Ahab, husband of Jezebel, King of Israel, wicked in the sight of The Lord. Ahab was a slayer of prophets, a builder of high places, who married to a pagan woman that brought her gods and idols to Israel. Ahab ruled during the time of Elijah, the prophet of God, and was in constant strife with Elijah. But, what many people don’t know about Ahab, is the full extent of his evil. My analysis of Ahab starts now.
Ahab ruled in Israel during the time that Asa, the the king of Judah, ruled. Ahab was the son of Omri, (another wicked king), and ruled Israel for 22 years.
And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD above all that were before him. And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him. And he reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria. And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him.
–1 Kings 16:30-33
That opening sentence should hit hard. Asa was the third king of Judah, and Ahab are was the seventh king of Israel in the times, the scripture says that Ahab did evil in the sight of the Lord above all that were before him. Thus, Ahab was the most despicable king Israel had ever seen.
What did he do that was so evil… Well the Bible says: as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebay, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal, king of Zidonians, and went and served Baal and worshipped him.
Here we see two great sins of intentionality: the sin of deliberately bringing idols and pagan gods to Israel by marrying a Phonecian woman–the Phonecians were notorious enemies of God’s people. As I’ve mentioned before, Tyre/Tyrus, was a Phonecian city and known as God’s hated city.–, and also that he turned away from God and worshipped Baal. The reason I say that they were intentional sins and deliberate is because of the first line of verse 31: as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam. It was nothing to Ahab to follow in the steps of his evil ancestor. And, as if that was not a concern of his, with the goal of bringing evil into Israel, he married the daughter of a tribe of Israel’s enemies for the purpose of stirring up God’s wrath and bringing godlessness to Israel.
Ahab wasn’t oblivious to what he was doing, he was intentionally trying to destroy the legacy, “God’s chosen people”, that was a part of Israel. But, not only was he a wicked king, and a terrible person, Ahab was a baby. Read how he handles Naboth’s rejection in this next passage.
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. 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. And Naboth said to Ahab, The LORD forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee. 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. But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him, Why is thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread? And he said unto her, Because I spake unto Naboth the Jezreelite, and said unto him, Give me thy vineyard for money; or else, if it please thee, I will give thee another vineyard for it: and he answered, I will not give thee my vineyard.
–1 Kings 21:1-6
So, Naboth’s won’t sell him the vineyard of his fathers, what does Ahab do? He goes home and pouts, laying around the house, refusing to look at anyone or eat amything. The king of Israel! He is pouting on his bed over a vintage that he couldn’t have. This is rediculous. Is this the legacy he wants to leave? But it wasn’t just Naboth, when Ahab took reign he slew the prophets of God by the hundreds. Not because they were physically dangerous to him, and not because they were a danger to Israel, but because what they said made him feel bad. He didn’t like hearing their message of repentance because it hurt his feelings. So, he killed them. The king of Israel!
With such a legacy, such a man must come to some great destruction, right? Wrong. Jezebel, his queen contrived to get Ahab the vineyard by getting rid of Naboth. When Ahab heard what she had done, he rent his clothes and wept before the Lord. God saw this repentance and promised to spare Ahab the wrath of his reign and place it upon his son instead. Wow! What a legacy to leave behind… Ahab was such a terrible man and a terrible father, that he would stir up God’s wrath, and then not take the force of it, but hand it down to his son to receive. That is the legacy of a coward and a snake.
Many times we read of future kings of Israel and they are referenced as doing sominthing evil, “as Ahab had done.“, and his name is still in infamy to this day. The Godless king of Israel.
As always, thanks for reading.
—the anonymous novelist