Israel Forsook the Lord and Served Baal - Part 1


Copied from the sermon notes of Pastor Don Elmore

October 7, 2018

Scripture Reading:  Judges 2:11-13

11) “And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim:

12) And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and provoked the LORD to anger.

13) And they [Israel] forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.”

All the world is a stage. The world is putting on a great play. The concluding act of the Supreme Court Judge was ended Saturday by the confirming of the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh as the newest Supreme Court Judge.

Are you happy that he was confirmed? It seems like it was a clever sales maneuver. The leftists may actually want Kavanaugh to be a Supreme Court Judge, but pretended they don’t, so the conservatives might put up a ferocious fight for him. So, then everyone is fooled into thinking Kavanaugh is a real patriot, a real conservative, a real constitutionalist, and the leftists will have the upper hand once again. The conservatives will think that they can breathe a sigh of relief.

But Kavanaugh is a Roman Catholic, a “universalist.” And not just any Roman Catholic, but a Jesuit Catholic. The Jesuits were started with the one purpose and that was to destroy Protestantism. The Supreme Court now is composed of six Roman Catholics and three Jews. No Protestants; just their enemies. The “foxes” are guarding the hen house.


  1. Helped get President Clinton acquitted of his sexual case with Monica Lewinski. Lewinsky stated that she had sexual encounters with Bill Clinton on nine occasions from November 1995 to March 1997. Bill was subsequently acquitted on all impeachment charges of perjury and obstruction of justice in a 21-day Senate trial. 

  2. Helped get Hillary Clinton out of her mess surrounding the Vince Foster murder. Lots of “behind the scenes” goings on in that case.

  3. Helped get people’s “right to bear arms” taken away if the government thinks there is a good reason. What a “Constitutionist.”

  4. Helped get Obamacare passed.

  5. Help give the conservatives a 5 to 4 vote against abortion. Once I see armed guards on the border, or a wall, will I have any hope in abortion being side-lined in our nation? I thought the Roman Catholic Pope was against abortion, and we have six Roman Catholics on the Supreme Court: and abortion is still not ended!

The Jews and Roman Catholics have no right to be there in the Supreme Court. Our nation was established as an anti-Catholic, anti-Jewish, Protestant nation. These two enemies of Protestants were forbidden to vote and hold office in the early days.

So, many churches will pray “blessings” to the new Supreme Court Judge today. But it is like a person that is in sin and a mindless person prays for God to bless that person. That prayer is an insult to God’s very holiness, and any blessing would only serve to help that person continue his sinful lifestyle.  True Christianity is no anti-intellectual; but that is how most Christians operate, and in doing so, they follow a false religion— “universalism.”

Let’s reason together. A woman from almost 40 years ago claims that Kavanaugh jumped on top of her at a drunken high school party in 1982.   She was 15 years old and Kavanaugh was 17. There were no adults at the party. She made no complaints about it at the time, not even to any close friends or to her parents, and then waited 36 years to say something.  No rape.  No intercourse.  She said that Kavanaugh jumped on top of her while they both had their clothes on. He put his hands over her mouth and she said that she thought that he would “accidently kill her.” Kavanaugh’s friend jumped on the bed and it caused all three of them to fall off the bed. She was able to get free and ran down the stairs and got a ride home.

She cannot remember when it happened or where it happened.  She cannot remember who was at the party except for Kavanaugh and his redacted friend.   The redacted friend says it never happened.   Kavanaugh says that it never happened.   She cannot remember how she got to the party or with whom.   Or how she got home or with whom.  No one vouches for her story.  Was she drinking?  Using drugs?  Did the party ever really happen?  So, what was she doing at such a sordid party?  Why did she go into a bedroom with 2 drunk teenage boys?   And why did she wait until now to complain about it? 

Mrs. Ford is from California and a Feinstein supporter. She was raised in Maryland. Both are very liberal states. She gave her letter to Feinstein more than two months ago.  So why did Feinstein wait until just before the confirmation hearing to reveal it ... just days before a Senate vote?   Why didn’t Feinstein mention it at the confirmation hearing so that Kavanaugh could address it?

