Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 5, 2014

“detestable”: and yet, how often we try to get closer to these things so we can satisfy our curiosity or other sinful desire!

Today’s devotion comes from Deuteronomy 18:9-14.

“9 “When you enter the land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.  12 For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord;  and because of these detestable things the Lord your God will drive them out before you.  13 You shall be blameless before the Lord your God.  14 For those nations, which you shall dispossess, listen to those who practice witchcraft and to diviners, but as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do so.”   Deuteronomy 18:9-14.

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Detestable is defined as “arousing or meriting intense dislike :  abominable”  by Merriam-Webster online dictionary.  We see that word used three times in today’s Scripture to describe these witchcraft, sorcery, divination, omen, medium, and other spiritists’ practices.

And yet, how often we try to get closer to these things so we can satisfy our curiosity or other sinful desire! 

We think of ways to justify it.  We are only reading about these things.  It is an academic exercise.  It is only a cartoon or other animation.  We are rooting for the good witch, not the bad witch.  Everyone’s practices enrich our lives.  Spiritism of any kind is good.

But, today’s Scripture makes it crystal clear that these things are detestable and that God will punish those who do these things.  “For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord;  and because of these detestable things the Lord your God will drive them out before you.”  Verse 12.

We should not get close to these detestable things.  We should try hard to entirely avoid them.  Don’t read their books.  Don’t watch their TV and movies.  Don’t gaze into the crystal ball.  Don’t listen to a fortune teller or someone who is casting a spell.  Don’t get your palm read.  Don’t even play the “Ouija” board or their other games.

And just because we may have done so at one time, it doesn’t mean that we should continue to do so.  It is hard to avoid these things in today’s age and prevalence of these things.  But, through God’s grace, including forgiveness and help avoiding these detestable things, “You shall be blameless before the Lord your God.”  Verse 13.

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