How often have you looked over at your neighbours garden and thought that it looked good and you would like something like that. Or even more so felt that your garden is too small and only if you could buy a bit of extra land, it would make the garden just so much better.
Well they say that nothing is new and the same thing happened thousands of years ago with King Ahab. He was looking out of his palace window, and thought that he needed to expand his palace grounds. There was a vineyard next door and this was just what he needed but it belonged to his neighbour Naboth.
The King approached Naboth and asked him if he would sell the land, but Naboth said no, because it was his ancestors land. Well the king felt he just needed this vineyard and went into a megga sulk. His wife Jezebel wanted to know what was wrong, when she found out she was not going to let a little thing like this thwart her. If Naboth would not sell then she would remove him from the picture in another way.
Jezebel arranged for a day of religious fasting and then got a couple of her cronies to start accusing Naboth of being false, and then to ensure that the punishment was stoning to death. The crowd were soon whipped up into a frenzy and sadly poor Naboth was killed by the crowds.
King Ahab now grabs Naboths land and adds the vineyard to the palace grounds. He is oh so happy, until Elijah comes along and confronts him...You can read the full version of what happens in 1 Kings 21 along with the rest of the story and you can read our notes from our Bible Study on this passage here.
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