“The LORD said, ‘Because they have forsaken My law which I set before them, and have not obeyed My voice or walked according to it, but they have walked after the stubbornness of their heart and after the Baals, as their fathers taught them.'” (9:13-14)
Over and over, the LORD pronounced impending judgement on Israel and Judah due to idolatry. Baal is the main attraction of idolatry, and it’s important to remember what Baal represented.
He was the Canaanite god of fertility, weather, rain, wind, lightning, seasons, war, and sailors.
What do you think his modern, American equivalent would be? Fertility is still a major concern in life. The weather still affects farmer’s success, but we could otherwise equate this to financial success.
When we feel threatened in the areas of fertility/family or professional success, who do we call? Do we follow the Laws of the LORD and trust in Him for provision, practicing Biblical business values and generosity? Or do we default to cultural norms, self help fads, or cut corners by corruption?
Israel was to be set apart in every way. Followers of Christ also aspire to be set apart in the ways they obey the LORD over anything else. How does this look in your life? What would the LORD consider a little Baal-ish in your life? Ask Him about it today.