Naboth said to Ahab, “The LORD forbid that I should give you my ancestral heritage.” 1 Kings 21:3 NABRE
We read how King Ahab speaks to Naboth about changing possession of his vineyard. Naboth tends his family vineyard which is next to King Ahab’s castle. King Ahab wants to use the vineyard of Naboth for a private garden. Naboth refuses to negotiate with King Ahab about the transfer of the property to the King. A decision that is critical to both men, the King, being refused the land no longer wants to live and begins a starvation to death. Naboth feels such a duty to his ancestors no matter what King Ahab does he will not relinquish the family land. In Hebrew history ancestral land is inherited from forebears according to the law (see Leviticus 25:23 and Numbers 36:7) This is a type of inheritance that is not allowed to be disposed of, it is the responsibility to the ancestral line to be caretaker of their land. Being in an ancestral line proves a person is Hebrew and tied to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as well as a particular Hebrew tribe, it is an important root. The land is also important to ancestors because the family is buried in the land. Naboth takes his ancestral duty quite seriously even refusing the King who will kill himself.
This commitment is a reason God chooses the Hebrew people first, He knew He could count on them to carry the history of their nation forward. God moves through history, from the time of the first people, though the Hebrew people to the mission of Christ. It is important to know God’s work in the universe so we may know where God wants us to move, to transition to an understanding that we are God’s children and that God will do anything for us. This ancestral dedication is part of God’s story for all people.
Do you hang on to anything of your ancestors? What is your ancestral history?It is important to know God’s work in the universe so we may know where God wants us to move, to transition to an understanding that we are God’s children and that God will do anything for us. Click To Tweet
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