A Wicked Leader

1 Kings 21:1-16. Now it came about after these things that a man named Naboth had a vineyard which was beside the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. Ahab spoke to Naboth, saying, “Give me your vineyard, that I may have it for a vegetable garden because it is close beside my house, and I will give you a better vineyard than it in its place; if you like, I will give you the price of it in money.” But Naboth said to Ahab, “The Lord forbid me that I should give you the inheritance of my fathers. . . .So Jezebel (Ahab’s wife) wrote letters in Ahab’s name and sealed them with his seal, and sent letters to the elders and to the nobles who were living with Naboth in his city. Now she wrote in the letters, saying, “Proclaim a feast and seat Naboth at the head of the people; and seat two worthless men before him, and let them testify against him, saying, ‘You cursed God and the king.’ Then take him out and stone him to death. . . . . When Jezebel heard that Naboth had been stoned and was dead, Jezebel said to Ahab, “Arise, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth which he refused to give you for money; for Naboth is dead.” When Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, Ahab arose to go down to the vineyard of Naboth to take possession of it.

A rich King murders a poor man to gain more. Very evil and very sad that that kind of evil exists in leaders of countries, but it does, and it will get worse right up to the anti- Christ who will be the worst of them all.

As we hurdle toward the day that the antichrist becomes the king of the world things will get worse and worse, governments will get worse and worse. There will be some like Naboth who get murdered for being at the wrong place at the wrong time, but most of us will have a semblance of a normal life. Our responsibility given to us by God is to live righteously, loving every person God sovereignty brings into our life, no matter how hard they may be to love, and win as many people to faith in Jesus as possible.

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