Projects and possessions aren’t the prize. People are. That’s what Jesus saw. People.
Notes And Next Steps
1 Kings 21:1-19 + Part 3 of the series “Vivid"
Ahab said to Naboth, “Let me have your vineyard to use for a vegetable garden, since it is close to my palace. In exchange I will give you a better vineyard or, if you prefer, I will pay you whatever it is worth.” But Naboth replied, “The Lord forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my ancestors.” (1 Kings 21:2,3)
“Proclaim a day of fasting and seat Naboth in a prominent place among the people. But seat two scoundrels opposite him and have them bring charges that he has cursed both God and the king. Then take him out and stone him to death.” (1 Kings 21:9,10)
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
Like Naboth, Jesus was also falsely accused. Like Naboth, Jesus was also murdered.
God saw Naboth as the prized possession, and sees you that way too because of the sacrifice of Jesus.
SPIRITUAL NEXT STEP
Ask yourself throughout this week, “Am I seeing this person the way that God sees them? Am I seeing myself the way that God sees me?” How might that make a difference?
- What is the difficulty of defining human rights in our society?
- What rights do humans have before God? (Read Ephesians 2:1-10; John 1:12).
- Ask yourself throughout this week, “Am I seeing this person the way that God sees them? Am I seeing myself the way that God sees me?” How might that make a difference?
- Read the parable of Jesus in Luke 20:9-18. What are some similarities between it and the true story of Naboth?
- Explain what it means to live not as a victim, but as a victor in Christ. (Read 1 Corinthians 15:56-58).