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Joy In Being Humbled (1 Kings 21)

Devastating Selfishness (21:1-16)

There is a saying that is true in our day and it was true in ancient times. The three rules about real estate are location, location, and location. As 1 Kings 21 opens we see that there is a man named Naboth who has a vineyard in Jezreel that is next door to King Ahab’s palace. This was certainly a fine piece of property since kings did not build their palaces in terrible geographic locations. Ahab would like to expand his property because he would like to have a vegetable garden. Now Ahab makes a reasonable offer to Naboth. He offers Naboth a better vineyard than what he currently possesses or he will give him the monetary value of the property. But Naboth responds in verse 3, “The Lord forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my fathers.” This is not simple situation…

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