February 17, 2011

Minor Prophets XIII: Baal Perogies?

So...what is "Baal Peor" in Hosea 9:10? If we go back to Israel’s origins with Moses, we see that the Lord took great pleasure and delight in the nation “like finding grapes in the desert; when I saw your ancestors, it was like seeing the early fruit on the fig tree." The Lord’s attitude towards them would soon change. When they arrived at Peor they engaged in sexual immorality with Moabite and Midianite women as part of the religious fertility rites associated with the worship of Baal Peor (Numbers 25).

While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with Moabite women, who invited them to the sacrifices to their gods. The people ate the sacrificial meal and bowed down before these gods. So Israel yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor. And the LORD’s anger burned against them. ~Numbers 25:1-3

So we see a pattern or history of Israel either literally or figuratively “whoring themselves out” to other religions either through idolatry or literal illicit immoral sexual behavior. More than likely “that shameful idol” mentioned that they whored themselves out to was probably a localized version to that area of the Canaanite fertility god Baal (this fake clown was everywhere). Now in Hosea’s time, history was repeating itself. It was like a dormant (or not so dormant) disease that came back to the surface and manifested itself as a monsterous sore.

Dopes. Unfortunately, I see history repeating even today. Man never learns. How typical of a being that is totally depraved.

Chisholm, Robert B.. "Israel's Guilt And Punishment Reiterated." The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition Of The Scriptures. Ed John Walvoord & Roy Zuck. Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books, 1985. 1399. Print.

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