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Tuesday, June 3 2014
1 Kings 21: Naboth's Vineyard
"When Jezebel heard that Naboth was stoned, and was dead, that Jezebel said to Ahab, Arise, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused to give thee for money"
Two of The Ten Commandments (see Exodus 20: The Ten Commandments; also Deuteronomy 5: The Ten Commandments - Forty Years Later) directly relate to private property rights.
"20:15 Thou shalt not steal." (Exodus 20:15 KJV)
Other Commandments also deal with private property rights. The Fourth Commandment is actually in two parts - to rest on the Sabbath Day after working on the first six days of the week to personally earn what one owns (see The Christian Work Days, The Christian Sabbath; also Why Observe The True Sabbath?).
"20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 20:10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it." (Exodus 20:8-11 KJV)
The Commandment against murder deals with protecting the ultimate property right - one's life. All too often, coveting, murder and theft are committed together for the purpose of a single crime - as happened with the incident of Jezebel and Naboth's vineyard.
Naboth was the owner of a small family-heritage vineyard in Jezreel. It was apparently the only property that he owned, unlike King Ahab who was very wealthy and had much property. Nevertheless, Ahab coveted Naboth's land; he wanted to remove Naboth's vineyard and plant a vegetable garden.
"21:1 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. 21:2 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.
Weak and corrupt King Ahab at least respected the righteous principle of private property rights and accepted Naboth's refusal to sell. Unfortunately for Naboth, Ahab's wife Jezebel was a despicable and lawless witch who had no respect for anything except her Satanic religion (see 1 Kings 18: Elijah's Defeat Of The Prophets Of Baal) - which had no prohibition against coveting, theft and murder. Jezebel arranged for completely-innocent Naboth to be falsely accused and executed. Although Jezebel is infamous for the incident, she was hardly alone in the atrocity: "even the elders and the nobles who were the inhabitants in his city, did as Jezebel had sent unto them."
"21:4 And Ahab came into his house heavy and displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him: for he had said, I will not give thee the inheritance of my fathers. And he laid him down upon his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no bread.
The murder of Naboth brought about a death sentence for Ahab and Jezebel - in due time. The judgment of the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) was delivered by the prophet Elijah.
"21:17 And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, 21:18 Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, which is in Samaria: behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he is gone down to possess it. 21:19 And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Hast thou killed, and also taken possession? And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine.
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This Day In History, June 3
1083: Henry IV of Germany attacked Rome and captured St. Peter's Cathedral (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1098: During the First Crusade, the Crusaders took Antioch after a five-month siege (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1140: The French scholar Peter Abelard was convicted of heresy.
1326: The Treaty of Novgorod defined the borders between Russia and Norway in Finnmark (an area of northeastern Norway).
1539: Hernando De Soto claimed what later became known as "Florida" for Spain.
1608: Samuel de Champlain completed his third voyage to "New France" (much of North America east of the Mississippi River).
1621: The Dutch West India Company was granted a charter for New Netherland (the general area that later became known as New England).
1665: James Stuart, Duke of York (later King James II of England) defeated the Dutch fleet off the coast of Lowestoft.
1769: Captain James Cook, a year into his circumnavigation of the world, observed the transit of Venus over the sun.
1778: The first issue of The Montreal Gazette was published.
1818: The last of the Maratha Wars between the British and the Maratha Confederacy in India ended, securing British supremacy in India.
1866: The Fenians (a cult of Irish rebels) were driven out of Fort Erie, Ontario, into the U.S.
1841: Nicolas Appert died at age 91, The French chef and distiller, known as "the father of canning," invented the method of preserving food by enclosing it in hermetically sealed containers.
1885: The last military battle fought in Canadian territory: Cree against the North West Mounted Police (later to become the Royal Canadian Mounted Police).
1934: Dr. Frederick Banting of Toronto, co-discoverer of insulin, was knighted by King George V.
1937: The Duke of Windsor, who had abdicated as King Edward VIII of England, married Wallis Simpson in France. He gave up the crown to marry her, the first voluntary abdication in 1,000 years. His brother became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II.
1940: During the Second World War (1939-1945), the German Luftwaffe (air force) bombed Paris.
1969: Off the coast of South Vietnam, the Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne collided with the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Frank E. Evans; the destroyer was severed in half.
1979: An oil blowout at the Ixtoc I oil well in the Gulf of Mexico caused a 3 million barrel oil spill into the water. It was the second-worst accidental oil spill.
1989: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, revolutionary leader of Iran, died at age 89.
1989: China's crackdown on pro-democracy dissidents protesting in Tiananmen Square began.
1991: Mount Unzen erupted in Japan; 43 people were killed 43 people, all either scientists or journalists.