(NIV1984) 1 Kings 21:18-19 – “‘Go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, who rules in Samaria. He is now in Naboth’s vineyard, where he has gone to take possession of it. Say to him, “This is what the LORD says: Have you not murdered a man and seized his property?” Then say to him, “This is what the LORD says: In the place where dogs licked up Naboth’s blood, dogs will lick up your blood—yes, yours!”‘”
So many quotations!!
Also of interest, where is Elisha in all this?
Now, here is my question – is Jezebel in Samaria? Because Ahab rules in Samaria but Naboth the Jezreelite’s vineyard is right next to Ahab’s palace. So is Jezebel in Samaria or are they the same thing?
So I checked the map I was using before (http://www.strictlygenteel.co.uk/sanctified/sanctifiedimages/p137.jpg) and Samaria is about 20 miles away from Jezreel. I am still confused. Perhaps Ahab must have two palaces, then, which would make sense for a king. (Or maybe the vineyard is in Samaria?)
So in God’s eyes, Ahab murdered Naboth. This makes me think of David’s murder of Uriah for Bathsheba (to read the whole story, read 2 Samuel 11-12:25). He might not have personally murdered him, but he certainly set up for it. Jezebel may have done all of the prep. work, and other people may have obeyed and murdered Naboth – but Ahab’s frustration and silence…. Is it possible that Ahab knew Jezebel would get involved? Is that why he sulked and refused to eat, to get her attention and have her fix things? Or is it just that he knew, when she said she would get the vineyard for him (1 Kings 21:7), that she was going to go out of her way and murder Naboth? Is his silence the crime here?
Also, vs. 19 gives us a better and more tragic idea of what happened to Naboth – they didn’t even clean up his blood! This also implies that Ahab, too, will die – or at the very least bleed – outside the city. And perhaps he wouldn’t believe it when he was told.
What am I taking from this? Speak up. Don’t allow bad things to happen in your name – not murder; keep your reputation spotless, as spotless as possible. But not for you.