1 KINGS 16
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33 And Ahab made a grove [Ach'av made HaAsherah]; and Ahab [Ach'av] did more to provoke Yahweh Elohim of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel [Malkhei Yisroel] that were before him.


It was not just personal wickedness, but a systematic attempt to break down and corrupt the true worship of God-like today, a mixing of true and false-and mix Baal worship in with it.

Baal worship, brought in by Jezebel, beside having the prestige and power of the throne behind it, was very gratifying and appealing to the flesh, like the present corrupt modern philosophy of so-called freedom that is breaking down all the moral barriers; while the self-control of pure worship and obedience to God has always been humbling to the spirit and crucifying to the flesh.

Without a bulwark of strength like Elijah to sound the trumpet-call, Baal worship would have been triumphant.

The trend was - like today, in the world and amongst many of those called from the world -instead of a clear-cut distinction, to try to make the two compatible - to emphasize the similarities, and minimize the differences between Baal-worship and Yahweh-worship.

Bro Growcott - Yahweh Elohim of Israel Liveth