(NIV1984) 1 Kings 21:9-14 – “In those letters she wrote:
“‘Proclaim a day of fasting and seat Naboth in a prominent place among the people. But seat two scoundrels opposite him and have them testify that he has cursed both God and the king. Then take him out and stone him to death.’
“So the elders and nobles who lived in Naboth’s city did as Jezebel directed in the letters she had written to them. They proclaimed a fast and seated Naboth in a prominent place among the people. Then two scoundrels came and sat opposite him and brought charges against Naboth before the people, saying, ‘Naboth has cursed both God and the king.’ So they took him outside the city and stoned him to death. Then they sent word to Jezebel: ‘Naboth has been stoned and is dead.'”
Of course Jezebel as a plan, one that involves scoundrels. Why would the people believe scoundrels? But they do. And the elders and nobles immediately know who to get. And not only do they say that Naboth has cursed Ahab – they say he has cursed God. He certainly hasn’t done that, not that we’ve seen him do. And it doesn’t seem like something he would do. And why bring it before the people? Why not just take it to the elders and nobles? Because this way, it appears there’s no trial. It would seem this way that all the people agree in Naboth’s murder.
Perhaps it was a mob stoning? And there’s symbolism in his being outside the city.
And they send word back to Jezebel. They know she’s the one responsible for this, not Ahab. Even if that’s how the king should act, they know it’s not the king’s actions.
I guess, right now, it’s the placement of the scoundrels that interests me. They weren’t farther down the line, and they weren’t next to Naboth. They were opposite him, staring him in the face. Was their place just as prominent as his?
I guess this just shows something of how Satan works. Our enemies are in front of us, staring us in the face, as they accuse us. But it’s the scoundrels, not the elders or nobles themselves. (This is not to say that elders and nobles do not attack us. It’s just an interesting thought.)