DID YOU KNOW that Baal, a Semitic word, means master, lord or possessor?
And just who, or what, was Baal?
We found in several sources that Baal was an idol representing the sun. He also was considered by his worshippers, the peoples of the Near East, to be the source of life and fertility, the mightiest hero, and the lord of war. The practice of sacred prostitution also seems to have been associated with the worship of Baal.
ELIJAH AND THE PRIESTS OF BAAL: (1 Kings 18:22-24, 26-39)
"Then Elijah said to the people, 'I alone, remain a prophet of YHVH; but the prophets of Baal are four hundred and fifty men. Then let them give us two bulls; and let them choose one bull for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and place it on the wood, and place no fire. And I, I will prepare the other bull and will put it on the wood, and I will not place fire. And you shall call on the name of your god; and I, I will call on the name of YHVH; and it shall be, the god who answers by fire, he is the (Elohim). . .' "
"And they took the bull that was given to them, and prepared, and called on the name of Baal from the morning even until noon, saying, 'O Baal, answer us!' And there was no sound, and no one was answering; and they leaped about the altar that one had made.
"And it happened at noon, that Elijah taunted them and said, 'Call with a loud voice, for he is a god; for he is meditating, or pursuing, or on a journey; it may be he is asleep and must be awakened.' And they called with a loud voice, and cut themselves, according to their way, with swords and with spears until blood gushed out on them. And it happened as noon passed by, that they prophesied madly until the offering up of the offering; and no sound came, and no one was answering, and no one was paying attention.
"And Elijah said to all the people, 'Come near to me.' And all the people came near to him; and he healed the altar of YHVH that had been broken down. And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the Word of YHVH came, saying Israel shall be your name. And he built an altar with the stones in the name of YHVH, and made a trench around the altar large as two seahs of seed in space. And he arranged the wood, and cut the bull in pieces, and placed it on the wood, and said, 'Fill four water jars of water and pour on the burnt offering and on the wood.' And he said, 'Do it a second time'; and they did it a second time; and he said 'Do it a third time'; and they did it a third time. And the water went around the altar, and also he filled the trench with water.
"And it happened at the offering of the sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near and said, 'O YHVH, the Elohay of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known today that You are Elohim in Israel, and I Your servant, that by Your Word I have done all these things. Answer me, O YHVH, answer me; and this people shall know that You are YHVH the Elohim; and You shall turn their hearts back again.' And fire fell from YHVH and burned up the burnt offering, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and the water in the trench was licked up. And all the people saw, and fell on their faces, and said, 'YHVH, He is the Elohim; YHVH, He is the Elohim!'"
You will note that Elijah did not call upon the Lord, but called upon the name of YHVH, as the Scriptures admonish us. What if he had called out Lord, Lord. Answer me, Lord! Remember, Baal's name means "lord", so we must ask ourselves: Would YHVH have answered him?