Ahab’s repentance after the Naboth’s vineyard episode has a slight parallel with David’s repentance. An Ahab needs more than repentance; he needs a Saviour who can redeem him by grace. Repentance, by itself, cannot bring me forgiveness and eternal life. It is forgiveness in the blood of Christ. Jesus had to come!
“And as soon as Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, Ahab arose to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it.”
It is a sad thing that Ahab through Jezebel’s murderous manipulation took Naboth’s inheritance.
Naboth had a strong conviction in his inheritance, the vineyard.
It’s interesting to think about us as part of a vine – As Jesus does in John 15 when He says,
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.”
So if we are part of the true vine, what is the inheritance?
In 1 Peter 1 we read that through Jesus’ resurrection we are born again,
“… To an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,”
How wonderful this is! Our inheritance cannot be stolen like Naboth’s vineyard was.
We belong to a vine that will never die, Jesus is the forever King, our God who is alive!
* Father God,
Thank You for the inheritance we have in You the Son, our King and Saviour Jesus.
Thank You that through His imperishable life we are born again, into an inheritance like no other.
Thank You Lord God, for Your promises to us, for the heavenly rest that we look forward to, the new heavens and the new earth that You are building.
Oh Lord we look forward to that final day when we see You face to face!