03 May Kingdom Dynamics Weekly (KDW) May 3, 2021 By Tunde Olugboji Vol 21:17
As we continue the series demonstrating that good will eventually prevail over evil, using the narrative of the vegetable garden in 1 Kings 21, a key question is whether you realize that having knowledge of evil being committed makes you as guilty as the perpetrator? At the center of the narrative was Jezebel, one of the three scriptural bad girls, the other two being Potiphar’s lying wife and treacherous Delilah who led Samson down a ruinous path.
King Ahab, Jezebel’s husband, sought to take over the patch of land belonging to Naboth, who steadfastly refused. Ahab told Naboth: I will pay you or give you another land. Some people think everything is about money, not principles. An unhappy Ahab sulked, refused to eat, and cried home to mama. For Jezebel, it was an opportunity to assert her dominance. “Now is the time to show yourself king over Israel,” she said scornfully. “I will get Naboth’s vineyard for you.” As if she owned it.
So, Jezebel wrote letters with Ahab’s seal, falsely accusing Naboth of blaspheming God. Were the elders fooled that the letters were written by Ahab? I don’t think so. They knew exactly who wrote them. So, why did they go along with the charade? Perhaps they were intimidated. Have you noticed that sometimes people know what is right but won’t speak up because they have been intimidated into submission? The Bible encourages us to stand firm, and not allow anything to move us. (1 Co 15:58)