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August 21, 2018

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Reading along with us in 1 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

1 Kings 21 (ESV)

Now Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard in Jezreel, beside the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. And after this Ahab said to Naboth, “Give me your vineyard, that I may have it for a vegetable garden, because it is near my house, and I will give you a better vineyard for it; or, if it seems good to you, I will give you its value in money.” But Naboth said to Ahab, “The Lord forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my fathers.” And Ahab went into his house vexed and sullen because of what Naboth the Jezreelite had said 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......Continue Reading

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  1. 29″Have you seen how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself before me, I will not bring the disaster in his days; but in his son’s days I will bring the disaster upon his house

  2. It is so wrong for powerful people to use their privilege or status for selfish gain. But for a king like Ahab and a queen like Jezebel, concocting a plan to kill a man so you can plant a garden, makes sense. It is all part of having a heart set against God and the standards He would have us live by. Maybe our evil won’t go to this extreme, but the sin nature and the new nature both bear their fruit and our lives will be a reflection of the nature we submit ourselves to. Verse 25 is telling about just how evil Ahab and Jezebel were. It is significant that the Bible points out how evil they were, as opposed to other places where it notes how righteous someone was. We get to choose what our legacy will be….

    But one of the more amazing things about our God is that at any time we can turn it around. It is amazing that for the first time in his life Ahab is humble and responds well to the prophets words. Maybe even he realized just how evil killing Naboth so he could plant a garden was. But even more amazing is that God accepts it! He is waiting for any expression of humility, conviction, faith or obedience from us so He can act favorably to us. And once we do, He will respond in kind. Now God doesn’t say He will grant Ahab favor, more humility and obedience would be necessary for that. But He does say He will withhold judgement, which is pretty gracious toward a guy named Ahab.

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