Ahab is not my fav. From today's reading, he is cranky and not the best leader.
Ahab gets into a little conflict with another king. Ben-Hadad decides he wants in on what Israel has and threatens to come and take it all. But God is on Ahab's side and grants them victory in battle. Ben-Hadad strikes again and is again subdued. A truce is made between the two. So he did a little good, saved his people and handled matters accordingly, but this is one good drop in a sea of terrible ideas.
Later on, he decides he wants a man's vineyard this is near his palace. The guy won't let him have it, so he sulks and mopes around the palace. Sneaky Jezebel tells him to grow up... she will acquire the vineyard for him. Jezebel writes a letter to the city officials and basically sets it up for the man to be stoned to death. After he's dead, Ahab takes possession of the land. God is not to excited about this and sends Elijah to rebuke him. He threatens horrible death on Ahab and Jezebel for their evil ways. But then Elijah watches Ahab for a time and sees him wearing sackcloth and showing true repentance. God decides to spare him for now, but will show his wrath to Ahab's future generations. This is the second time I've noticed the evil person getting off and his children paying for it... doesn't seem right does it? But who am I to question...
I tell you what,, that Jezebel is a wily temptress!
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