Friday, October 18, 2013

Inheritance, Injustice, and a Greater Story

A king, dissatisfied with the riches he already has, attempts to buy a vineyard from an average citizen. When the citizen refuses, holding his family inheritance too dear to sell it even to a king, the king pouts like a child.

"What's your problem?" asks his queen. "You're a king--you can do whatever you want." She promptly makes arrangements to have the vineyard owner falsely accused of blasphemy and executed. "Problem solved," she tells her husband. "The vineyard is yours."

On the surface, 1 Kings 21 is a straightforward story of two wicked rulers scheming to commit injustice and offending a holy God. But if you look a little more closely, you see another main character. Ahab and Naboth and Jezebel aren't the point of this story--and, for that matter, I am not the point of my story.

Check out my post at Pick Your Portion today to read about how I see Jesus in the story of Naboth's vineyard

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