27 Apr Kingdom Dynamics Weekly (KDW) April 26, 2021 By Tunde Olugboji Vol 21:16
This week, we will start a series that demonstrates how truth will eventually prevail over evil, using the narrative of 1 Kings 21 as our starting point. It was the story of a woman known as Jezebel, one of the three biblical bad girls, the other two being Potiphar’s temptress wife and Samson’s treacherous Delilah.
Jezebel married the then prince Ahab, and eventually she emerged as the power behind the throne. She was the daughter of Ithobaal, the priest of the pagan Baal god. The union between Ahab and Jezebel was an opportunity for Jezebel to spread Baal worshipping in Israel. And under his wife’s malevolent influence, Ahab protected and encouraged pagan rituals, prompting God to inflict a 3-year drought on the land. This story in 1 Kings was an intricate story of land grab, a sad account of lust, corruption, misuse and abuse of power, idolatry, murder, and manipulation. The other two characters were King Ahab and Naboth, the owner of a coveted piece of land.
The account of Ahab and Naboth’s vineyard at first reading appeared like a simple story of a ridiculous king with a ridiculous wife doing a ridiculous thing, grabbing a piece of land from his subject with the help of his nasty wife. But there was much more to the story. Naboth’s vineyard which the king coveted was next to the palace grounds. Ahab wanted to convert this plot of land to a vegetable garden. For some reason, the king who owned much wanted the land of the man who had little. Have you met people who are never satisfied with what they have? Pro 21:26 says, all day long the wicked covet.