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A Walk on the Dark Side (6 of 7)
Series: The Boy Prophet
I Samuel 28:3-25
OPEN: A woman went to the local psychic in hopes of contacting her dearly departed grandmother. The psychic's eyelids began to fluttering and she began to moan and eventually, a voice came, saying, ''Granddaughter? Are you there?''
The granddaughter, wide-eyed responded, ''Grandma? Is that you?''
''Yes granddaughter, it's me.''
''It's really you, Grandma?'' the woman repeats.
''Yes, it's really me, granddaughter.''
The woman pauses a moment, ''Grandma, I have just one question for you.''
''Anything, my child.''
''When did you learn to speak English?''
APPLY: Here in I Samuel 28 we have the unusual story of King Saul consulting a psychic. And what's so unusual about it is that - not too long before consulting her - he had decreed that all those who practiced divination should be put to death. In making that decree, King Saul had merely followed the command of God which declared:
''A man or woman who is a medium or Spiritist among you must be put to death. You are to stone them; their blood will be on their own heads.'' Leviticus 20:27
You see - God has always hated the occult.
Over and over again, God condemns the practices of…
- fortune-telling (trying to tell the future by palm reading, horoscopes, etc)
- divination (appealing to the spirit world by Ouija boards, tea leaves and the like)
- and consulting the dead (séances and visiting mediums or ''channelers'')
In Deuteronomy 18:10-12 God declares:
''Let no one be found among you who… practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you.''
And in Leviticus 20:6 God declared
''I will set my face against the person who turns to mediums and spiritist ...
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