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Mt. Carmel Ba'alWhen most people think of Israel there tends to be a desert image involved. In places in the north, like Mt. Carmel, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The word “Carmel,” unlike our English treat, actually can be translated to “God’s Vineyard” and boasts a beautiful green landscape home to some of Israel’s finest wines and crops. But this week we’re going to look at how Mt. Carmel set the tone for Israel during the time of the Kings and how we can use those events to set the tone of our own lives.

Ba’al: Double The Chances

Before the Israelites were on the scene in the Northern areas, Mt. Carmel was a place attributed to the god Ba’al. Ba’al in Hebrew literally means “Lord” or “Master” and was the Canaanite god of fertility. Being the god of fertility along with his so-called power over the weather, Ba’al was a popular god in this region with the farmers. It’s easy to understand why Mt. Carmel, which is a huge land of vegetation, would include Ba’al worship to ensure the success of their crops each year. And as we know, Israelites would worship both YHWH and Ba’al as a way of doubly increasing their chances for a successful crop.

What’s Your Ba’al?

As time went on the need for Ba’al appeared to diminish. Only a few remain who still worship Ba’al (see an interesting article on Syrian’s who worship Ba’al here), yet billions around the world worship YHWH, the God of Israel. Unfortunately, however, many who continue worshipping YHWH still worship other gods. They worship celebrities, athletes, money, power, politicians and political parties, and yes, even ministry leaders. Who or what are you worshipping alongside God and how is it hindering your life? My challenge to you this week is to seek out those other things you worship and begin taking steps to remove them from the throne of your heart. If you’d like to share about who your Ba’als are, feel free to drop them in the comment below!

 

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When most people think of Israel there tends to be a desert image involved. In places in the north, like Mt. Carmel, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The word “Carmel,” unlike our English treat, actually can be translated to “God’s Vineyard” and boasts a beautiful green landscape home to some of Israel’s finest wines and crops. But this week we’re going to look at how Mt. Carmel set the tone for Israel during the time of the Kings and how we can use those events to set the tone of our own lives.

Ba’al: Double The Chances

Before the Israelites were on the scene in the Northern areas, Mt. Carmel was a place attributed to the god Ba’al. Ba’al in Hebrew literally means “Lord” or “Master” and was the Canaanite god of fertility. Being the god of fertility along with his so-called power over the weather, Ba’al was a popular god in this region with the farmers. It’s easy to understand why Mt. Carmel, which is a huge land of vegetation, would include Ba’al worship to ensure the success of their crops each year. And as we know, Israelites would worship both YHWH and Ba’al as a way of doubly increasing their chances for a successful crop.

What’s Your Ba’al?

As time went on the need for Ba’al appeared to diminish. Only a few remain who still worship Ba’al (see an interesting article on Syrian’s who worship Ba’al here), yet billions around the world worship YHWH, the God of Israel. Unfortunately, however, many who continue worshipping YHWH still worship other gods. They worship celebrities, athletes, money, power, politicians and political parties, and yes, even ministry leaders. Who or what are you worshipping alongside God and how is it hindering your life? My challenge to you this week is to seek out those things you worship and begin taking steps to remove them from the throne of your heart. If you’d like to share about who your Ba’als are, feel free to drop them in the comment below!

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