During my current read of the Bible I came across these verses.
There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God, for these nations, which you are about to dispossess, listen to fortune-tellers and to diviners. But as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do this.
Now the first part of verse 10, “anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering”, that’s something we all can agree on, it’s not OK to sacrifice your kids.
What I wanted to write about today was the second half of verse 10 and verses 11 through 12:
… anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord.
Why does God, via Moses tell us this?
Does God fear that these psychics and fortune tellers possess powers that we should not be playing with? Does God perceive these people as a threat?
I wrote about man made images in Evil Lies In The Heart, and how God condemns and commands we do not make images to worship, not because of some power they may possess, but because they possess no power, and to worship them is folly and vanity.
God, through Moses, is telling us the same thing about diviners of spirits and those who claim to talk to the dead. God, through Moses, is warning how these people will prey on our frailties.
The only thing that gives man made object any power is what is in our minds. The only thing that gives these carny hucksters any power is what power we decide to give them in our minds.
God tells the Israelites in verse 14, the nations you are about to dispossess, these fools have given their power to the fortune tellers, the ancient carnival sideshow operators. They have no relationship with God and have filled the void with vanity. They have lost their strength.
God tells the Israelites at the end of verse 14, because the Israelites have not fallen prey to these charlatans, they have remained strong in themselves and God, not in some vain practice of man.
Later in Chapter 18 of Deuteronomy God warns those who may think, “Well maybe this psychic racket isn’t a bad gig”.
But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.
God is really just trying to save us from ourselves, our vanity.
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