Judges 6:25--On that very night the Lord said to him, “Take your father’s young bull and a second bull seven years old. Then tear down the altar of Baal that belongs to your father and cut down the Asherah pole beside it.
The word “Baal” means master or owner. Jonathan Cahn in his tome, The Book of Mysteries, goes on to write, “Whatever you give the highest place in your life to, whatever you live for, if it’s anything other than God, that’s your Baal and you’re worshipping it.” We become possessed by our possession, by the Baal we serve.
Cahn notes, there is not just one Baal, there are a lot of them and they are called the Baalim or the Baals. They exist for desires and every lust known to man. Like the seduced Israelites, so now are many caught in the act of bowing before the most lurid idols.
So the operative question is, what has mastered you? What do you submit your time and allegiance to? What holds your affections? The prophet Elijah said to the wicked King Ahab, “I have not destroyed Israel, but you and your father’s house have, because you have abandoned the Lord’s commands and followed the Baals” (1 Kings 18:18). Baals turn God’s people away from Him. They corrupt and destroy.
The only solution is to be like King Jehoshaphat. He had God’s favor because like his ancestor David, 2 Chronicles 17:3 tells us “He did not seek the Baals.” Nor should we. Why go after what will one day burn? Why bow before an inanimate poser only to be judged later by the Creator? God said, “Do not have other gods besides Me” (Exodus 20:3). He is a jealous God who deserves our entire adoration and attention. He is our worthy Father who loves us and who gave His precious Son to rescue us from our fallen nature. So identify the Baals and tear them down. Live for Yahweh and be blessed beyond all comprehension!
Honesty requires the truthfulness to admit the attachment and addictions that control our attention, dominate our consciousness, and function as false gods . . . When we give anything more priority than we give to God, we commit idolatry. Thus we all commit idolatry countless times every day.—Brennan Manning in The Ragamuffin Gospel
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 Jonathan Cahn, 2016. The Book of Mysteries. FrontLine.