Have you ever watched Discovery channel’s TV show, Dirtiest Jobs? The show’s host takes on very real (and very necessary) jobs to show what it’s like to be a road kill collector or maggot farmer. As we’ve been reading through 1 Kings, I can’t help but think what a terrible job Elijah has. God just keeps sending him into dangerous situation after dangerous situation, with the primary responsibility of pointing the King of Israel (and the country with him) back to God.
This week’s passage is no different. Elijah is trucking back to the castle to tell King Ahab he’d better get his act together, or he’s toast. Ahab’s wife Jezebel has played the governmental system to have their neighbor Neboth killed so Ahab can have his property for a veggie garden. It’s a classic case of misuse of power and privilege. And God’s faithful prophet is called to speak up against the abuse.
Join us this week as we explore our prophetic tradition. In a world that seems particularly off it’s rocker these days, it can be tempting to hole up and wait for the world to change, but we are part of a long tradition of believers called to rattle cages and use their voices, however seemingly small, to turn the political and cultural systems back to God.
- Focal Scripture: 1 Kings 21:1-21a
- Reflection Title: “Naboth: Say His Name”