As we read the story of Naboth, it may be tempting to forget who God is. After all, everyone in the story forgets it, except Naboth. They demonstrate again and again that they are willing to use God to their own ends, but we can be confident that God is not mocked. The treatment of Naboth will be the nail in the coffin for the Ahabic dynasty. That said, it also is a good illustration of things to remember about authority. The king had no right to take the land, even being a king. There was a prescribed order that the people were to follow despite a kings orders. Namely, God wanted legacies to remain in tact. Naboth followed the law and stood up to Ahab. This was right behavior on his part, before God and the king. Submitting to government doesn’t always mean acquiescence to it. However, Naboth also was unceremoniously killed because of it. It wasn’t a meaningless death as he died standing up for God and family. But we must remember that death is a possibility when we do.
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY.
First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years.
I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy.
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