It led to the persecution of Yahweh’s prophets. The remaining loyal followers of Yahweh were driven into hiding.
It led to the division in Kingdom as a punishment by God/Unity was undermined.
Religious syncretism developed where they worshipped both Yahweh and Baal e.g. Israelites turned to fertility gods to ensure good harvests and looked to Yahweh in times of military crisis..
Israelites broke their covenant relationship with God.
Israelites forgot the covenant of brotherhood and practice.
God raised up prophets like Prophet Elijah to help bring back the Israelites to the covenant way of life.
Famine and drought befell Israel leading to the people’s suffering e.g. 3 years drought/suffering.
Social evils such as bribery, sexual immorality and stealing became rampant.
False prophets emerged in Israel and received state protection and gave false messages.
The Israelites were defeated in battles leading to their exile in foreign countries.
They introduced new religious festivals that were not in the Mosaic Law.
The Canaanite agricultural calendar was adopted by Israel for the timing of the pilgrimage festival. (Ex 34:22 – 23).
Names of Canaanite gods were used for Yahweh e.g. El the name of the father of all gods was applied to Yahweh. The name Baal was also given to Yahweh.
Parents began naming their children after Baal e.g. one of the judges, Gideon was also named Jerubaal, which means “Let Baal contend”.
The Canaanite sacrificial system was incorporated into Israelite worship e.g. the different types of Israelite sacrifices such as peace offerings, burnt offering (Holocaust) and cereal offering (Oblation) where formerly Canaanite in origin Lev 1 and 2 but were later taken over by Israelites.
Under the influence of Jezebel, King Ahab declared Baalism a compulsory state religion. Baal was worshipped as the Lord of heavens who sustains and gives life.
Queen Jezebel ordered the destruction of the altars of Yahweh/Yahweh’s altars were destroyed/ neglected.
Emergence of weak rulers through bloody coups.
Exile to Assyria and Babylon.
The 450 prophets of Baal were made officials of the royal court in order to promote and protect the Baal religion.
The religion of Yahweh was now in danger of being destroyed. It is in this context that Yahweh raised up Prophet Elijah, a Tishbite, to return Israel to the covenant way of life.
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