[Exo 34:11-17 NLT] (11) But listen carefully to everything I command you today. Then I will go ahead of you and drive out the Amorites, Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. (12) "Be very careful never to make a treaty with the people who live in the land where you are going. If you do, you will follow their evil ways and be trapped. (13) Instead, you must break down their pagan altars, smash their sacred pillars, and cut down their Asherah poles. (14) You must worship no other gods, for the LORD, whose very name is Jealous, is a God who is jealous about his relationship with you. (15) "You must not make a treaty of any kind with the people living in the land. They lust after their gods, offering sacrifices to them. They will invite you to join them in their sacrificial meals, and you will go with them. (16) Then you will accept their daughters, who sacrifice to other gods, as wives for your sons. And they will seduce your sons to commit adultery against me by worshiping other gods. (17) You must not make any gods of molten metal for yourselves.

To clarify, would a host community/country to Baal expect to find allies in communities/countries that also host Baal? The text seems to link the worship of foreign gods with making treaties with them. And Israel's obligation to the nations whose gods they have adopted might include military aid, dunno.

Am I alone with seeing caveats about treaties connected with the worship of the gods of other nations.

The LORD wants iconoclasts!

  • God's relationship with Israel was a marriage. Israel's (and Judah's) rejection of God is seen as harlotry by the prophets.'Politics' has nothing to do with it. – Nigel J Nov 6 '19 at 22:52
  • Not sure what you mean by political alliance but it was legally binding which is why even when God through Elisha prophesied that they would beat Moab 2 kings 3 and they fulfilled all the requirements to receive the promises and take the bounty of war, but because Israel offered sacrifices to Chemosh when the king of Moab offered his son, Chemosh was granted legal rights by God to cause a wrath to come out and send the three armies home empty handed. Had Israel not had contractile obligations the prophecy would have ended in victory but a law-suit held up the blessing on technical legal terms – Nihil Sine Deo Nov 6 '19 at 22:59
  • @NihilSineDeo Interesting stuff. Should you perhaps proffer an answer? – Ruminator Nov 6 '19 at 23:15
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    Maybe clarify what you intended to mean by political alliance first, please – Nihil Sine Deo Nov 6 '19 at 23:16
  • @NihilSineDeo I added a little clarification at the end. If that doesn't work, please advise. Thanks. – Ruminator Nov 6 '19 at 23:27

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