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But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22 AMP

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Live and Let Live

“In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself”. John 1:1 AMP

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30th I Kings Chapter 21 Chapter 22  Live and Let Live

Memory Verse: But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Ephesians 5:3 KJV

King Ahab was influenced by the wickedness of his wife Jezebel. Yet he was not without sin. He did more to provoke God to anger than all of his predecessors (I Kings 21:25). Ahab had a pity party when Naboth refused to gave him the vineyard he had inherited from his fathers. It was likely the most important possession of his lineage, which sustained his family for generations.

Ahab was King of Israel. He was already wealthy. There was no need to take from Naboth any thing. It was covetousness that would not allow him to be content. What a marvel that a man of stature may be jealous of a person of low estate. (But the favor of God brings honor to the lowly in the eyes of men.)

Ahab could not handle being told No. Not only was he all distressed over someone else enjoying the blessing of goodly land, he was even willing to have Naboth deposed, and disposed of like a statue rather than a man. Ahab could have instructed Jezebel to do nothing. Perhaps the vineyard would have become of Ahab’s possession by other, non-violent means. Yet, Ahab was not of sound mind. Therefore, the words of Jezebel seemed good to him, though she was a worker of iniquity.

Jezebel orchestrated the release of Naboth’s vineyard by having him falsely accused of blasphemy and killed. Ahab then arose as Jezebel commanded and went to possess the vineyard of Naboth as an innocent King with lordship over “abandoned” property. But the blood of Naboth cried out from the ground as did the blood of Able who was slain by his own brother. Jealousy is cruel.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

On I Kings 21:17-29 Blessed Paul complains that he was sold under sin, Ro 7:14, as a poor captive against his will; but Ahab was willing, he sold himself to sin; of choice, and as his own act and deed, he loved the dominion of sin. Jezebel his wife stirred him up to do wickedly. Ahab is reproved, and his sin set before his eyes, by Elijah. That man’s condition is very miserable, who has made the word of God his enemy; and very desperate, who reckons the ministers of that word his enemies, because they tell him the truth. Ahab put on the garb and guise of a penitent, yet his heart was unhumbled and unchanged. Ahab’s repentance was only what might be seen of men; it was outward only. Let this encourage all that truly repent, and unfeignedly believe the holy gospel, that if a pretending partial penitent shall go to his house reprieved, doubtless, a sincere believing penitent shall go to his house justified.

Food For Thought

Consider Galatians 6:7

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. (KJV)

Often this scripture is used to affirm the “just deserts” waiting for those who commit sin – as did Ahab and Jezebel. God cursed them for shedding innocent blood and other deeds.

Galatians 6:7 also proclaims the inheritance of the servants of the Lord. When the just sow righteousness, they are planting seeds too – paying forward the blessing of the Lord in their lives and the lives of others. If therefore a person is jealous of the blessing in your path, he or she may be coveting the fruit of a your righteous tree. If you see the favor of God on your brother or sister, do not seek his or her portion, but be glad that God’s willingness to bless is confirmed; and rather praise Him because He is no respecter of persons. What He did for one, He can do for any. God has a blessing with your name on it.

Song Of The Day

God’s Got A Blessing (With Your Name On It)by Norman Hutchins

Album: Nobody But You


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