Now it came about after these things that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard which was in Jezreel beside the palace of Ahab king of Samaria.
1 Kings 21:1-3
The end of the story? Ahab had Naboth killed, and for the price of a few bribes (or political favors) to false witnesses, he received the property for free. It sounds so contemporary!
Ahab's father Omri bought Samaria. There is no record that his inheritance was near Samaria. There is no record of his lineage. Some have suggested, based on his name, that Omri was not an Israelite, but a mercenary who rose to power within the ranks of the army of Israel and then usurped the throne. No one but God knows.
But we do know there is no record of Omri ever occupying his own inheritance. He and his son either bought the inheritances of others or took them by force if they refused sale. This brutal governmental "efficiency" led to the rise of a short-lived but prosperous dynasty. It had the appearance of succeeding, but it sowed the seeds of its own destruction, by ignoring the laws of God.
God presents the history of the northern kingdom as a model for disaster, a warning. The southern kingdom, Judah, was to look and learn from their "sister Samaria." Judah did not learn, so they also were swept away. A country such as our own which claims to be founded on a Judeo-Christian foundation should also understand Judeo-Christian consequences. Neither countries nor individuals can presume to possess the blessings of God without also accepting the disciplines of God. A country that uses the name of God for its own enrichment and then elects leaders of questionable heritage and moral character, usurps the authority and property of its own citizens, and ignores the laws of God will in the end be swept away. We are on a slippery slope.
Is there a bright side here? Yes, there is. The King of Glory is coming. He will rule in righteousness, and of the increase of His peace there shall be no end. God is a very patient teacher. He has demonstrated over the course of all human history that man is unable to govern himself.
For me to live is Christ.