(I Kings 21:1 – 29)
Prophet Elijah fought moral corruption by condemning King Ahab’s behaviour involving Naboth’s vineyard.
- Ahab coveted Naboth’s vineyard, which was adjacent to the palace.
- He offered to buy it but Naboth refused because it was a family inheritance.
- The king was depressed but Jezebel planned a corrupt scheme to acquire it.
- She forged letters using the King’s Seal and accused Naboth falsely for:
(ii) Cursing the king/ treason.
- This led to the stoning to death of Naboth.
- Ahab went and possessed the land.
In so doing Ahab and Jezebel had broken the following commandments: 1 Kings 21:1-16
- They broke the commandment of not to kill when they planned for the stoning of Naboth.
- When they worshipped idols, they broke the commandment of not worshipping other gods.
- They broke the commandment of not coveting a neighbor’s property when they wanted Naboth’s vineyard.
- The commandment of not stealing was broken when they planned to take away Naboth’s vineyard.
- They used the name of God in vain when they said Naboth had blasphemed against God.
- The commandment of not to cheat/ bear false witness was broken when they planned/ instituting false witnesses against Naboth.
Forms of punishment prophesied by Prophet Elijah to king Ahab and Jezebel - 1 Kings 21:19-24.
- Death of King Ahab would be in the same place/ valley of Jezreel like Naboth’s. Vs. 19.
- Evil would be upon Ahab. Vs.21.
- God was to take away the posterity of Ahab/ his rule would come to an end.
- Dogs would lick the blood of Ahab.
- All the male children free/ slaves would be cut off.
- The lineage of Ahab would be wiped out.
- The dogs would eat anybody who belongs to the family of Ahab who died in the city. Vs. 24.
- The birds of the air would eat all members of Ahab’s family who die in the field.
- Dogs would eat the body of Jezebel within the bounds of Jezreel. Vs 23.