On the surface, the story of Naboth’s vineyard in 1 Kings 21 seems straightforward: a profoundly wicked king and queen, the injustice they commit, the innocent man who dies at their hands, and the judgment they receive from a holy God.
But like all good stories, this one points to a greater Story. This story has another main character—one whose name is not mentioned, but whose presence looms large between every line, if we only have eyes to see Him.
Consider Naboth, who refused to sell his inheritance. Despite the fact that he could make a profit (the king, after all, was offering to give him a better vineyard), he held fast to his family’s land, knowing that this proof of God’s promises was priceless.
Naboth was falsely accused of offending God and the king. Powerful rulers plotted against him, producing false witnesses and charging him with blasphemy. Naboth was taken outside the city and killed for a crime he did not commit. Once he was dead, another could take possession of his inheritance. “Naboth is not alive, but dead,” Jezebel announced triumphantly to her husband (v.… Continue Reading