“And it came to pass after these things, that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard, which was in Jezreel, hard by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria.” – I Kings 21:1
In the book of I Kings, we read about a man named Naboth. In the first verse, we can see that he and his family owned a vineyard that was in close proximity to the king’s palace. There is no mention of the vineyard having any special qualities about it, just it’s location. The Bible never mentions its size, how many buildings are on the property, or even its value… we just know that Naboth owned a vineyard next to Ahab’s palace.
“And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near unto my house: and I will give thee for it a better vineyard than it; or, if it seem good to thee, I will give thee the worth of it in money.” – I Kings 21:2
In verse 2, we learn that King Ahab wanted Naboth’s vineyard for himself. Ahab was not a good king… in fact, he was the worst king that Israel ever had! Not only was Ahab a bad man but his wife, Jezebel, was even worse. She was born and raised a pagan that wanted nothing to do with God. She was a bad influence to be around and yet, she was always right there beside Ahab giving him advice.
This story is a perfect picture of how the devil tries to take over different areas of our lives. The devil doesn’t want you to focus on the things of God and he will do whatever it takes to knock you off track spiritually!
In verse 2, Ahab offered to either buy the vineyard or trade Naboth for a better vineyard in a different location. Satan will always offer you a trade for “something better!”
“And Naboth said to Ahab, The Lord forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.” – I Kings 21:3
With what seems to be a tempting offer, Naboth stood his ground! He refused Ahab offer! Why would he reject such an offer? He simply said, “The Lord forbid it me….” Naboth was aware that the Bible said that he needed to protect his inheritance. He realized something important… that vineyard wasn’t really his to give away! That vineyard was given to him by his parents and it was his job to make sure it was still there to give to his kids. He was entrusted with the vineyard, to keep and protect it!
The same is true for us. There are things given to us that we need to keep and protect. Men and women before us did their job and passed things down to us, and we need to make sure we are passing them down to the next generation!
1) The Bible – The King James Bible is the perfect, inspired word of God. We need to make sure we are passing it down those who come after us. The devil will tempt you with lies such as, “other versions are easier to understand” and “it’s not really a big deal, all versions are pretty much the same.” Keep it and protect it!
2) The Local Church – The church is an assembly of saved and baptized believers. The church is a great place for encouragement and learning. We need to make sure the next generation understands the importance of remaining faithful to and serving in your local church.
3) God Honoring Music – God created music as a way for us to bring glory to Him. It’s a beautiful thing that can prepare the heart for the preaching of God’s word. Beware of these “modern churches” that have praise teams and rock bands in their services in order to “reach more people.” We are called to be separate, not blend in.
There are many other things that God has entrusted us with, but we need to make sure we are doing our job protecting what has been given to us! Naboth was willing to die for this (and did)! The devil is very subtle and is full of false promises. He will always promise you a “better vineyard” but you need to stand your ground… stick to the old paths and protect what we have for the next generation! They are counting on us! Your beliefs and standards should not be for sale!