If you wish to be miserable, think about yourself; about what you want, what you like; what respect people ought to pay you; and then to you nothing will be pure. You will spoil everything you touch; you will make misery for yourself out of everything good; you will be as awful as you choose. - Charles Kingsley In 1 Kings 21 King Ahab wanted to buy some land. âThe vineyard was in Jezreel, close to the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. Ahab said to Naboth, âLet me have your vineyard to use for a vegetable garden, since it is close to my palace. In exchange I will give you a better vineyard or, if you prefer, I will pay you whatever it is worth.â But Naboth replied, âThe Lord forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my ancestors.â So Ahab went home, sullen and angry because Naboth the Jezreelite had said, âI will not give you the inheritance of my ancestors.â He lay on his bed sulking and refused to eatâ. 1 Kings 21:1-5 The Kings wanted something and he could not have it. How dare Naboth refuse him. So he goes home and pouts. Jezebel, his wife, conspires to have Naboth defamed and killed so that the King can get his land. She succeeds and completes one of the saddest stories in the Bible. The King had an obligation to protect his people, but instead his selfishness led to a series of terrible events. This is what selfishness does to us.
April 27, 2023
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