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Queen of Heaven

QUEEN OF HEAVEN

Jeremiah 7:18; 44:17-19

Attention has been drawn to this heathen goddess (see >Asherah). We pause here to show how Assyrian cult practices invaded God’s own precincts and by Jeremiah’s time became a flood. Even within the temple area the worship of heavenly bodies—sun, moon, planets and constellations—had been established. Ishtar, the planet Venus, appeared as the queen of heaven, who as morning star was goddess of war and as evening star was goddess of love and harlotry. This supposed queen was worshiped on the housetops of the city, and the whole family in every household was employed in the ritual of her worship—children would gather fuel, fathers would kindle the fires, and the women would knead the dough and make cakes to her honor. How deeply rooted this system of false worship was can be gathered from what the exiled Judeans in Egypt said to the prophet: “When we worshiped the queen of heaven we were prosperous, and when we turned to Jehovah he destroyed our nation, henceforth the good old queen for us!” How explicit is the second commandment, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me”! (Exodus 20:4, 5).

Is there a thing beneath the sun

That strives with Thee my heart to share?

Ah, tear it thence and reign alone,

The Lord of every motion there:

Then shall my heart from earth be free,

When it hath found repose in Thee.