Applications from 1 Kings
If you read the last post, Naboth, please skip ahead to the application.
As we left Ahab last he was heavy and displeased. He had twice defeated Ben-Hadad. Neither time was he able to enjoy it & had really gotten things wrong.
Here we find him interacting with Naboth. Naboth has a vineyard next to Ahab’s palace. Ahab would like the vineyard since it is near his property. He offers Naboth another vineyard or money in exchange.
Naboth will not give King Ahab the vineyard. So again we find Ahab “heavy and displeased”.
As Ahab sits around and pouts, Jezebel notices. Hearing Ahab’s sob story, Jezebel decides to take care of things. She has Naboth killed and gives the vineyard to Ahab.
For the application, let’s look in detail at each of the characters we
The Application: Ahab
As we study this text, it should be that the person we attribute great conviction to is Ahab, King of Israel, leader of God’s people. Sadly, this is not the case. All we see about Ahab is that he is a pouter, discontented, makes poor choices, and is driven by emotion (not conviction).
We begin this writing with Ahab in a mood. He just won a battle (2x) and still is not on good terms with God. He cannot seem to get it right. It goes like this in life when you mix allegiance. Ahab was following whichever god suited him best at the time. Things never go right when we operate like this.
Naboth’s reasoning in v.3 should have ended this for Ahab.
“Yes, you can’t give it to me,” should have been his reply. As king of God’s people, Ahab should have been first in line to stick with God’s law. Instead, he goes to bed, pouts, and refuses to eat! So we have a grown man, the king, laying around pouting. All because someone has something they won’t let him have! These are the actions of a 5 year old.
Ahab then lies to Jezebel to get what he wants. He forgets to mention that Naboth had a very good reason. All he tells her is that he offered money or another property. This paints Naboth as just unreasonable.
Hopefully we don’t see ourselves in any of Ahab’s actions. If so, we can also see what we need to work on.
Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN
This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.