In Friday’s October 5th Cincinnati Enquirer there is a picture of a girl with a “Stop Kavanaugh” sign. The Enquirer had a two-sentence description of the photograph. It said:

Jenna Clark“Jenna Klunk at Thursday’s “#Cancel Kavanaugh Take #MeToo Into the Streets” protest at the Hamilton County Courthouse. ‘I’m here because it’s honestly really scary to think about a rapist getting away with it,” she says. ‘My rapist got away with it and I don’t want to see anyone else’s rapist get away with it’”

What is she talking about? What rapist? Kavanaugh now was a rapist? Wow.  can you imagine this?   It just like what Saul Alinsky advocated: “The end justifies the means.”

Blasey Ford is not the usual innocent teenager:

  1. She has an SCI security clearance,

  2. She works for the CIA,

  3. She is the head of the CIA undergraduate internship program at Stanford University,

  4. She s a “professor” at an “off brand” university,

  5. Her father, Ralph Blasey II, operates three CIA companies,

  6. Her grandfather was a valuable CIA agent for several decades.

If that be the case, the CIA is still working to undermine Trump, and it is time to disband the entire agency. Ford’s testimony would be an absolute high crime committed by the CIA against its own host government.

Ford’s ex-boyfriend from years ago has suddenly come forward with a written letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee. In it, he solidly contradicts Ford’s testimony last week on polygraphs as well as other issues. Senator Chuck Grassley now has severe doubts about her truthfulness.

The man does not wish his name or identity to be made public. He dated Ford between 1992 and 1998. At one point, they lived together. The relationship eventually ended after Ford cheated on him. She then allegedly used his credit card for a year after they parted ways. He had to confront her on it because at first, she lied about it. When he threatened to notify fraud prevention, she came clean.

Attorney Rachel Mitchell asked Ford about her anxieties. Ford acknowledged that she had a discomfort with airplanes but said she was “able to get up the gumption” and fly from California to Washington for the hearing. She said she’s also taken planes for vacations.

One of the senators asked Mrs. Ford if she knew that the Senate gave her the option of coming to the Senate and testifying or the Senate would send their representatives to her in California. She hadn’t heard that choice was given. The senator then said that her lawyers (Katz and Bromwich) withheld the information from her. In fact, while that was true, Mrs. Ford wasn’t in California as the Senate thought, she was in Delaware with her parents.

Mrs. Ford had a fear of flying? She blamed the situation that happened in her mind over 35 years ago on her anxiety of being in a room with only one door. That is one reason she had her ex-husband put in a second front door—so she could have another door to escape. She has the same fear in an airplane, or so she says.

But the truth is that she flew quite frequently for business and for vacations...she said she went to French Polynesia, Costa Rica, Hawaii, etc. In fact, it was multiple times to Hawaii and Costa Rica. This woman flies a lot. She was a regular airplane passenger. Yet she didn’t want to want to meet with the committee at her town because she wasn’t prepared with her “answers.” She is not credible now.

The 2 lawyers assisting Christine Ford are jews

The two lawyers of Christine Ford are Jews. Who are they? They were called liars by our Savior. They are said to be hated by Him. Our Savior is said in the Bible to have war with them until the end of this age. Our Savior said that they were born from “beneath.” Jesus the Christ said that they were not “sheep” and that they could not hear the words of God. This takes us to our sermon today.

Judges 2:11-13:

11) “And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim:

12) And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and provoked the LORD to anger.

13) And they [Israel] forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.”

Joshua had died. Israel had served the LORD all the days of Joshua. And they had continued to serve the LORD all the days of the elders that had out-lived Joshua. The elders had known all the works of the LORD that He had done for Israel.

Joshua 24:31:

31) “And Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that overlived Joshua, and which had known all the works of the LORD, that He had done for Israel.”

So, for the thirty years that Joshua was in Canaan and afterward during the few years of the elders who out-lived him, Israel served the LORD. The elders remembered the works that the LORD had done on behalf of Israel while they were freed from bondage in Egypt, when they were in the wilderness and when they had entered Canaan. What happened when these elders died?

Shortly after the death of Joshua, Israel asked the LORD which tribe would be the first to go and fight against the Canaanites who remained in their inheritance (lot)? Israel had destroyed many of the Canaanites in the battles that had taken place in the time that they had crossed the Jordan River. They had killed 31 kings of the Canaanites.

