1 Kings 18:21 (JPS)
21 And Elijah came near unto all the people, and said: 'How long halt ye between two opinions? if YHWH be God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.' And the people answered him not a word.
Now a rephrase...
1 Kings 18:21
21 And Elijah came near unto all the people, and said: 'How long halt ye between two opinions? if YHWH be God, follow Him; but if Jesus, follow him.' And the people answered him not a word.
At some point you will have to make a choice. YHWH won't force Himself upon anyone, He wants people to go or return to Him, of their own choosing. ;)
27 That think to cause My people to forget My name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers forgot My name for Baal/Lord.
Now, why is it that 'YHWH' is removed yet Baal remains in most bibles?
Baal from the Hebrew
1168 Ba`al bah'-al the same as 1167; Baal, a Phoenician deity:--Baal, (plural) Baalim.
Baal = "lord"
1) supreme male divinity of the Phoenicians or Canaanites
2) a Reubenite
3) the son of Jehiel and grandfather of Saul
4) a town of Simeon, probably identical to Baalath-beer
from the Hebrew
1167 ba`al bah'-al from 1166; a master; hence, a husband, or (figuratively) owner (often used with another noun in modifications of this latter sense):--+ archer, + babbler, + bird, captain, chief man, + confederate, + have to do, + dreamer, those to whom it is due, + furious, those that are given to it, great, + hairy, he that hath it, have, + horseman, husband, lord, man, + married, master, person, + sworn, they of.
1) owner, husband, lord
b) a husband
c) citizens, inhabitants
d) rulers, lords
e) (noun of relationship used to characterise - ie, master of dreams)
f) lord (used of foreign gods)
I wonder how many have replaced YHWH with Jesus?
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?