killed and she gave the vineyard to her husband. God saw the whole thing and it displeased Him. Naboth displeased a human king, but Ahab displeased the God of heaven and Ahab paid a higher price for doing such.
Have you displeased a human authority by doing what is right? You may suffer for it, but that is okay. Have you displeased the King of Heaven? You will suffer for it badly. Confess your sin and repent immediately!

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