Ahab probably never intended to go as far as he did when he directed his spiteful eyes upon the vineyard of Naboth. All in all he meant no spoil to Naboth and his small parcel of ground. The whole story is built around the idea of expansion and growth. This was basically the same reason for the Tower of Babel, “Let us build something high”. I’ve come to conclusion that most things in life that have a malicious foundation come with a lofty goal or ambition.
In the beginning there were certain moral considerations that kept Ahab from just going in and using his power and just taking the vineyard. After all this wasn’t just Naboth’s land it was God’s land. Naboth had also played the trump card, “The Lord forbid it me”. In the beginning Ahab’s dealings with Naboth was somewhat gentle and understanding, but as it became clear that Naboth’s vineyard wasn’t for sale the mask of gentleness was removed.
The thing that catches my attention in this story is what Naboth didn’t say. He didn’t say, “I will not give you my vineyard”, but what he did say, “The Lord forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.” It was not commercial value that he was thinking of, nor the fact that he had the title deed to it, but his response was about a loyalty to the past and a responsibility to the future. The price of the consumer is probably fair, but it is the “inheritance of our fathers” that puts this piece of ground out of the reach of those that are bidding.
There were probably other vineyards that could have yielded grapes that maybe tasted better, but none could match the memories that had taken place there. The deduction that must be made here is that the best things, the things we need most, cannot be sold. Most of the time there given to us, not because they are cheap, but because they are priceless and nobody really can afford them.