Bible Commentary: “One Who Practices Witchcraft”October 31, 2015 at 11:36 am | Posted in Bible Commentary | Leave a comment
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“When you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD, and because of these abominations the LORD your God drives them out from before you. You shall be blameless before the LORD your God. For these nations which you will dispossess listened to soothsayers and diviners; but as for you, the LORD your God has not appointed such for you” (Deuteronomy 18:9-14 NKJV).
God just doesn’t like witchcraft, He says it is an abomination to Him and rightly so because witchcraft tries to do what God does without Him. The Dictionary defines witchcraft as, “The practices or art of witches; sorcery; enchantments. Sorcery is defined as, “the belief in magical spells that harness occult forces or evil spirits to produce unnatural effects in the world” or “Use of supernatural power over others through the assistance of spirits; witchcraft”. We should not be harnessing occult forces or evil spirits to produce unnatural effects we need to dwell in God’s supernatural provision and power and produce His supernatural miracles in the world.
“Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. But he did evil in the sight of the LORD, according to the abominations of the nations whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel. For he rebuilt the high places which Hezekiah his father had broken down; he raised up altars for the Baals, and made wooden images; and he worshiped all the host of heaven and served them. He also built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the LORD had said, “In Jerusalem shall My name be forever.” And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD. Also he caused his sons to pass through the fire in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom; he practiced soothsaying, used witchcraft and sorcery, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke Him to anger” (2 Chronicles 33:1-6 NKJV).
“Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hephzibah. And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, according to the abominations of the nations whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel. For he rebuilt the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; he raised up altars for Baal, and made a wooden image, as Ahab king of Israel had done; and he worshiped all the host of heaven and served them. He also built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the LORD had said, “In Jerusalem I will put My name.” And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD. Also he made his son pass through the fire, practiced soothsaying, used witchcraft, and consulted spiritists and mediums. He did much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke Him to anger” (2 Kings 21:1-6 NKJV).
“But they paid no attention, and Manasseh seduced them to do more evil than the nations whom the LORD had destroyed before the children of Israel” (2 Kings 21:9 NKJV).
“So Manasseh seduced Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to do more evil than the nations whom the LORD had destroyed before the children of Israel” (2 Chronicles 33:9 NKJV).
Child of God – God told the Israelites not to be involved with witchcraft so that they would be blameless. Manasseh did not listen and provoked the Lord to anger. What happened to Manasseh? “Therefore the LORD brought upon them the captains of the army of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh with hooks, bound him with bronze fetters, and carried him off to Babylon” (2 Chronicles 33:11 NKJV). God has given us free will and we can be obedient to His word or not as we choose however, as it is with our natural parents, disobedience brings consequences. Witchcraft is a sin and should be shunned. Reading the horoscopes, having your palm read, celebrating Halloween, calling the fortune-teller number is witchcraft and God will not overlook this. Let us all repent before our Creator and ask for His mercy on our nations.
Lord, forgive us for the multiple times that we have offended you practicing this sin of witchcraft, even thinking that it was harmless and just a game. You take this seriously. Please help me to keep myself clean and away from every evil practice. Help me to be wise and to be aware of the deceitfulness that is in the world today. Amen.
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