"And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made."
(1 Kings 18:26 KJV)
Baal was the lord of the Canaanite religion and was seen in the thunderstorms. This was one of the main religions of Canaan that Our Awesome God did not want His people involved in. Baal worship in Canaan revolved around two themes that represented the conception of Baal his worshipers held. Baal was both the sun-god and storm-god. He was worshiped as sun-god when the people wished to express thanks and gratitude for light, warmth and fertility. Worship of Baal as storm-god took place to appease the destructive nature of Baal, seen in the droughts and storms that devastated the vegetation of the worshipers. The efforts to appease Baal whenever adverse conditions prevailed culminated in the sacrifice of human beings, usually the firstborn of the one offering the sacrifice. The victims were burnt alive, a practice in the Old Testament termed, “to pass through the fire” (2 Kings 16:3; 2 Kings 21:6 ). Baal worship practice was as diverse as the communities in which he was worshiped.
Baal worship was well established in early Canaan and was always infiltrating the Israelite worship of Our Awesome God, as God knew it would. Again, if the Israelites would have killed or driven out all the inhabitants of the cities of Canaan until none was left as God told them to do, they would not have married their women nor have been enticed into worshipping Baal.
Today, God's people can be pulled away from the worship of Our Awesome God by cults that worship idols or their pride in their own works to get to heaven. Idols now are more than just statues or paintings. Idols include anything more important to you than worshipping Our Awesome God and His son, Jesus Christ. Do you have an idol or cult you worship? Consider what God did to the worship of Baal in 1 Kings 18 (KJV). It is extinct as a formal religion today but most of the features are still practiced in our world. (See http://www.propheticalert.org/baalworshipindisguise.htm)
Learn more about Our Awesome God by reading His Holy Bible, praying to Him and worshipping in a church which preaches and teaches the Holy Bible. Join us at LWBC every Sunday at 9:30 AM, we have small group Bible Studies and at 10:30 AM, we meet in the sanctuary for Worship Service. Sunday evening at 6:00 PM we have Bible Study along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. Our programs include Home Bible Studies and a Wednesday Prayer Meeting but are varied as we teach and preach from Our Awesome God's Holy Bible. We love visitors and practice the "love one another" commandment to all.
Flo & Bill