Then the men of the city said unto Joash, Bring out thy son, that he may die: because he hath cast down the altar of Baal, and because he hath cut down the grove that was by it….. Therefore on that day he called him Jerubbaal, saying, Let Baal plead against him, because he hath thrown down his altar.
Judges 6:30, 32 KJV
God has funny ways of making a mockery of idol worship. By telling Gideon to throw down the altar of Baal, God provided unmistakable evidence that Baal isn’t God. Where was this god when its sanctuary was being thrown down by the son of Joash. If Baal couldn’t defend itself, it was no use serving such God. The statement was clear. Joash’s reply rocked the integrity of the diety. Brittanicca describes Baal in these words, ” Baal, god worshipped in many ancient Middle Eastern communities, especially among the Canaanites, who apparently considered him a fertility deity and one of the most important gods in the pantheon.” It is this same god that had permeated Israel’s worship when Elijah had to make a public show in 1Kings 18. That altar had to go down before a new altar could be erected. Spiritual battles are actually battles of altars, struggling for supremacy. Abraham Chigbundu, a Nigerian preacher, has done a book on the reality of spiritual warfare titled, Altar versus Altar. Its worth reading. The reality of the altar is why God instructed Gideon to throw down the Altar of Baal. Is there what you have to uproot before you establish Gods authority in your home? Share your testimonies with us.