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TODAY’S BIBLE READING:
1 Kings 20:1–21:29
TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):
1 Kings 21:5-10 (CSB): “Then his wife Jezebel came to him and said to him, ‘Why are you so upset that you refuse to eat?’ ‘Because I spoke to Naboth the Jezreelite,’ he replied. “I told him: Give me your vineyard for silver, or if you wish, I will give you a vineyard in its place. But he said, ‘I won’t give you my vineyard!” ‘ Then his wife Jezebel said to him, ‘Now, exercise your royal power over Israel. Get up, eat some food, and be happy. For I will give you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.’ So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name and sealed them with his seal. She sent the letters to the elders and nobles who lived with Naboth in his city. In the letters, she wrote: “Proclaim a fast and seat Naboth at the head of the people. Then seat two wicked men opposite him and have them testify against him, saying, ‘You have cursed God and the king!’ Then take him out and stone him to death.”
REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):
Anyone who knows me knows of my love and respect for Dr. Adrian Rogers who pastored Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee from 1972 until he retired in 2005.
But, anyone who knows anything of Dr. Adrian Rogers knew of his love and respect for R.G. Lee who pastored Bellevue Baptist Church from 1927-1960. Pastor Rogers periodically quoted R.G. Lee in his sermons and was known to tell a few stories about him.
One story that I remember was when Pastor Rogers was speaking with R.G. Lee and said that he wished he had Dr. Lee’s brain. Dr. Lee responded to Pastor Rogers: “Son, that would be like putting a grand piano in a broom closet.”
While Dr. Lee did a great job in leading Bellevue, one part of his legacy was one particular sermon he preached. In fact, that one sermon was so popular that he preached it well over 1,000 times before his death.
The sermon was called: “Payday Someday.” It focused upon the story that is found in our Bible reading for today. It told of the injustice that King Ahab and Jezebel administered upon Naboth when they killed him and took his vineyard. But, the sermon looked ahead to the consecutive chapters and revealed that God eventually took out His justice upon Ahab and Jezebel.
The moral of the story: A wicked person might get away with something today. But, there will be a payday someday.
If you want to listen to the sermon, simply click on the audio link below. (You can also view a video of the sermon on YouTube.
However, realize that it is 1 hour and 10 minutes long and R.G. Lee preached as a story-teller, not a pulpiteer like Adrian Rogers. But, the sermon is a classic that I believe you will enjoy if you listen to it.