Have you ever thought about Biblical times and wondered why Moses had to have the power to turn a staff into a snake? And not just any snake but a snake that would dominate and consume the snakes of Pharoahs magicians? Or how about, Elijah, calling down fire from heaven to prove that Baal couldn’t do it?
How about Daniel in the Lions den, or Shadrach, Meshach and Abindigo untouched by fire in the furnace?
I have wondered and God’s word gives the answers to even that question.
Look at the Ten Commandments written by God and given to Moses. The very first is ” Thou shall have no OTHER God’s before ME.” (emphasis by me)
God is a jealous God and when the commandments were given He gave clear instruction for man NOT to have other gods before Him, nor are we to make any graven image of anything! Yet when we look around in the world today we see how people still treasure its idol’s such as buddha statues to the worshipping of cows in india, idolatry is alive and well living away from the ONE TRUE God we are to be serving!(Exodus 20:1-6).
God Almighty who is the maker of heaven and earth will not take a back seat to the many lords and gods people claim as God Almighty,but to the true christian who knows there is ONLY ONE GOD the FATHER as all other kinds of worship is offering to idols(1 Corinthians 8:4-10).
We have been instructed by scripture itself the very place God is, and that is in the heart’s and minds of all who search for Him with all their heart as He is then revealed!(Jeremiah 29:11-13).
Some have twisted the word here, and God’s words concerning Idols to mean that these commands say that if you worship your job, your car, your spouse, your children then this is breaking this commandment and idol worship. This has an ounce of truth but it’s twisted. There were many Ancient God’s in Biblical times. Baal, Ashur., just to start. Pharoah was himself a god. RA.
Ashur, together with a number of other Mesopotamian gods, continued to be worshipped by Assyrians long after the fall of Assyria, with temples being erected in his honour in Assyria (Athura/Assuristan) until the 3rd and 4th centuries of the Christian era, but by this time most Assyrians had adopted East Syrian Christianity.
The city of Ashur, named in honour of the deity, was inhabited until the 14th century, when a massacre of Assyrian Christians by Tamurlane left it finally emptied. Ashur is still a common given and family name amongst Assyrians to this day.
Baal was the God of fertility, weather, rain, wind, lightning, seasons, war, patron of sailors and sea-going merchants, leader of the Rephaim(ancestral spirits) Later views: King of the gods.
Beelzebub or Beelzebul was identified by the writers of the New Testament as Satan, “prince” (i.e., king) of the demons.
John Milton’s 1667 epic Paradise Lost describes the fallen angels collecting around Satan, stating that, though their heavenly names had been “blotted out and ras’d”, they would acquire new ones “wandring ore the Earth” as false gods. The “Baalim” and “Ashtaroth” are given as the collective names of the male and female demons (respectively) who came from between the “bordring flood of old Euphrates” and “the Brook that parts Egypt from Syrian ground”. Similarly, “Baal” and derived epithets like “Baalist” were used as slurs during the English Reformation for the Catholic saints and their devotees.
Our God reserved himself 7,000 who refused to bow the knee to Baal. (1 Kings 19:18)
God stripped the Kingdom from Solomon for allowing his wives to erect statues of other gods.
The list is lengthy. There’s so much to write about ancient God’s of the Bible. They are still here. Regardless of what some may say. And they are gaining strength.
So when you think that those who worship one God all worship the same god. THINK AGAIN.
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
16 And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the Lord, to serve other gods;
17 For the Lord our God, he it is that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed:
18 And the Lord drave out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore will we also serve the Lord; for he is our God.
19 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the Lord: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.
20 If ye forsake the Lord, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.
21 And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the Lord.
By Julia and CJ
Credit to wikipedia and Bible hub