"Jezebel his wife said, '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'" (1 Kings 21:7).
Have you ever wanted something so badly that your obsession led to a loss of appetite? Ahab makes himself sick over his neighbor's property. Naboth's property is just a symptom of a deeper problem. The previous chapter closed with the prophet's rebuking Ahab for his disobedience in not killing Ben-Hadad. Sullen and angry, Ahab returns to Samaria, where he stews over this rebuke. At this point in his life (driven by bitterness and resentment) he covets his neighbor's property. Nothing will cheer him but having Naboth's vineyard.
Sullen and angry men either blow up or pout. Women married to men who blow up tend to withdraw, while women married to pouting men scheme and rescue. Ahab is a pouter, and Jezebel is a schemer.
Enter Jezebel: "I'll get you the vineyard."
What can we learn from this scheming woman?
People who take matters in their own hands hurt others. They never experience what God will do on behalf of those who wait for Him (Isaiah 64:4); they experience His judgment instead. This story serves as a clear warning to all women who scheme; Jezebel gets her way and obtains the vineyard for Ahab, but incurs the judgment of a Holy God.
What had God intended for Ben-Hadad?
What is Ahab's legacy (21:25-26)? What was Jezebel's influence on him?
How does God promise vindication for Naboth? Does his vindication come immediately?
Ask the Lord to make you aware of scheming in your own life.
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