Daily Lift – January 24, 2019

Foes or Allies

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Various Babylonian, Canaanite, and Phoenician deities were known as “Baal.” Because so many false gods were identified as “Baal,” the plural form of the title, “Baalim,” was also recognized. In either case, the names translate in Hebrew as “lord, master, or possessor.” Various locales observed various interpretations of Baal, and the name was attached to some of those locales, such as Baal-Hermon and Baal-Peor. It is impossible for those faithful to God to rationalize the awarding to the imagined deity that which belongs only to Jehovah. However, any who have yielded in any degree to sin have to that same degree made that sin their Baal, or master. At the Sixth of Romans, Paul the apostle wrote, “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” Elijah and Elisha were raised up to prophesy against such paganism as Baal. Would they have considered us as foes, or allies?

Written and voiced by David Hayes Prophater