The tribes of Israel had received their inheritance during the days of Joshua. Now that each tribe had received the borders of their inheritance, they had to go and drive out the Canaanites who remained. They were to be a separate nation. There was to be no public school for both the Israelites and Canaanites. No temple worship for both the Israelites and Canaanites. No political system for both the Israelites and Canaanites. There were to be no Canaanites left in the Promised Land! No melting pot. No salad bowl. No multiculturalism. No diversity. It was to be the nation of God’s covenant people only.

Which tribe did the LORD indicate should be the first to go and fight against the Canaanites? It was Judah. Judah was the first tribe that the LORD God said was to go and fight against their ancient enemy. They were to annihilate the Canaanites. They were to destroy every single descendant of Cain and Canaan and destroy the way that they worshipped. They were to destroy their idols, temples and images. What god did they worship? The Canaanites worshipped Baal. They were to destroy everything that the Canaanites had built regarding Baal worship; their meeting places, their temples, their arches, their altars, their images, they were to cut down their groves of trees, and they were instructed to burn their graven images with fire. It was total genocide and annihilation. It was God’s plan that His nation was to a separate nation!

Judah asked God if Simeon could fight with him. After which, Judah would go and fight with Simeon against the Canaanites in the inheritance (land) of Simeon. God agreed. So, the two tribes of Israel began to trust and obey the LORD’s commands. They fought against the Canaanites.

Who won? Judah and Simeon vs. the Canaanites who lived in Judah’s inheritance and then later the Canaanites who remained in Simeon’s inheritance?

The LORD was with Judah and Simeon and gave them victory over the Canaanites. The two-tribe fighting force conquered Hebron and gave it to Caleb. They also destroyed the three giants, the three sons of Anak.

But there was one little difficulty. The Canaanites who lived in the valley had chariots of iron. The two tribes of the Israelites had only foot soldiers.

Judges 1:19:

19) “And the LORD was with Judah: and He drave out the inhabitants of the mountain; but [Judah and Simeon had sinned and] could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.”

So, Judah and Simeon suffered a major failure. They sinned in that they didn’t completely trust and obey the LORD their God. Who was the one who gave them the Promised Land in the first place? Wouldn’t He help them? Who was their General? Wouldn’t God help them like He had helped them in the past? Do they remember what happened in the battle of Jericho? Do they recall when the hailstorm suddenly occurred and killed many of the Canaanites? Why did Judah and Simeon fear the Canaanites of the Valley because they had chariots of iron, and they didn’t have any?

Look at what some of the Bible commentators say about these verses:

Jamison-Fawcett-Brown Commentary:

“19. the Lord was with Judah; … but they could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley—The war was of the Lord, whose omnipotent aid would have ensured their success in every encounter, whether on the mountains or the plains, with foot soldiers or cavalry. It was distrust, the want of a simple and firm reliance on the promise of God, that made them afraid of the iron chariots…”

Matthew Henry Commentary:

“1:9-20. The Canaanites had iron chariots; but Israel had God on their side, whose chariots are thousands of angels, Ps 68:17.”

Psalms 68:17:

17) “The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.”

“Yet they suffered their fears to prevail against their faith.”

The Septuagint:

“He (Judah) took possession of the mountain, for they were not enabled to drive out the inhabitants of the vale, because Rechab dissuaded them.”

Jonathan ben Uzziel:

“They extirpated the inhabitants of the mountains, but afterwards, when they sinned, they were not able to extirpate the inhabitants of the plain country, because they had chariots of iron.”

When they sinned, they were left to their own strength. Judah and Simeon failed to trust and obey their LORD, so they were not helped in their battle with the Canaanites in the valley. So, Judah and Simeon did not annihilate the Canaanites completely—the ones in the valley remained.

Next, was the tribe of Benjamin.

Judges 1:21:

21) “And the children of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites that inhabited Jerusalem: but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Benjamin in Jerusalem unto this day.”

Benjamin failed to drive out all the Canaanites in their inheritance.

Judges 1:27:

27) “Neither did Manasseh drive out the inhabitants of Bethshean and her towns, nor Taanach, and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Dor and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Ibleam, and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Megiddo and her towns: but the Canaanites would dwell in that land.”

Manasseh failed to drive out all the Canaanites in their inheritance.

Judges 1:29:

29) “Neither did Ephraim drive out the Canaanites that dwelt in Gezer; but the Canaanites dwelt in Gezer among them.”

Ephraim failed to drive out all the Canaanites in their inheritance.

