The Way of Idolatry

Re:Verse passage – 1 Kings 18:30-39 (day six)

Israel’s brazen idolatry began more subtly. Baal was the very popular local god of the weather (lightning and rain), manifested out of the Canaanites’ need for fertile soil and a fruitful harvest. Initially, the Israelites never intended to abandon God; they only thought it wise to cover their bases and worship Baal too, just in case God didn’t pull through. As the old saying goes, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.”

It was only a matter of time, slow at first, but then quickly, that the local very popular god of the weather was all they worshipped; their hearts enslaved to its demands-which were their very lives.

Divided loyalties never stay divided for long.

“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money (or Baal).” -Jesus

Author: Danny Panter

Danny is the Associate Pastor for NextGen Marrieds & Community Missions at FBCSA.

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