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Chemosh


King Solomon built a high place (sanctuary) to Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of Ammon (1Kings 11:7). The worship or adoration of any god except Yahweh by any Hebrew people was considered an abomination by Yahweh. But Solomon was not the first to worship foreign gods. Moab had also worshipped Chemosh, Woe to thee, Moab! Thou art undone, O people of Chemosh; he has given his sons that escaped, and his daughters, into captivity unto Sibon, king of the Ammonites
(Numbers 21:29).

Chemosh was a deity in the pantheon of the Moabites, a people neighboring the Israelites. The deity's name may mean "the destroyer" or "the subduer," possibly denoting he was a war-god because Mesha, a Moabite leader, attributed his victories over the Israelites to Chemosh.

It is said when Solomon became old he turned away from the Israelite God, Yahweh, as did his father David. Solomon went after Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom, the abomination of the Ammonites. (1Kings 11:5)In v 33 Yahweh restates the ways the Israelites have offended him, their abominations, as David had but because David had been Yahweh' servant now Yahweh promised not to keep his statutes and ordinances v. 34, but he would divided the kingdom into ten tribes v. 35.

Yahweh always punished Israelites disobeying him. Israelites were his chosen people so the Bible states. They were to have no others gods before him for he was a jealous god (Joshua 24:19). Yahweh commands, people serve; throughout the Old and New Testaments Yahweh changes into all loving and good god through the help of the Devil and Jesus Christ Still no commandments or physical punishments have been removed just as they were not in the time of David and Solomon.

Men grow worry in old age. They tire of disappointments, and they seek companionship just as David and Solomon did. Such actions were beyond Yahweh's command so he imposed punishments, men's reasons and feelings counted naught. At first there were reasons for Yahweh's restrictions on the Israelites since they were a small band of people and the restrictions kept them together and the restrictions served the same purpose when Yahweh separated then into the ten tribes. But the also created a resentment toward the Israelites, saying they were God's chosen people, warring with those not believing this, and the rise of Christianity so Yahweh might become the dominant God. No wonder anti-Semitism arose. To many the Jews brought anti-Semitism upon themselves, considering themselves God's chosen people, greater than others. This caused wars among nations which had been peaceful neighbors for generations. But nature was harder to control when amore daughters of other people of other gods were enticing to young Israelite men. The problem still exists today in a world were all nations do not acknowledge and worship one supreme God. A.G.H.


Source:

Belanger, Michelle. The Dictionary of Demon: Names of the Damneds. Llewellen Publications. 2010. ebook. p. 93


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