Have you seen how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Since he has humbled himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his time. I will bring the evil upon his house in his son’s time. 1 Kings 21:29 NABRE
King Ahab’s wife Jezebel orchestrates a scenario where Naboth is murdered and King Ahab takes possession of Naboth’s vineyard. God sends Elijah, a prophet, to Ahab accusing him of Naboth’s murder, as well as Jezebel, informing the King his blood will flow in same field with Naboth’s. Elijah speaking for God gives a very descriptive image of the results of King Ahab’s deeds in such a way King Ahab is scared into humility and repentance. He tears his garment, a sign of sorrow, changing into sackcloth a rough material causing irritation, as well as sleeping in sackcloth and he carries himself in a subdued manner. God recognizing Ahab’s remorse and repentance tells Elijah He will not bring evil upon him in this time, but the king’s ancestor, his son will be punished for the act of his father, though in a way it is a reward to King Ahab his son will even be allowed rule.
We have this contrast of Naboth a simple and happy man with King Ahab a rich but sad king. Naboth who has integrity and honor eventually disrupts the kingdom through his humble and integral act. King Ahab who has the power to lead and be a great ruler, is a sinner, even by his own estimation, all because he sentences a poor man to death. In the eyes of God, the weak confound the strong and the foolish trip up the wise. We can never underestimate people who are needed by God to live according to God’s will. We may dismiss people but God has a purpose for everyone. The littlest can topple a kingdom.
Who do you overlook in your daily encounters? Have you experienced wisdom from a surprising source?In the eyes of God, the weak confound the strong and the foolish trip up the wise. We can never underestimate people who are needed by God to live according to God’s will. We may dismiss people but God has a purpose for everyone. Click To Tweet
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