Saturday, January 25, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 51 Monday

I Kings chapter 21

Does God issue any commands?

  • After the death of Naboth God sent Elijah to King Ahab to tell him that the dogs would lick his blood in the same location that they licked Naboth's.

Does God make any promises?

  • Not only did God promise Ahab a violent death but He promised that all the male descendants of Ahab would be destroyed thus ending his dynasty.
  • God also promised a violent death for Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.
  • Because Ahab humbled himself by fasting and repenting in sackcloth and ashes God promised that the prophesied curse upon his posterity would not happen in his lifetime but in the lifetime of his son.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • The confrontation and conversation between King Ahab and Naboth about the latter's vineyard is very like the conversation and temptation between Jesus and Satan when Jesus was sent into the wilderness to be tested. Ahab offered Naboth a better vineyard but Naboth wanted to keep what was his by inheritance. Satan offered Jesus the kingdoms of the world, but Jesus was not interested in the worldly kingdoms of Satan because He had His own Kingdom and vineyard that He wanted to keep (and is still keeping). When Ahab and Satan did not get their way they had the righteous individuals, Naboth and Jesus, killed at the word of slanderous testimony that claimed the righteous person had blasphemed God, which is an ironic twist coming from the minds of evil.
  • Jezebel reacts to the news of Naboth's death much like the religious leaders who put Jesus to death reacted when they heard He was dead. They rejoiced at the news.

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • Not that I identified.

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