Sunday, August 21, 2016

August 21, 1 Kings 21:1-16 Naboth's vinyard 3

August 21, 1 Kings 21:1-16 Naboth's vinyard 3 

Now we look at the third person in this story, Jezebel. Jezebel conspires for Naboth to die. This woman was truly evil, lusting only for personal gain, and pleasure. First she throws an insult at Ahab, asking him if he or Naboth governs Israel. It's kind of a joke to her as the real ruler is Jezebel. 
Like so many others who form conspiracies and seek power she has followers, people who will do anytihing for the right price. Under Jewish law there needed to be two witnesses fo any accusation. These men are called in different translations, scoundrels, men of belial, men with no scruples, or men with no morals. This last, the part of no morals I find intriguing as today morality is judged not by any ultimate standard but by people's feelings. And so the plan is formed to murder Naboth. I wonder, was there no-one present who would argue in favor of Naboth? Jezebel commanded a certain level of fear, perhaps the men bearing false witness were known to be her agents. Perhaps the whole crowd were her people. I find the charges for which Naboth is stoned to be so ironic. Ahab and Jezebel both worship idols, a crime punishable by stoning under the law yet no-one does this. Now Ahab is happy to have the land because a man has died, no-one should ever be happy in the death of another. 

Today's workout, legs. Hamstring curls, dumb bell squats, walking lunges, good mornings, leg press. 

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