There is an interesting story in 1 Kings 21 about a man named Naboth. He lived in ancient Jezreel and was a subject of King Ahab of Samaria. He owned a vineyard that was adjacent to a palace of the king. Ahab wanted the vineyard for himself and tried to convince Naboth to either exchange the land for another parcel or sell it to the monarch. Naboth refused: “The Lord forbid that I should give you the inheritance that was passed down by my ancestors.”
Ahab returned to his palace and sulked: “So Ahab went home angry and sullen because of Naboth’s answer. The king went to bed with his face to the wall and refused to eat!”
Really? He didn’t get his way so he threw himself a pity party? You may remember his wife, Jezebel. She was vain, ruthless, power hungry, and vengeful. After scorning her husband, she told him she would take care of things. She had Naboth stoned to death and seized the vineyard from his heirs. That wasn’t the end of the story.
God sent the prophet Elijah with a chilling warning and prediction. Eventually, Jezebel would suffer a horrible death on the very spot where Naboth’s vineyard was located. In 2012, archaeologists discovered the large winery complex that was at the center of Naboth’s vineyard.
In a day like ours, it seems that everything and everyone has a price. Naboth paid dearly for refusing to surrender his inheritance but his murder did not go unpunished. There are things in our lives that should not be for sale … convictions that we will not compromise … principles that will not be forfeited.
We claim to be people of the Book. Today more than ever, we need to stand on the truth of God’s Word. Truth is not for sale.