me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee. And Ahab came
into his house heavy and displeased because of the word which Naboth the
Jezreelite had spoken to him: for he had said, I will not give thee the
inheritance of my fathers. And he laid him down upon his bed, and turned away
his face, and would eat no bread.”
said unto him, Give me thy vineyard for money; or else, if it please thee, I
will give thee another vineyard for it: and he answered, I will not give thee
on a hillside a peak, or sometimes it would be terraced. A hedge surrounded the
vineyard or a stony wall to keep out destructive animals and a tower was
erected for the watchman. A press was constructed and a large vat was hewn out
of stone. Laborers were sometimes hired to work in the vineyard for it was
necessary to prune it to dig about it, to pull weeds, and so on.
Naboth who was a good upstanding citizen whose ancestors had occupied the same
land for many generations before him. The land contained a vineyard, which
happened to be just outside the palace walls of King Ahab. The king wanted to
plant an herb garden and his search for a plot of ground he noticed Naboth’s
vineyard. Naboth’s vineyard was a
very desirable piece of ground for what the king wanted.
just would not go away. The yearning became more overwhelming by the moment.
King Ahab then approached Naboth with what might seem to some a reasonable
offer for the land Naboth owned. However, this land was inherited and Naboth
was the protector as well as possessor.
the Lord as his witness caused Naboth to shun King Ahab’s offer. Naboth said
it’s not for sale! In actuality the law forbade the selling of the land. This
land could not be sold for the law stated the selling of the land which was
divided to certain families could not be consummated because the land was God’s
land entrusted to Naboth.
refusing the king’s office on the basis of two things. Legally he could not
sell and spiritually he could not sell.
King Ahab not willing to use force attempted to negotiate a fair value
either in money or better land for Naboth’s vineyard. Naboth would have been a
fool to turn down such an offer some might say but Naboth must obey God rather
than man thus he says “Not for sale!”
discouraged, and dismayed about Naboth’s refusal to make a deal with him or
worse than that Naboth would not even consider the proposition. The king like
so many has now let his emotions and his feelings come before the will of God.
Naboth simply replied, “The LORD forbid
me.” Why wouldn’t Naboth strike a deal with the king?
who wanted it
the king and queen followed Baal
who the land really belonged to – God
he was given the inheritance at a great price.
daddy had worked to keep and maintain and protect this vineyard. He thought of
grandpa and his great grandpa’s hard labor. The truth is none of us have a
right to sell something that does not belong to us. It would be like you going
out into the church parking lot and auctioning off the cars parked on that
church lot. Why not? Because they do not belong to you!
Naboth was right! So he goes home and pouts! He goes home and acts like a three
year old that cannot get his way. King Ahab here s a picture of the devil and
the world. Naboth here pictures God’s people who are in God’s family. The
vineyard pictures what God has entrusted with his children.
to make deals with God’s people about what God has entrusted them with, because
if he can get the possession he can get the person! Do not forget this, if Satan
can get what you have he automatically has you!
destroying your church or the believers in that local church for all he wants
is ownership. If the devil can get the possession he can get the person! If the
devil can get what you have then he will have you!
Let me make it perfectly clear. No deacon board has a right to dictate to a preacher which ministries live and which ministries die. I have been given ultimatums and I refuse to be bullied into not obeying what God led me to do.
present time we are living under the rule of a wicked king in this old world, but there are certain rights and privileges that the devil cannot violate.
Satan wants to make a deal, but our cry ought to be “Not for sale!”
sale!” sign out in front of our lives. When you put a “FOR SALE” sign up you are
saying, “I’m quitting! I no longer want what I had given to me by God!” All
over this nation people are placing “FOR SALE” signs up in front of their
ministries, bus ministry, Sunday school class, purity, marriage, Baptist
church, soul winning, life, walk with God, children, church, and the will of
God are for sale! There are some things God’s people ought to remember before
making a deal with the wicked king of this world!
this is an illegal transaction
when you sell God’s possessions you go with the possessions
those who labored for what you have before you arrived
those who labor with you
those who will follow you
there will be a new owner
it is not yours to sell
you will stand before the Judge of the universe and give account
they have is because they are lazy and they let it run down! When you let your
prayer life fall apart, your Sunday school class fall apart, Christian school
fall apart, standards fall apart, convictions fall apart, word of God become
corrupted, bus routes fall apart, purity falls apart, soul winning fall apart,
walk with God falls apart, and the will of God falls apart then you sell!
It says you are lazy! No wonder your vineyard has a “For Sale” sign on it. You
never work your prayer life, bus route, Sunday school class, your church,
Christian school, marriage, children, soul winning, or walk with God and so you
put a “For Sale” sign up.
plow his fields, landscape the yard, paint, and fix up the outside of the house
will not sell! The man who stands with sweat dripping off of his brow from
laboring is approached by someone wanting to trade what you have for something
he has will find the answer to be “Not For Sale!”