Where Does a Dysfunctional Marriage Lead?

1 Kings 21:16 – And as soon as Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, Ahab arose to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it. 

In this sickening scene of Jezebel forging government documents, weaponizing the Bible, then plotting to murder and ultimately having a godly man murdered, we see a common pattern in a demonic and dysfunctional marriage. Sadly, many passive men with the Ahab spirit are married to controlling and domineering women like Jezebel and have the same twisted relationship. 

Over and over, the marriage between Ahab and Jezebel is more like son and mother than husband and wife. He is passive, pouty, and pathetic. So, she takes over, calls the shots, rules the roost, and he goes along with it, likely because he’s afraid of her, and he often gets what he wants without having to work for it, as is the case with Naboth’s field. 

Apparently, the passive Ahab is also incompetent. He hears that Naboth is dead but does not inquire what happened to the man because he does not care about anyone but himself. 

Once again, God summons Elijah to rebuke and prophesy doom over Ahab and Jezebel as 1 Kings 21:17-21 recounts, “…the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, ‘Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, who is in Samaria; behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth, where he has gone to take possession. And you shall say to him, “Thus says the LORD, ‘Have you killed and also taken possession?’” And you shall say to him, “Thus says the LORD: ‘In the place where dogs licked up the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick your own blood.’… I will bring disaster upon you. I will utterly burn you up, and will cut off from Ahab every male, bond or free…’”

To learn more about God’s wrath, look up the following Scriptures: Nahum 1:2-11; John 3:36; Romans 1:18-32, 2:1-5, 12:19-13:15; Hebrews 3:7-11.

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