And Jezebel his wife said to him, “Do you now govern Israel? Arise and eat bread and let your heart be cheerful; I will give you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.” 8 So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name and sealed them with his seal, and she sent the letters to the elders and the leaders who lived with Naboth in his city. 9 And she wrote in the letters, “Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth at the head of the people. 10 And set two worthless men opposite him, and let them bring a charge against him, saying, ‘You have cursed God and the king.’Then take him out and stone him to death.” 11 And the men of his city, the elders and the leaders who lived in his city, did as Jezebel had sent word to them. As it was written in the letters that she had sent to them, 12 they proclaimed a fast and set Naboth at the head of the people. 13 And the two worthless men came in and sat opposite him. And the worthless men brought a charge against Naboth in the presence of the people, saying, “Naboth cursed God and the king.” So they took him outside the city and stoned him to death with stones. 14 Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, “Naboth has been stoned; he is dead.” 15 As soon as Jezebel heard that Naboth had been stoned and was dead, Jezebel said to Ahab, “Arise, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused to give you for money, for Naboth is not alive, but dead.” 16 And as soon as Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, Ahab arose to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it. —I Kings 21:7-16

            Wicked, evil people in power positions purse ungodly goals.  In the context of the verses above King Ahab coveted a vineyard that belonged to Naboth.  When Naboth did not want to sell or barter it the king became sullen and pouting.  The king’s wife, Jezebel, asked him what was wrong and when she found out she decided to take action.  What an abuse of power from somebody in authority.  I wonder, how many people in power today are also as abusive as this example or even worse?  Jezebel had Naboth falsely accused and executed.  Such corruption then… and now!

            Government is God’s servant (Romans 13:1-7), but those in government many times “lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors” (Luke 22:25).  They areto be looking out for the welfare of those they governed, but all too often those in power positons look out for their own welfare.  Too many times they wickedly act to gain what they desire as in the example above.

            But let it be known.  There will be dire consequences for people who rule and live like this.  The Lord God sees all and He will bring about justice in His time.  The consequence from the above example was that of King Ahab being killed in battle by a “random” arrow shot in battle.  God directed that arrow to His intended target.  Ahab died by God’s determination.  Queen Jezebel was also judged by a horrible death (II Kings 9:30-37). 

            Yes, our Lord God Almighty will bring about judgment.  The worst judgment is not physical though.  The worst judgment is spiritual— it is eternal judgment in the Lake of Fire.  Oh, may we warn all people of this coming judgment regardless of who they are.  Yes, let us let them know both of God’s love and God’s wrath and encourage them to receive Jesus (John 1:12). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyUnpjd3TPU

Dear Father, be pleased to work through me to encourage others to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior.  May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.  So be it!

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