Ahab said to Elijah, “So you have found me, my enemy!” “I have found you,” he answered, “because you have sold yourself to do evil in the eyes of the Lord.” (1 Kings 21:20)
The fix was in. He never stood a chance. He signed his own death sentence the moment he had dared to say no to the husband of Queen Jezebel.
In one way, the Royal marriage was truly remarkable in its effectiveness. Jezebel urged her man on in doing what they deemed to be right in their sight. In return, he looked to her for strength, support and counsel. It was a great marriage in that sense. In every other sense this marriage was repugnant because of its rampant pursuit of doing evil in God’s sight.
When Ahab could not get his own way because Naboth wanted to honour his inheritance, Jezebel was able to flex the power of the throne for corrupt purposes. The way in which Naboth is dealt with highlights the despicable way in which Jezebel sees power works for her. God will not let her get away with it.
The character of Ahab, however, is a complex one as this episode shows. He is shown to be petulant, covetous, weak and without conscience in snapping up the vineyard he had craved. Yet despite his manner deemed to be the most vile, as he is found out by Elijah he amazingly displays contrition and meekness. This clearly shows that Ahab is no two dimensional villain who cackles at the bad he does. He is capable of repentance, he has seen enough to know who the real God is and how he is to be served in righteousness and justice.
This knowledge, however, would not be sufficient to save Ahab. His capacity to humble himself in the light of this incident, did not overcome the deeds of his idolatry and injustice. The extent and depth of his wickedness was significant, though he was contrite now, he was still only one strike away …
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden