Tuesday, 28th September 2021
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One V1-3 Naboth’s Vision
Ahab was not happy when he heard something he did not like to hear, this was how he responded to God’s Word for him. He did not like what God’s prophet told him, so instead of changing his way, he put his focus on something he wanted, the vineyard of Naboth. Ahab was king for so long, but why until this time Ahab saw this vineyard? When we don’t want to face the problems of our lives, we tend to change our focus and look at the things that we don’t normally look at. Ahab said it himself that he had even better vineyard, so why was he so determined to take Naboth’s vineyard? Because he was angry at God and what the prophet told him.
Naboth feared the Lord, he must have sought God about selling the land to Ahab, and he knew it would not please God to give up on the land, even when Ahab was willing to pay for it. Naboth treasured the inheritance from God, he knew it could not be bought with any money. Do we also treasure the spiritual inheritance we have from God? Do we put God first, people next then the earth? Naboth was not afraid of people, even the king! He chose to fear the Lord even if it would cost his life.
Section Two V4-16 Ahab’s Vision
Through Naboth, God was talking to Ahab, to let him know what he did would displease God. Again and again, God gave Ahab opportunities to return, but again and again Ahab was upset about God’s teaching. Ahab lay down on his bed, turned away his face, and would eat no food. He let his emotions influence him, instead of doing what a king should do, he chose to not face his own problems. His wife Jezebel came along with another temptation, she told Ahab that as a king he should be able to do whatever he wanted.
Jezebel represented a controlling spirit, she told Ahab he was the king but instead she made herself king over Ahab, she allowed Ahab to believe that she could solve his problems. Ahab thought his problems were solved, but Jezebel actually used this opportunity to act on behalf of Ahab and plotted to kill Naboth. When the king of the nation was wicked, the people under them would also become wicked. The elders and nobles who were inhabitants of his city, did as Jezebel had sent to them, as it was written in the letters which she had sent to them. The people knew what Jezebel did was wicked, but they were afraid and was willing to come under the controlling spirit. So nobody came up against Jezebel and Naboth.
Section Three V17-29 Jehovah’s Vision
Ahab could have just taken over the land of Naboth by force, but he didn’t because he knew from the beginning it was not right. It seemed that even though Naboth took courage and rejected Ahab’s offer, he was still killed. But did Naboth really die in vain? We saw many people died in the Bible because of their righteousness, and we felt it was unjust. But do we believe that God always reigns in this life and afterlife? Even though Naboth died but his name was remembered even until now as a righteous person. Jesus Christ only lived on earth for 33 years, but His Name will be remembered forever. If we hold onto our lives too tightly, we will lose life, whereas if we are willing to let God take over our lives, we will receive it.
After Naboth died, God talked to Ahab again through Elijah. Even though Ahab was upset, but at the end he did not kill the prophets of God. He was upset about Elijah and Naboth, but he did not kill them because in his heart he feared the Lord. But he listened to Jezebel and allowed her to carry out her wicked plans, even though he knew it would displease God. Adam did the same, he chose to listen to Eve instead of God, he did not put God first in his life. In the Garden of Eden, Adam saw the tree every day and he must have wanted to eat the fruits, but he did not dare to because he knew it was not right. However, when Eve gave the fruit to him, he accepted it instead of taking the responsibility as the authority and correct Eve’s actions.
God rules and reigns to the end. Ahab could have inherited the blessings of Abraham, but because of his decisions to allow Jezebel’s wicked ways, his descendants were cursed. We must see how many blessings and favours we have from God, do not take them for granted. When we don’t listen to the Word of God, the curses will also come to us, because of our rebellious and wicked way. When Ahab heard those words, that he tore his clothes and put sackcloth on his body, and fasted and lay in sackcloth, and went about mourning. He changed his attitude completely, not only he repented by mouth, but also but action. As a king, Ahab’s actions would be visible to the people of the entire nation, therefore by humbling before God and before people, he showed his attitude of true repentance and God’s mercy came upon him.
Sadly, Ahab’s wickedness still affected his future generations. We must always examine our ways, don’t take God’s blessings for granted. So, God’s favours will continue to be with us and our future generations.
Worship: Live for Revival https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjeC1HCkuZE
V23-26 对于耶洗别，神也说“狗在耶斯列的外郭必吃耶洗别的肉”，其他属于亚哈的人 – 包括那些耶斯列城的长老贵胄 – 都死无葬身之地。这样惨烈的结果，连耶罗波安和巴沙都没有，因为他们两个还不认识神，但亚哈认识神却选择听王后耶洗别的话。亚哈因为放纵自己的情欲，就“行了最可憎恶的事，信从偶像”。
V27-29 亚哈听了这些话，心里敬畏神，就“撕裂衣服，禁食，身穿麻布”，在行动上表明自己的认罪悔改。一个王，不穿紫色外袍，却在众人面前穿奔丧的“麻衣”，一个属神的人是不害怕在神和人面前认罪的。当他这样回转时，耶和华就对以利亚说：“亚哈在我面前这样自卑，你看见了吗？”“自卑”的原文是完全的死去， 于是神说，当亚哈“还在世的时候，我不降这祸。到他儿子的时候，我必降这祸于他的家”。很可惜，亚哈虽然救了自己，但因为他一次又一次选择不听神借着先知跟他说的话，选择自己的情欲，失去了神给亚伯拉罕的祝福。