After Ahab was told this in 1Kings 20:42, “And he said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Because thou hast let go out of thy hand a man whom I appointed to utter destruction, therefore thy life shall go for his life, and thy people for his people“, he then “went to his house heavy and displeased, and came to Samaria” where that prophecy of “thy life shall go for his life” would be fulfilled.
This time of judgment against Jezebel and Ahab is at the heart of this section of Kings where we learn of Naboth the Jezreelite, a type of Christ, who loses his life at the hand of Jezebel and Ahab, showing us a very bright example of how we are all guilty of “all the righteous blood shed upon the earth” spoken of in Matthew 23:35 and Acts 4:27-28.
Mat 23:35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
Act 4:27 For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,
Act 4:28 For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.
The story of the servants in the vineyard who were beaten (Mat 21:33-40), reminds us of this murderous plot of Ahab and Jezebel against Naboth. The sure lesson for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear is that we are guilty of all including the death of the son of God whom we do not reverence at first: “But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.“
Mat 21:33 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:
Mat 21:34 And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.
Mat 21:35 And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.
Mat 21:36 Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise.
Mat 21:37 But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.
Mat 21:38 But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.
Mat 21:39 And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.
Mat 21:40 When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?
It is only after the destruction of Ahab and Jezebel within us that the other husbandmen can be replaced by them “which shall render him the fruits in their seasons” (Mat 21:41, Psa 1:3, Mat 3:8, Mat 13:8). It is only when God’s judgments occur within our vineyard, meaning the destruction of Ahab and Jezebel who must be miserably destroyed, that men will learn righteousness which is what this parable in Matthew and the adjoining story of Naboth’s vineyard is all about (Isa 26:9).
Mat 21:41 They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, [Ahab and Jezebel within us with seven last plagues (Rev 15:8)] and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons [the body of Christ each joint supplying in love (Luk 12:42, Gal 6:9)].
Psa 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Mat 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
Mat 13:8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
Isa 26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness [judgment is the precursor to bringing forth the fruit of Christ’s righteousness (Rom 2:4, Mat 3:8)].
1Ki 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.
1Ki 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.
1Ki 21:3 And Naboth said to Ahab, The LORD forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.
Notice that Naboth tells Ahab that his vineyard is “the inheritance of my fathers“, and so selling it to him would be akin to selling his birthright or his inheritance, which for God’s elect typifies being connected to the vine of the vineyard, Jesus Christ, who is our inheritance and our birthright, and we are his (Joh 15:5, Eph 1:18).
Joh 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Eph 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
Eph 1:19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power [Eph 2:10],
Eph 1:20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
Eph 1:21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
All these verses below confirm what is given to those who are connected to the vine, Jesus Christ, in this life, and promised “an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.”
Eph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
Eph 1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
Eph 5:5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Col 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
Col 3:24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ [(Rom 14:8, Php 2:12-13), believe on the vine Jesus Christ who is our inheritance and we His (Joh 6:28-29)].
Heb 1:4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
Heb 9:15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
Heb 11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went [(Rom 1:17, Gal 3:11) ‘how we are connected to the vine our inheritance’ (Gal 2:20)].
1Pe 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
1Pe 1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
If we look at the meaning of the names of these characters in the first verse, it becomes clear that God wanted us to know this vineyard was going to be blessed and productive and protected at His hand.
1Ki 21:1 and it came to pass after these things, that Naboth [productive] the Jezreelite [God will sow] had a vineyard, which was in Jezreel [God will sow], hard by the palace of Ahab [uncle] king of Samaria [watch tower]. (PNB-kjv)
Ahab wants to get Naboth to sell the vineyard and replace it with an herb or vegetable garden which is symbolic of an immature stage of growth when we eat only herbs (Heb 5:14, Rom 14:1-3) and cannot partake of Christ’s mature words which are symbolized by the vineyard (Joh 6:55). What this is telling us is that if we are not permitted to mature (1Co 3:6), we cannot be partakers of the inheritance in the vine, Jesus Christ (Heb 6:3-8).
Heb 5:14 but strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Rom 14:1 him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.
Rom 14:2 for one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.
Rom 14:3 let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for god hath received him.
Joh 6:55 for my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
Heb 6:3 and this will we do, if god permit.
Heb 6:4 for it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the holy ghost,
Heb 6:5 and have tasted the good word of god, and the powers of the world to come,
Heb 6:6 if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the son of god afresh, and put him to an open shame.
Heb 6:7 for the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from god:
Heb 6:8 but that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.
