1Kings 21:1-21, vs. “15 And it came to pass, when Jezebel heard that Naboth had been stoned and was dead, that Jezebel said to Ahab, “Arise, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused to give you for money; for Naboth is not alive, but dead.” 16 So it was, when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, that Ahab got up and went down to take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite”.
In reading this story, something that might have started very small and very innocent snow balled to something big because of Ahab’s ambition that clouded his judgment, to the extent that he would not restrain his wife from doing wicked. Then his next actions after what happened indicates he approved what was done.
The first thing, he approached Naboth about his vineyard, vs. “2 So Ahab spoke to Naboth, saying, “Give me your vineyard, that I may have it for a vegetable garden, because it is near, next to my house; and for it I will give you a vineyard better than it. Or, if it seems good to you, I will give you its worth in money.” I do not see anything wrong with his approach to desiring the vineyard and offering money or a better vineyard to Naboth. Where things began to change for Ahab is when Naboth chose to honor God by not willing to sell his vineyard. The reason was that the vineyard was his ancestral property. The Lord, the owner of all of the land of Israel, had forbidden Israelite families to surrender ownership of family lands permanently (Leviticus 25:23–28; Numbers 36:7–9). Out of loyalty to God, Naboth declined Ahab’s offer. Instead of Ahab accepting Naboth’s explanation, his ambition to get this vineyard drove him into depression indicating coveting and obsession spirit had come in. He would rather have Naboth disobey God so as to get what he wants. He had everything but still wanted Naboth’s vineyard. How do you react when you can’t get what you are ambitious to get? What are you willing to do to get it? How far are you willing to fulfill your ambitions? At what and whose expense? You may not think and act like Ahab, but the question is, would the Lord be pleased with what you are pursuing and how you are pursuing it?
Upon Jezebel hearing what happened when she saw Ahab depressed and would not eat, vs.“7 Then Jezebel his wife said to him, “You now exercise authority over Israel! Arise, eat food, and let your heart be cheerful; I will give you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.” His wife response sounded something like this “you are the king, you can do whatever you want and get it. Forget about the true judgment, get what you are ambitious to have and if you find it hard, I will get it for you”. Jezebel then wrote letters and sealed them with Ahab’s name. In the letters there were lies accusing Naboth of blaspheming God and the king. This led to his death by stoning. One man who wanted to honor God was accused of dishonoring God because one man was ambitious to get whatever did not belong to him. Vs. “16 So it was, when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, that Ahab got up and went down to take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.”
Is it not sad that ambitions have brought wedges upon some family members? Sometimes people will go against their judgments so as to get what they are ambitious for, that which does not belong to them? That they would do whatever it takes to get what is not theirs. People can also be very ambitious in business that it clouds their judgments, e.g. if they cannot get what they aspire for, there are driven to do shady business to get their way which in turn dishonors God. Check your motives, don’t let your ambitions in anyway cloud your judgment hence you dishonor God like Ahab. Do what you need to do in line with God’s word and then learn to be content with what God gives you. One act of compromise could open doors for greater evil. Blessings Ev