August 19, 1 Kings 21:1-16
The story of Ahab and Naboth's vineyard is probably the most fameous in the life of Ahab and Jezebel. It's really a complex story not only looking at what is right, but also looking at what is legal and what is practical. I want to look at each player seperately. So lets set the stage. Ahab is in his palace and daily he walks the grounds, he sees Naboth's vineyard and has this idea that he'd like to have that land. Maybe one day Ahab sees Naboth working in the vineyard, he walks acros the field and says, Hey Neboth, I want to buy this field. I'll give you a different field or pay you in gold. So far there's nothing wrong with this. Naboth says no, which is certainly his right. This land is a family heirloom and Naboth doesn't want to part with it, there is also a possibility that this was a portion as distributed to Naboth's tribe under Joshua. In which case the land must remain in the family and could not be sold. But there are provisions, Naboth could have leased the land to Ahab up until the next jubilee. Add to this that Naboth is dealing with the king, today should some representative of a local or federal governerment ask for my home, I'm inclined to sell or they will eventually take it anyway. Ahab and Jezebel do not have good reputations, did Naboth not know that Jezebel has killed hundreds to get her way? We are told to be wise and cautious, certainly the end result is not Naboth's fault yet had he proposed something different he might have lived. We should never compromise on what is true and right even though that may cost our lives but we certainly should ask for and use wisdom for what we can.
Today's workout chest-shoulders intervals.
High knees, push up, box hop, bench dip, jump rope, hug, windmill, db shoulder press.