Ahab goes on to explain to Naboth why he should sell this vineyard to him, “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“, which is symbolic of someone trying to take our crown away from us in Christ (Rev 3:11), our inheritance. In the next verse we learn that Naboth was not going to have anything to do with this deal, even for “a better vineyard” or “the worth of it in money”, which is symbolic of how Christ rejected all that Satan offered him knowing it was incomparable to what was set before Him by the Father (Mat 4:9-10, Php 3:8, Rom 8:18-21). Also ‘another vineyard that is better’ is like someone offering you ‘another Jesus’ in a place that is nowhere near the temple of God (Mat 24:26, 2Co 11:3-4).
Rev 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
Mat 4:9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
Mat 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Php 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
Rom 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Rom 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
Rom 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
Rom 8:21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
Mat 24:26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. [places that are no where near the temple]
2Co 11:3 But I am afraid that just as the serpent deceived Eve by his treachery, your minds may be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
2Co 11:4 For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus different from the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit than the one you received, or a different gospel than the one you accepted, you put up with it well enough! (NET)
1Ki 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.
1Ki 21:5 But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him, Why is thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread?
1Ki 21:6 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.
The story repeats itself at this point, but there is one very important additional element that makes this all come together, in terms of the spiritual message for God’s elect, and that something is Jezebel. Ahab, having been denied Naboth’s inheritance, which represents our inheritance in Christ, has him not eating bread which is mentioned twice. Two times mentioned is a typical witness to the fact that the real bread he is missing is a relationship with God and Christ that Naboth, in type and shadow, has and Ahab does not. There is no stay of bread or water in Babylon (Isa 3:1), no relationship with the Father and Son (Joh 17:3), and Ahab’s finding out that he cannot buy or persuade Naboth in any way to give up his crown land reminds us of Simon who thought he could buy God’s holy spirit in Acts 8:20-23. This situation has also thrown Ahab into a “heavy/sad”H5620 and “displeased”H2198 state.
Joh 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
Act 8:20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
Act 8:21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.
Act 8:22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
Act 8:23 For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.
Enter Jezebel, who represents the churches of Babylon, with the ungodly solution to getting what her husband wants. She is ever the opportunist like Ahab, and now that she understands the unfulfilled desire of her husband, she won’t stop at any expense to illicitly take what is not his (Mat 23:15). Naboth, as a type of Christ and the elect, is falsely accused and all manner of evil is spoken against him, which leads to him getting stoned by “the people” (Mat 5:11-12). The comparison with Christ’s life in this story gets more and more pronounced as we read on.
Mat 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves [Jezebel working on Ahab’s heart].
Mat 5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Mat 5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you [Jezebel’s false accusations and persecutions of Ahab].
1Ki 21:7 And Jezebel his wife said unto him, Dost thou now govern the kingdom of Israel? arise, and eat bread, and let thine heart be merry: I will give thee the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.
Jezebel immediately appeals to Ahab’s pride with these words “Dost thou now govern the kingdom of Israel?“, like Satan in the garden with Adam and Eve with these words: “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil“. This statement contradicted God’s earlier given commandments which stated, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Jezebel’s actions are appealing to the flesh of Ahab as she tells him “arise, and eat bread, and let thine heart be merry: I will give thee the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite“.
Gen 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Gen 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
1Ki 21:8 So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name, and sealed them with his seal, and sent the letters unto the elders and to the nobles that were in his city, dwelling with Naboth.
1Ki 21:9 And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people:
1Ki 21:10 And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against him, saying, Thou didst blaspheme God and the king. And then carry him out, and stone him, that he may die.
Jezebel represents Babylon and see how treacherous, subtle and diabolical this woman is from whom God has called his people (Rev 18:4, Mat 24:24). It’s one lie after another to meet the end of killing Naboth. She starts by writing “letters in Ahab’s name, and sealed them with his seal” which Babylon does. They have Christ’s name but no stay of bread or water as they proclaim a false liberty (Isa 3:1, Isa 4:1, 2Pe 2:19).
Isa 3:1 For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water,
Isa 4:1 And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.
2Pe 2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
Jezebel sends “the letters unto the elders and to the nobles that were in his city, dwelling with Naboth” telling us that when Satan is caused to attack the body of Christ, he wastes no time aligning himself with the rulers of this world that have the authority to make things happen (Luk 23:12). In other words, the devil is given the power to polarize the world against Christ and His Christ (Mat 10:22, Act 4:27, Joh 19:11).
Luk 23:12 And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.
Mat 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
Act 4:27 For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,
Act 4:28 For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done [Eph 1:11].
Joh 19:11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.
What she writes in the letters is also indicative of the subtlety of Satan who appears as an angel of light saying, “Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people” (2Co 11:14-15).
