Our Baals

money_and_godI picked up an interesting book the other day with a title that captured my attention. The book is titled, The Book of Mysteries (2016), and it is the latest offering by Jonathan Cahn, a Messianic rabbi, biblical scholar, New York Times best-selling author, and President of Hope of the World ministries. The following description of the book is found on Amazon.com:

Imagine if you discovered a treasure chest in which were hidden ancient mysteries, revelations from heaven, secrets of the ages, the answers to man’s most enduring, age-old questions, and the hidden keys that can transform your life to joy, success, and blessing…This is “The Book of Mysteries.”

Jonathan Cahn, who caused a national and international stir with the New York Times best-seller “The Harbinger” and then “The Mystery of the Shemitah,” now brings us a treasure chest inside of which are contained some of the greatest mysteries of all time. . . . “The Book of Mysteries” takes the readers on a journey of divine revelation through ancient Scriptures, the laws of Creation, the deep of God’s Word, the hidden streams of history, the most important keys of spiritual truth, end-time mysteries, and the secrets of life.

“The Book of Mysteries” opens up with a traveler and his encounter with a man known only as “the teacher.” The teacher takes him on an odyssey through desert mountains, valleys, gardens and plains, encounters with nomadic tent dwellers, caverns and ancient ruins, chambers of scrolls and vessels, and more. The reader is taken along to partake in the journey and in all the teachings and revelations. The traveler keeps a journal in which he writes down each of the mysteries given to him by the teacher in his one-year odyssey—365 different mysteries—one for each day of the year. Thus, on top of everything else, “The Book of Mysteries” is also a daily devotional unlike any other. And each mystery contains a special mission for each day of the year, a mission that takes the revelation and applies it to reality for a life-changing journey. (Quote source here.)

Several endorsements for the book are listed below:

“I was absolutely stunned!” ~Governor Mike Huckabee, 44th Governor of Arkansas and 2016 Presidential Candidate.

“I was stunned. Amazed. Possibly the most astonishing book I have ever read.” ~R.T. Kendall, author, speaker, and teacher who pastored Westminster Chapel in London for 25 years (1977-2002).

“Extraordinary!” ~Pat Robertson, television host, author, and founder of CBN and The 700 Club.

“The most amazing thing I have ever read! Brilliant and stunning… sobering… humbling… it is undeniable truth. It is one of the most important books of our lifetime!” ~Joseph Farah, author and founder, editor and chief executive officer of WND

As noted above, the book is a record of a year long journey by a traveler (who is actually the author as acknowledged in “The Beginning” at the front of the book on pp. viii – x) when he dwelt in the desert and encountered someone identified only as “a teacher of mysteries.” The book is laid out much like a journal with each day’s teaching recorded under that specific day. As I was looking through the book, the entry for “Day 179” stood out as I could easily see the relevance and insight it provides for those of us living in America and other prosperous countries around the world. The following journal entry comes from “Day 179” in The Book of Mysteries (Day 179 is the actual page number):

THE BAALIM

He led me up a small mountain. When we reached its summit, we came across what looked like the remains of some sort of ancient gathering place. One could discern that by the arrangement of the stones, which had clearly not been produced by nature.

tozer-quote“When Israel turned away from God,” he said, “they turned to Baal. Baal was the god of their turning away, the god of their apostasy . . . or gods. You see, there wasn’t just one Baal, but many, many manifestations of the one. And the many were called the Baalim or the Baals. There was a Baal for everything, a Baal for every desire, every indulgence, and every sin. When you turn away from God, you end up worshipping the Baalim.”

“But who worships Baal anymore?” I asked.

“Whatever you give the highest place in your life to, whatever you live for, if it’s something other than God, that’s your Baal, and you’re worshipping it. And whenever one turns away from God, one turns, in one form or another, to Baal. And there’s a mystery to Baal. It’s in his name. Do you know what Baal means?”

“I have no idea.”

“Baal means master. The Hebrews thought the Baals were there to serve them, but it was the other way around. Because of the Baalim, the people of Israel would end up losing everything they valued most. You see, whatever your Baal is, it will always end up mastering you . . . it will always end up becoming your master. Some are mastered by the Baal of success, others by the Baals of power, others by the Baals of pleasure, others by the Baals of money and increase, others by the Baals of self. But they are all Baals, cruel and merciless masters.”

He looked away from the gathering place and into the distant mountains.

“And do you know what else Baal means?” he asked.

“No”

“Baal means owner. And what does that reveal?”

“You become owned by the Baal you worship.”

“Yes, possessed by your possession, by the idol you serve.”

“How different from God,” I said.

“Yes,” he said. “God is the true Master, the true Owner . . . and yet the One who gives Himself to you to become your possession, so that by giving yourself freely to Him you will no longer be mastered or owned by anything but His love.”

The Mission: Identify your Baal, that which has mastered you. Submit to the will of the Master [God] and you’ll have the power to break free from that Baal.

Readings: Judges 2:11-13; 1 Kings 18: 20-39; Hosea 2:16-23; 1 John 5:21 (Quote source, The Book of Mysteries,” Day 179.)

This concludes the reading for Day 179. I have nothing to add from what has been written above and it really does say it all. And we all have our Baals–those things that control us and own us. May we each take some time to consider our own Baals and the consequences they bring to our lives by placing them (and anything else) ahead of God. Do we want to continue worshipping our Baals, or turn them back over to God?

I’ll end this post with the words from 1 John 5:21:

Little children . . .

Keep yourselves from idols . . .

Amen . . . .

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  1. Oh, my! I shared this on Facebook with the warning that they had to read this prayerfully and examine their heart afterward . . . then, I dared them.
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