Today's Readings: 1 KINGS 21 | Jeremiah 48 | 1 Corinthians 7
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Reading 1 - 1Kings 21:3
"Naboth replied, 'The LORD forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my fathers' " (1Ki 21:3).
The Jews could not permanently sell their land, but only lease it until the year of Jubilee (Lev 25:23). To sell land is to presume its ownership, but the true Israelite knew that Yahweh was the only real "owner" of the Land. Naboth only held the property in trust for Him.
Naboth's rationalizations might be imagined:
The Law is often ignored anyway;
Selling the land will bring me material gain; and
I must protect my family.
Yet against all these arguments Naboth is steadfast to the Law of God.