TODAY’S READING: 1 KINGS 21-22
Will you sell everything, your possessions and your self, for the word of God?
That’s the word of God, as in Jesus. Not the Bible.
This is the question that we are faced with in 1 Kings 21. The Spirit asks us if we sell all our possessions for the the word of God, Jesus.
NABOTH IS A PICTURE OF JESUS
1 Kings 21:1 says that Naboth was a Jezreelite, and he had a vineyard in Jezreel.
The name Naboth means fruits, words, prophecies, or a sprout.
Jezreel means God sows or he will be sown of God.
I believe we can see Naboth as a picture of Jesus. Jesus is the word of God. He only spoke the words of God.
Like Naboth, Jesus was a Jezreelite, one that was sown by God. In John 12:24, Jesus says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”
AHAB IS A PICTURE OF OUR HEART
The vineyard of Naboth was right next to the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. The palace is a picture of our heart, which is the kingdom that we rule.
Because Naboth’s vineyard was right next to Ahab’s palace, we see that Jesus, the word of God, is always near us.
AHAB WANTS NABOTH’S VINEYARD ON THE CHEAP
In 1 Kings 21:2, Ahab says to Naboth, “Give me your vineyard, that I may have it for a vegetable garden, because it is near my house, and I will give you a better vineyard for it; or, if it seems good to you, I will give you its value in money.” Ahab wanted to exchange Naboth’s vineyard, land that was very valuable, for a vegetable garden, which was worth much less.
Also, vineyard’s were on hills or mountains. Therefore, they were watered by God. But, the Hebrew word for vegetable is used just three times in the Old Testament. Deuteronomy 11:10 says, “For the land that you are entering to take possession of it is not like the land of Egypt, from which you have come, where you sowed your seed and irrigated it, like a garden of vegetables.” Vegetable gardens required lots of work from men to irrigate them.
If Naboth wouldn’t trade his vineyard for the vegetable garden, then Ahab offered to buy it for money. But, Ahab was willing to pay just its value in money. Ahab would give Naboth what it was worth.
SELLING ALL FOR THE WORD OF GOD
Proverbs 23:23 says, “Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.”
Ahab offered to buy Naboth’s vineyard, but he was only willing to give Naboth its value in money. But, that’s not how we are to buy truth, the word of God.
In Matthew 13:44, Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”
Ahab was only willing to give up something of equal or lesser value for Naboth’s vineyard even though he had an entire palace right next to the vineyard. He certainly was not willing to sell all he had.
We can see ourselves in this. Jesus, the word of God, is very near our hearts, our palace, our kingdom. But, we often try to give up a few things that aren’t that valuable to us to get his access to his fruits, his vineyard, his word, his truth. Instead, we need to be willing to give up all for the treasures of wisdom that Christ has.