The Midianites had an apparent religio-political connection with the Moabites who were believed to worship a multitude of gods. There appears that some of Midianites worshipped Baal-peor and the Queen of Heaven, Ashteroth.
There was also an Egyptian temple of Hathor at Timna which continued to be used during the Midianite occupation of the site. However, whether Hathor or some other deity was the object of devotion during this period is impossible to ascertain.
Therefore, even though the Midianites, in general, didn't worship the God of Israel, enough knowledge of Him must have existed among them for Jethro, Moses' Father-In-Law, to make the following statement after hearing about the Exodus, and God's miraculous freeing of the Jewish People from their Egyptian bondage:
- "And Jethro rejoiced for all the goodness which the LORD had done to Israel, whom he had delivered out of the hand of the Egyptians. 10 And Jethro said, Blessed be the LORD, who hath delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of Pharaoh, who hath delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians. 11 Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly he was above them. 12 And Jethro, Moses’ father in law, took a burnt offering and sacrifices for God: and Aaron came, and all the elders of Israel, to eat bread with Moses’ father in law before God." Exodus 18:9
The Kingdom of God is from generation to generation". And any and all generations may go into apostasy if they unmoore the rituals of religion from its purpose and precept.
Today, most of the functions of those temples is now provided through public religion. The early Church established by Jesus the Christ was providing the service that the modern Christian now go to the government of the world to obtain.
What was the stumbling block Balaam offered to King Balak? After Balaam departs from Moab, we see the ramifications of this instruction as Israel joins itself to Baal-Peor. They have committed the error of the Nicolaitan and Balaam.
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