2Co 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
2Co 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
Now the stage is set to bring in the false witnesses of “the sons of Belial”H1100 against Naboth as they did with Christ declaring that he had blasphemed God (Joh 10:32-33). “And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against him, saying, Thou didst blaspheme God and the king. And then carry him out, and stone him, that he may die” (Mat 26:59, 1Jn 4:17, Heb 13:13).
From H1097 and H3276; without profit, worthlessness; by extension destruction, wickedness (often in connection with H376, H802, H1121, etc.): – Belial, evil, naughty, ungodly (men), wicked. Total KJV occurrences: 27
Mat 26:59 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death;
1Jn 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
Heb 13:13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
Joh 10:32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?
Joh 10:33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
1Ki 21:11 And the men of his city, even the elders and the nobles who were the inhabitants in his city, did as Jezebel had sent unto them, and as it was written in the letters which she had sent unto them.
1Ki 21:12 They proclaimed a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people.
1Ki 21:13 And there came in two men, children of Belial, and sat before him: and the men of Belial witnessed against him, even against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, Naboth did blaspheme God and the king. Then they carried him forth out of the city, and stoned him with stones, that he died.
This section of scripture confirms and witnesses to the fact that what God had purposed to happen to Naboth was something written for the elect’s sake to assure us (1Co 10:11) that God knows our enemies’ intentions before they are carried out (Amo 3:6-7). He strengthens and prepares our hearts for every trial that comes our way, promising that we will not be tried beyond the measure that we can endure as He will be faithful “who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (1Co 10:13).
Amo 3:6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?
Amo 3:7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
In the midst of this promise (1Co 10:13) which tells us that we can escape by bearing the cross were given as we go outside the camp with Christ (Heb 13:13-14), we are exhorted with these words: “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (1Co 10:12) so that we don’t lean to our own understanding in our hour of need but rather turn to the Lord for the deliverance that has been promised by standing still and trusting in the Lord to save us (Heb 13:13-14, Mat 10:19, Exo 14:13).
1Co 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
1Co 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
1Co 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
Heb 13:13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
Heb 13:14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
Mat 10:19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
Mat 10:20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.
Mat 10:21 And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.
Mat 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. [Php 4:13]
Exo 14:13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.
1Ki 21:14 Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, Naboth is stoned, and is dead.
1Ki 21:15 And it came to pass, 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: for Naboth is not alive, but dead.
1Ki 21:16 And it came to pass, when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, that Ahab rose up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it.
Jezebel has reason to rejoice now that Naboth is dead and a way has been made for her husband to “take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused to give thee for money: for Naboth is not alive, but dead.“
Little do we understand in Babylon how we abuse His vineyard, and this story of Ahab and Jezebel truly illustrates for us the carnal way we approach wanting what we want in our flesh when we first learn of Christ with a Babylonian mindset, and how we achieve this under the auspicious actions of thinking we are holy or wholly entitled, as Jezebel thought she was.
By God’s grace and in His perfect timing, we learn that this is the way our Father had predetermined our carnal hearts (Eph 2:3-5) to operate and that it would be through the death of Naboth, who typifies Christ, that God would “devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him” (2Sa 14:14).
Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Eph 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Eph 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
2Sa 14:14 For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: [Ahab, Naboth, Jezebel, all of humanity] yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.
That new life which is not expelled from God, as Adam and Eve were from the garden, can only come about at the expense of the death of our carnal old man by way of the flaming sword that turns every way to guard the tree of life (Gen 3:24). It is of course Christ, the fit man, who can devise this means of creating saviors, represented by the scapegoat (Lev 16:21), that will one day save the world with Him (Oba 1:21). The bride of Christ is the means to that end so the rest of humanity can be saved and “His banished be not expelled from him”, and this is the reason why we, the body of Christ, must needs die daily as water spilt on the ground as our outward man perishes and our inward man is renewed day by day (2Co 4:16).
Gen 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
Lev 16:21 And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness:
Oba 1:21 And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’S.
2Co 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
2Co 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
It is telling that the Strong’s Hebrew number for “heavy” or “sad” (H5620 “Sar”), as we read about Ahab in several verses (1Ki 20:43, 1Ki 21:4, 1Ki 21:5), is translated to the Greek number G5015 “Tarasso” (see ABP+). We will see next week, in part two of this study, how judgment will come upon Ahab and Jezebel for their ungodly actions, representing how we are saved by our Father in heaven through the judgment He brings upon the church (Tit 2:12, 1Pe 4:17) to destroy our old man, represented by Ahab and Jezebel (Gal 5:10, 1Pe 3:13-17).
1Pe 3:13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
1Pe 3:14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubledG5015;
1Pe 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
1Pe 3:16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
1Pe 3:17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
Gal 5:10 I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troublethG5015 you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.