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In Jezreel, the very city where Jezebel was to meet her end eventually, a beautiful vineyard could be found, owned by a man named Naboth the Jezreelite. Unfortunately, it was near to one of Ahab’s palaces. Ahab approached Naboth, offering to buy the vineyard in some form of commerce. (Money, in the sense of coins, was not yet part of Israelite culture.) Naboth’s response was instant. There was no “I’ll think it over.” Refusing to sell was not a matter of price or condition: “The Lord forbid that I should give the inheritance of my fathers to you” ( Kings :). This wasn’t an issue of stubbornness but of spiritual principle. Naboth had not been seduced by Jezebel’s introduction of Baal worship. He clung to the ways of his family whose devotion was toward the God of Israel. To sell the vineyard to Ahab, or to anyone for that matter, would be a violation of Mosaic Law. His refusal was not a display of disdain to the king’s wishes, a mere sentiment of stubbornness. Naboth was duty-bound by God to keep the land in his family. But such religious formalities meant nothing to Ahab. As of yet, the woman Jezebel was not aware of the proposed transaction. But the demon Jezebel did know what was happening and saw Naboth’s ancestral respect as an opening for mischief. The moment that Ahab returned to his palace, depressed and sullen over Naboth’s rebuff, the spirit of Jezebel kicked into action. As we might put it in the vernacular today, Ahab retired to his bed, pulled the covers over his head, and sulked. He refused to eat. Jezebel saw her husband’s behavior and learned of the cause. Her reaction was immediate. Demons waste no time when they see an opportunity. Inspired by the evil spirits within her, the queen declared, in so many words, “Why should you pout like this. You’re the king and can have anything you want. I’ve no idea why you want this particular vineyard, but that’s beside the point. You want it, take it. And if you don’t, I will. Get up and eat. Be merry. I’ll handle this. Naboth’s vineyard is as good as yours.” The Bible doesn’t tell us how long this situation germinated in Jezebel’s thoughts as she hatched a plot. The sense is that she acted posthaste. 36

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