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October 2, 2008 - Devotional: No

"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. "
(1 Kings 21:2)

NO

Naboth had his reasons for not letting go of his property (See 1 Kings 21:3) and it was a Godly reason, yet Ahab (did I forget to mention that he was King of Israel?) had everything. He was King for goodness sake, he had wealth, power, prestige, respect, servants that catered to him hand and foot, yet he didn't have the vineyard next door to him that he wanted to turn into a turnip garden

He goes to the owner fully expecting him to turn it over, he was King after all, who would surely withhold and deny his request (demand?).

But Naboth couldn't disobey God and says no and little Ahab slinks away and starts pouting and whimpering, feeling sorry for himself. His wife sees his temper tantrum and hears his story and engineers a devious lie that causes Naboth to be falsely accused of blasphemy whereby he was taken out and stoned to death. Ahab moved in the next day.

The moral: Don't become a vegetarian? When the King comes a calling, don't answer?

Obey God no matter what because life is more than where we live, what we wear, how much money we have in the bank, the number of cars in our driveway, the homes we pay taxes on. Today a customer came in and mentioned that his neighbour was selling his cottage. I should say his estate wants to sell the cottage as the neighbour, owner of a home here, one in Italy, one in Florida and the cottage, died suddenly of an aneurysm and didn't need the cottage anymore.

Ahab go his just reward for his recently acquired vineyard (See 1 Kings Chapter 22).

Rejoice in the Lord Always!

Dario Ferko

 
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