Applications from 1 Kings
If you read the last post, Leaders of the City, please skip ahead to the application.
Last time we looked at Naboth and Ahab, this time we will continue this story with a look at Jezebel. In Naboth we saw an example of living by conviction. In Ahab we observe just the opposite, he is a complainer, pouter, liar, manipulative, and greedy.
What does Jezebel do? Jezebel scorns Ahab for being “heavy & displeased”. She tells him to get up and get happy…she will take care of things. So she devises a plot to have Naboth killed so that Ahab can have the vineyard he covets so much.
To grasp the depravity of Jezebel’s actions, we can also look at those around her… Never would we directly say that anyone in her life is the reason she is so wicked. She is just utterly depraved and these people aren’t going to change her. Similarly, you and I are in a world full of wicked people. We cannot change them. While God can, we need to realize that many will never change.
So what are we to do?
What is the only way for evil to triumph? (Good people do nothing…)
Let’s take our application from these verses about Jezebel by looking at those around her and what they did (didn’t).
Let me just say simply here: Don’t be a worthless man. Don’t be a “patsy”. Don’t be so eager to please or be liked that you will do anything. If you live and die with nothing else, maintain your integrity.
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.