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Did the people of Jeremiah’s time worship a Queen of Heaven?

The children gather wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead the dough and make cakes to offer to the Queen of Heaven. They pour out drink offerings to other gods to arouse my anger. Jeremiah 7:18

          The Queen of Heaven was something Jeremiah mentioned also in chapter 4.  The people burned incense, poured out drink offerings and made cakes with her image in them.  They claimed everything went well as long as they did these things and kept their vows to her.  The women of the time seemed to motivate this worship.

            Greek and Roman gods included male and female.  Most likely during Jeremiah’s time there was a goddess named Astarte, a false idol of sex and fertility.  By giving her the title “Queen of Heaven,” it put her equal to the God of Heaven. 

            Putting any other identity on the same level of God, in terms of holiness and power, insults the true God.  We are guilty of making God accessible, bringing Him down to our level, so we create mini-gods that we can control.