“But Naboth said to Ahab, "The LORD forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my fathers" (21:3). King Ahab wanted to buy Naboth’s vineyard. However, it was not a simple financial transaction; the vineyard represented Naboth’s family inheritance, passed down through generations as part of God’s covenant with Israel. Naboth’s refusal cost him his life, but he was looking farther ahead than his own short years. He believed that God’s promises were forever, while King Ahab’s rebellion cost him everything (21:21, 22:34-38).
We were not created to be ruled by impulsive, selfish desires like Ahab. Our lives, whether long or short, have meaning when we become part of God’s good, eternal purposes.