Judges 1:30:

30) “Neither did Zebulun drive out the inhabitants of the Kitron, nor the inhabitants of Nahalol; but the Canaanites dwelt among them, and became tributaries.”

Zebulun failed to drive out all the Canaanites in their inheritance.

Judges 1:31, 32:

31) “Neither did Asher drive out the inhabitants of Accho, not the inhabitants of Zidon, nor of Ahlab, nor of Achzib, nor of Heibah, nor of Ahik, nor of Rehob:

32) But the Asherites dwelt among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land: for they did not drive them out.”

Asher failed to drive out all the Canaanites in their inheritance.

Judges 1:33:

33) “Neither did Naphtali drive out the inhabitants of Bethshemesh, nor the inhabitants of Bethanath; but he dwelt among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land: nevertheless the inhabitants of Bethshemesh and of Bethanath became tributaries unto them.”

Naphtali failed to drive out the Canaanites from their inheritance.

Judges 1:34:

34) “And the Amorites forced the children of Dan into the mountain: for they would not suffer them to come down to the valley.”

Dan failed to drive out all the Canaanites from their inheritance.

Judges 1:35:

35) “But the Amorites would dwell in mount Heres in Aijalon, and in Shaalbim: yet the hand of the house of Joseph prevailed, so that they became tributaries.”

The house of Joseph failed to drive out the Canaanites from their inheritance.

What did they do next? Judah, Simeon, Benjamin, Manasseh, Ephraim, Zebulun, Asher, Naphtali, Dan had either Canaanites living among them or they were living with the Canaanites. The tribes of Reuben, Issachar and Levi were not mentioned. How long did it take Israel to go from serving the LORD God of Israel to forsaking Him and serving Baal and Ashtaroth? Would you believe it took just one generation?

Judges 2:1-4:

1) “And an angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I sware unto our fathers; and I said, I will never break my covenant with you.

2) And ye shall make no league with the inhabitants of this land: ye shall throw down their altars: but ye have not obeyed my voice: why have ye done this?

3) Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you.

4) And it came to pass, when the angel of the LORD spake these words unto all the children of Israel, that the people lifted up their voice, and wept.”

God’s purpose in using the enemies of Israel was to test His nation and see if they would be obedient and depend on Him for continued help.

Idols were a great curse. More commands were given against them than against almost any other thing. More plagues and judgments of God came upon the nation for sins of idolatry than for anything else. Even race-mixing was part of idol worship. No wonder that the Roman Catholics took the command to not bow down to idols out of the “ten commandments.” The Roman Catholics are big idol worshippers.

Numbers 25:1-3:

1) “And Israel abode in shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab.

2) And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods, and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods.

3) And Israel joined himself unto Baal-peor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel.”

A general process of hardening continued in Israel from here to the time when there was no turning back; so God permitted them to go into captivity. This broke the people temporarily. It is clear that as long as Israel served God, He caused them to prosper; but when they forsook Him He no longer blessed them. Instead He permitted:

  1. Defeat,

  2. Servitude to their enemies,

  3. Various judgments to whip them into shape again,

  4. Seeking to save the nation from sure destruction that He had promised, should they backslide and rebel against Him.

The whole book of Judges is a record of repeated sin, apostasy, judgments, and temporary repentance and consecration to God if a particular leader was alive whom God had raised up to deliver the people from their enemies. This program went on for 520 years under the judges, then continued through another period of 513 years under kings—until the nation was destroyed and taken into captivity. They had split into two different kingdoms: to the north a ten-tribe kingdom and to the south a three-tribe kingdom.

The northern kingdom, called the house of Israel, forbid their citizens to:

  • Worship at the Temple of God in Jerusalem because it was in the kingdom of Judah. They built two more Houses for their citizens to worship in. These two houses were not commanded by the LORD to be built; they were false houses of worship.

  • Keep the dates of the Feast Days of Israel. The dates were changed. They didn’t worship the LORD God of Israel anyway—they were Baal worshippers. They worshipped the same god that the people who were cast out of the promised land were worshipping.

  • Keep any of the priests that were from the required tribe of Levi. They picked the lowest of men from different non-Levite tribes or mongrels from the priestly tribe.

  • Keep any king from being from the required tribe of Judah. They had kings from tribes other than Judah. Each king was worse than the previous king.

