Last week I had an “aha” moment when I learned Mount Horeb, where God passed by Elijah, was the same as Mount Sinai, where God passed by Moses.
Same God. Same story. Same cleft, representing Christ.
This week I had an “aha” moment when I realized that the reason Naboth would not sell his vineyard was that it was part of the Promised Land, linking it to this Scripture in Isaiah:
As Paige said, this wasn’t like Scarlett in Gone with the Wind, clinging to “Tara,” her father’s land. This was covenantal. This was the Promised Land. Naboth was godly, Ahab and Jezebel so ungodly. Evil seemingly triumphed. But not so. For it is not the end of the story for Naboth.
I also thought she was masterful in showing the deepest idol in Ahab was self, as can be true of us. Her outline was beautifully clear so I’m going to use it and lead you less with questions. Let’s see how it goes!
At the close of her session, she mentioned the funeral of a young kindergarten teacher who was recently kidnapped and murdered in Memphis. There is a parallel to this week’s message, and you can read about it in this article from The Gospel Coalition:
Thursday: The Crime (The Scene)
Read 1 Kings 21:1-16 and summarize what happened.
Listen to Paige. On You-Tube she begins at minute 9:30. Listen up to 27:36 (18 minutes) when she talks about how people didn’t understand Naboth’s refusal to sell like they didn’t understand Eric Liddell’s refusal to run.
2. Share your notes and comments.
3. What particularly stands out to you and why?
Friday: The Crime: The Stench
Paige talked about the stench when people cloak their crimes in religion, as Jezebel called for a fast. Below is a picture of Hitler’s “German Church” which taught that Jesus hated the Jews, using His words to the Pharisees.
Listen to Paige from 27:36 to 38:22 (11 minutes) when she says “There is a third thing…”
4. Share your notes and comments.
5. What particularly stands out to you and why?
6. Starting with Jezebel and moving to today, what examples did Paige give of those using religion or twisting the truth for their own demonic purposes? Can you think of others?
Saturday: The Crime: The Source
Listen to Paige from 38:28 to 52 when she says the silence of God is not the absence of God. (14 minutes)
7. Share your notes and comments.
8. What particularly stands out to you and why?
9. The Two Tables of the Ten Commandments:
A. In the first table, (1-4) everything flowed from the first commandment. Why?
B. She said the second table (5-10) are the ethics or fruit that naturally flow from having God, and not an idol, as your God. Ahab illustrates this. Explain.
10. What was she getting at with her pregnancy illustration?
God Hunt Sunday
11. How has the Lord shown up in your life this week?
Monday: The Courtroom: The Sentence
12. Read 1 Kings 21: 17-29 and summarize what happened.
Listen to Paige from 52 to 59:22 up to “Jezebel is included in the sentence but that doesn’t lessen Ahab’s guilt.”
13. Share your notes and comments.
14. What particularly stands out to you and why?
15. I loved it when Paige said that we don’t know why God didn’t stop the crime. Why might this be important to acknowledge? Why might it be unwise to give reasons?
At the funeral last week of the billionaire’s granddaughter who was kidnapped and murdered, the pastor told those attending about a conversation he had with the victim’s mother, Adele:
“We’d studied Revelation in our church together, and I taught the congregation over and over—no matter what we don’t understand about Revelation, we understand this—Jesus wins.”
“It seems like Jesus lost this one,” Adele told him.
“I agreed,” Robertson told those at the funeral and watching online. “It does seem that way. When the Bible teaches us that Jesus wins, it means the great day. [But] it doesn’t mean that he loses now. The darkness has tried to overcome our little light, but the light pierces through. That’s Jesus.”
Tuesday: The Courtroom: The Shallowness of Remorse and The Surprise of Mercy
Listen to the end of Paige’s lecture.
16. Share your notes and comments.
17. What particularly stood out to you and why?
18. Paige said we feel so good when we feel so bad, but conviction is not repentance. Is there an application to your life and a need for prayer?
19. At the close she told of a fairy tale (which Keller also uses in Jonah Rediscovered). What was her point?
20. What is your take-a-way and why?