The seeds of a hierarchical government were planted very early – the Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament [by Brown, Driver, and Briggs] states that “baal” means owner or lord – it comes from another Hebrew word that means to possess in marriage – the false god Baal’s very name shows its purpose: ** to rule over, exercise authority, and to have possession ** of others! — but this is not God’s purpose; notice what our Savior said in Matthew 20:25-28: “But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise *dominion over them*, and they that are great exercise *authority upon them*. But ** it shall not be so among you **: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister [Common Ministrant in humility]; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your ** servant **: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but ** to minister **, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

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