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Series: I Predict
OPEN: Some years back I read the true story of a conversation a traveler had with a farmer in New York State. They got to talking about the weather, and the farmer assured the traveler that he could tell what the weather was going to be - by watching the behavior of his cows.
"When the cows are standing, it means no rain for the next 24 hours. When they're lying down, it means it's going to rain."
The traveler asked, "What does it mean when half the herd is standing and the rest are lying down?"
The farmer smiled and replied, "That means that half of them are wrong!"
APPLY: Predicting the weather... and predicting the future is as old as mankind. People have used everything from tea leaves to ouija boards, horoscopes, to talking to the dead to try to find out what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next year... etc.
ILLUS: I recently read on MSN.com that a famous psychic to the stars named Nikki was going to reveal her predictions of what was in store for people like Alec Baldwin, Lindsay Lohan, David Letterman, Angelina Jolie and others.
Now for many people, this is exciting news. To be able to learn about the rich and famous is intriguing reading. And, if that psychic's predictions are 70 to 80% accurate - they are considered worth listening to.
But in Old Testament such a psychic would never live to see her own future. Any psychics, channeler, or those engaged in leading a séance would have been stoned to death. God hated such practices. In fact, He even hated things like ouija boards, horoscopes and reading tea leaves.
God basically told His people If I want you to know the future... I'll tell you about it." And God often used prophets to do just that. Prophets of God communicated the future to His people.
But even then, IF a prophet got less than 100% of prophecies correct they were put to death. Deuteronomy 18:20-22 tells us "But ...
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