“And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, give me thy Vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near unto my house, and I will give thee for it a better vineyard than it, or if it seem good to thee, I will give thee the worth of it in money.” 1 King 21:2
King Ahab wanted Naboth’s vineyard for himself. He thought that if he gave Naboth a good reason then Naboth would have understood and agreed to his request. The reasons he gave him were nothing to cause an alarm either, after all it makes good sense since the vineyard was so close on the walls of his palace and secondly he was king and he thought that, it was a great location to plant his herbs. Though he had more vineyards than Naboth, yet he allowed greed and selfishness to rule his heart. But to his surprise, Naboth told him no because the Lord forbid him to give away his father’s inheritance. This hurt Ahab to the core, so much that he went home sad and refused to eat (1 King 21:3).
When Jezebel (Ahab’s wife) found out what happened she conspired against Naboth and arranged for his death. The moment she confirmed that he was dead she told her husband to go and take possession of the vineyard because Naboth the Jezreelite, who refused to sell him his vineyard is dead (1 King 21:15). This was a case of pure envy and jealousy which ended in the death of an innocent man and judgement on the other (1 King 21:16-24).
This kind of behavior is still rampant in this generation. People are still fighting for material wealth just to add to what they already have. They are willing to rob and kill the innocent just to take what they have. Recently, I saw on the news a story of two sisters, who inherited a house from their father who died. But one sister was not happy with the arrangement and so she paid someone to kill her sister, so that she would not have to share anything. Now she and all who were in involved in this terrible act are in in prison (including one of her teenage daughters who helped her planned the demise of her own aunt). This is the world we are living in today.
But how many know that there is enough to go around? God’s hands are not short, and his supplies are unlimited. There is no need to kill someone or destroy others just to get what they have. They seem to forget that nothing in this life is permanent. It is not worth selling your soul for temporary satisfaction. Today, search your heart and see if there is any spec of jealousy inside and ask the Lord to take it out. Get rid of it immediately!
Let us pray: Lord please forgive me of my sins today. Thank you for your word. Please help me never to forget that this life is not permanent. Lord help me never to allow jealousy to rule in my heart, or to cause harm to anyone for what they have in Jesus name. Amen. Until next time. God bless you.
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