In fact, the first king of the house of Israel, Jeroboam, after once having received prophecies and have been promised a sure house and a kingdom if he would obey, rejected the LORD God of Israel and went into sin.

1 Kings 14:9:

9) “But hast done evil above all that were before thee [Jeroboam]: for thou hast gone and made thee other gods, and molten images, to provoke me to anger, and hast cast Me behind thy back:”

Jeroboam made two great sins:

  1. Made other gods, and molten images, including groves.

  2. Cast the LORD God of Israel behind his back.

King Jeroboam made groves. What was this? It was a pillar or image of wood. It was set up with the image of Baal and worshipped by rites and lascivious practices. Asherah is always rendered “grove” and “groves” in the A. V., but retain as a proper name in the R.V. The pillar was set upright or erect in the ground like a totem pole. It was either a living tree with the top cut off and the trunk fashioned into a certain shape, or a log fashioned into an idol and set erect in the ground. Though actually made of wood, it was perhaps, in some cases, made of stone. Such poles could be cut down, plucked up, burnet and broken in pieces. They were not groves of trees.

The house of Israel were eventually totally Baal worshipers. They were divorced by God; cut off from the commonwealth of Israel. They had no hope. A question posed for any Judeo-Christian believer: Were any of the house of Israel Baal worshippers “saved?”

Judah did not do much better.

I King 14:22-25:

22) “And Judah did evil in the sight of the LORD, and they provoked Him to jealousy with their sins which they had committed, above all that their fathers had done.

23) For they also built them high places, and images, and groves, on every high hill, and under every green tree.

24) And there were also sodomites in the land: and they [kingdom of Judah] did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.”

Sodomites are those who commit the sin of Sodom. They are male prostitutes dedicated to idolatry. Such was forbidden by God’s law. Sodomites related to the Asherah. Question to any Judeo-Christian believer: Were any of the house of Judah, who were Baal worshippers, at this time, “saved?” Were any of the sodomites “saved?”

Jeremiah 7:27-28:

27) “Therefore thou shalt speak all these words unto them; but they will not hearken to thee: thou shalt also call unto them; but they will not answer thee.

28) But thou shalt say unto them, This is a nation that obeyeth not the voice of the LORD their God, nor receiveth correction: truth is perished, and is cut off from their mouth.”

Brian Jones used these verses last week. He said that the United States could be the “nation” that is described in this verse. I agree. I grew up in a church that said that the “Law of God was nailed to the cross of Jesus Christ.”

Is America a Christian nation? Not now.

  • In the 1860s, America began to believe the lie that the Jews were the covenant people of God. It doesn’t say this anywhere in the Bible.

  • In the 1880s, America began to allow Jews and Roman Catholics to immigrate to America in large numbers. Modern Israel (USA) changed from a separate nation to a melting pot.

  • In 1913, America got a national bank; the Federal Reserve Bank. The Jews gained control of the nation.

  • In 1916 and 1941, Great Britain, Canada, France, and other Israelites nations, along with America began to fight against their racial-brother, Germany, in two world wars. The Jews got want they wanted.

  • In the 1950s, America made feminism legal. This was led by the Jews.

  • In the 1960s, America made rock & roll music the sound of the younger generation: free sex and drugs was the vain promise. This was also a Jewish endeavor.

  • In 1967, America made race-mixing legal. This law was changed by the leadership of Jews.

  • In the 1970s, America made sports, both professional and amateur, the vain lifestyle of the country. This was led by the Jews.

  • In 1973, America made abortion legal. This law was changed by the Jewish leadership of the nation.

  • In the 1980s, America made multiculturalism legal. This change was led by the Jewish leadership.

  • In the 1990s, America made homosexuality legal. This change was made by the Jewish leaders in the nation.

  • In the 2000s, America made the church integrated with the rest of the world. This was made by the false Jewish interpretation of the scriptures.

  • In the 2010s, America made same-sex marriages legal. This change was made by Jewish leadership in the nation.

  • America forsook the LORD God of Israel and became Baal worshippers! Just like their fathers had done in the days shortly after Joshua’s death.

Has America fallen under the judgment of God? God told Israel that if they disobeyed His commandments one of the judgments would be that “they who hate you shall reign over you,” (Leviticus 26:17b).

Who hates us? The people that reign over us.

To be continued.

Blessed be the LORD God of Israel.