We next find Elijah, in 1 Kings 21, the story of Naboths vineyard. A simple story, of greed, deception, and murder.
Naboth had the misfortune of having inherited a vineyard, next door to Ahab and Jezebel.
Ahab, wanted that vineyard. He first did the right thing and offered to buy it. Only Naboth, wouldn’t think of selling his inheritance.
Ahab, cried once again to Jezebel. She devised a plan to steal the land and get rid of all the Naboths. It worked.
“And it came to pass, when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, that Ahab rose up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it.
And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite.”
A word of knowledge. (He was told the situation). Then he had a Word of Prophecy. (Ahabs future fortold).
“Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, which is in Samaria: behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he is gone down to possess it.
And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the Lord, Hast thou killed, and also taken possession?” And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the Lord, In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine.”
Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, O mine enemy?
Elijah answered, “I have found thee: because thou hast sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the Lord.
Behold, I will bring evil upon thee, and will take away thy posterity, and will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel,
And will make thine house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah, for the provocation wherewith thou hast provoked me to anger, and made Israel to sin.”
And of Jezebel also spake the Lord, saying, “The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel. Him that dieth of Ahab in the city the dogs shall eat; and him that dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat.”
“But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the Lord, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up.
And he did very abominably in following idols, according to all things as did the Amorites, whom the Lord cast out before the children of Israel.”
We find and interesting truth here:
“And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly.”
Ahab learned to repent. The wicked one repented… How could the Lord allow this?
“And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,”
“Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days: but in his son’s days will I bring the evil upon his house.”
The Lord delayed the consequences of Ahab evil, ….. What?
“I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.”
We may repent and be forgiven, but the consequences of are sin are felt. Every action, has a reaction of equal or greater proportion.
Choose to love the Lord, you will cause mercy to flow to many you love. Amen