Bond has Q, his Quartermaster.
Ahab has O, his Obadiah.
Q – Bond’s Quartermaster
When James Bond hangs by his ankles over a pond of snapping piranhas, I’m not worried. Not really. Because I remember Q and his gadgets.
Sure enough, 007 gets his thumb on a cufflink that’s really a mini rotating blade which cuts through Bond’s bonds. I start to grin, because next he pulls out a fountain pen that shoots a tiny grappling hook and line over to a beam, so the unbound Bond swings out of danger.
And I thank Q.
O – Ahab’s Chief of Staff
King Ahab doesn’t escape the piranha teeth, but I hope he will because I remember Obadiah and his influence.
I mean, if Elijah wears a Lone Ranger white hat, and his brother, Nathan, sports a headband with an arrow, I might say Ahab slinks around in a black hat. Yet sometimes it feels like he might trade it in for a hat of a lighter color. Reform and join the good guys.
For instance –
- He overlooks Obadiah’s protecting 100 prophets.
- He chooses a good man like Obadiah to search with him for grass.
- After the fire falls on Mt. Carmel, He repents1 (in my interpretation) until Jezebel puts her foot down.
- When the prophet rebukes him for letting Ben Hadad get away, rather than acting rebellious and stubborn, Ahab appears sullen and resentful.
- After murdering Naboth, Ahab dons sackcloth.
Okay, so he hasn’t really changed all that much, and his life is appalling. But I hope he will reach for the right choice.
But what makes this miserably tragic king even lean in a good direction? When faced with a decision, why does he pause at the hat rack? Why do I feel he is looking at the white hat?
Someone softened King Ahab’s heart, and it wasn’t Elijah. While Elijah’s words came too late.
Instead of Elijah, I thank the good man Ahab knew and respected all his life — Obadiah, his Chief of Staff. This mere accountant, by the power of his daily living, came closer than anyone to moving the king toward good choices.
Not Q and not E, but O.