Old Gods of Idolatry (Sin of Witchcraft)
Witchcraft is all about power. When Israel demanded the law and later a king, they introduced performance and reward, which triggered politics, the surge for all kinds of power. This opened the arena for all kinds of principalities and powers, which define our battlefield, as children of God, To bind the spirit of witchcraft continuously, should be my first and last breath, daily. Please keep up the good work God has called you to do, Bless you, JW.
Thank you for your insight. I am studying in Genesis right now and going over chapter 6. Flat out rebellion going on on earth.
I was reminded that rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. Either way, what you said was helpful. Thank you for this explanation. We need to study John Bevere. Chapter 7 is Bewitch which we need to do internalization and application and for this explanation, I already got my explanation. Thank you so much. Like Like.
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What a professor you are in simplifying this verse. May the holy spirit continue to increase your wisdom. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Darby Bible Translation For rebellion is [as] the sin of divination, And selfwill is [as] iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of Jehovah, He hath also rejected thee from being king. English Revised Version For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as idolatry and teraphim.
Webster's Bible Translation For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. World English Bible For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as idolatry and teraphim. Because you have rejected the word of Yahweh, he has also rejected you from being king.
Acts After removing Saul, He raised up David as their king and testified about him: 'I have found David son of Jesse a man after My own heart; he will carry out My will in its entirety. Genesis Now Rachel had taken Laban's household idols, put them in the saddlebag of her camel, and was sitting on them. And Laban searched everything in the tent but found nothing. Deuteronomy Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, practices divination or conjury, interprets omens, practices sorcery, 1 Samuel But now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought a man after His own heart and appointed him ruler over His people, because you have not kept the command of the LORD.
Fill your horn with oil and go. I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem, for I have selected from his sons a king for Myself. And Saul had removed the mediums and spiritists from the land. You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife as your own, for you have slain him with the sword of the Ammonites. See how each of you was following the stubbornness of his evil heart, instead of obeying Me.
Hosea For the Israelites must live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar, and without ephod or idol. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. One of the idols that historically has separated humans from God and that has been a source of spiritual shipwreck for some has been Money. Important, critical, the source of great benefits and also a potential source of great troubles -- if it becomes an idol.
The Apostle Paul warns against the destructive power of money idolatry. The human obsession for money, according to the Bible, will be especially prevalent in the last days:. Some have been blessed with much wealth and use that blessing to give to others, and thus they become co-workers with God and God blesses them so that they will give more. But making money can become addictive. Some people have a knack for making money, and they become very successful, and thus Satan finds their weak spot.
In fact their success could be a satanic ploy to get them addicted, so that they become so consumed by financial success that they spend their time finding new ways to make money and spending time administering that money, at the expense of their spiritual life. In one great religion, the rich have found a way to deal with this problem: they have a group within their religion that is employed by the rich to study and pray "on their behalf. We of course know that we cannot do that.
We cannot use mediators. We cannot pay someone to work our salvation for us. Some through the years have made money their idol, though the returns were few. These are idol seekers. They strive in every way to make lots of money, but in vain. In so doing they leave God behind and their salvation, and in the end they end up having neither. How, therefore, can we know if money is an idol?
Do we spend so much time making and administering it that we have not time for God? Are we obsessed with it? Is that what goes through our minds always? Are we so obsessed with it that in reality we are trying to create our own Kingdom on earth, now, by dreaming about big homes, property, wealth? Do we resent having to pray and study the Bible, because it is time taken away from work and from making money. Do we resent the Sabbath rest and do we want it to end fast so as to get back to making money.
Do we share as little as possible with others. Do we give as little as possible to the work of Jesus Christ and resenting having to give. Do we abstain from giving tithes, or do we resent having to give tithes and resent having to give offerings? These are signs to watch out for in this first form of idolatry. Another form of idolatry is entertainment. We all need a diversion. We all need to stop at times and be refreshed.
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Most of us at times enjoy getting in front of the tube and simply surf. Sometimes that is our entertainment: surfing. For some people entertainment becomes their life. Some of our elderly find themselves watching a lot of TV, especially during long winter months. After my father died, my mom used to tell me that TV is what kept her sane. Entertainment is not a problem. The kind of entertainment and how it is used can be a problem.
If we are addicted to violent movies, that is a problem. If we are addicted to sexual movies, that is a problem. If we neglect studying our Bible because we are busy watching TV, that is a problem. The books we read can be a problem too. Are we heavy into romance novels? What is the real reason? I remember a lady who devoured romance novels. It was an obsession. That can become a problem, not only if it is becomes a need, but especially if we are attracted to pornographic kind of novels.
Some of us use the computers for altruistic reasons, others use them for selfish reasons. Christian ministers have been warning people for years that computers and specifically the Internet can become a bottomless pit of addiction and self-destruction. Are we heeding the warning? Travel is a form of idolatry for some.
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Travel is exciting, stimulating, some time refreshing. Travel, though can be very addictive—and travel agents and the travel industry know that very well. How do we know that that travel has become a problem? Do we get ourselves in large debts so as to see a new country? Do we compromise with our tithes and offerings so as to travel? Do we ignore saving for a rainy day, as long as we travel. Some of us have to work hard to tackle all our financial obligations. Some of us have both a full-time and a part-time job so as to tackle our financial obligations. Some simply love to work. Some simply love to accomplish.
We know that some people are workaholics work addicts. How do we know that work has become an idol?
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We hate going home. We hate leisure. We hate social time. We love to accomplish. Our family gets set aside and both the wife and children are often neglected. This can be true of successful women who neglect the husband and the children as well. How do we know if work has become a spiritual problem? Little or no time for prayer and Bible study. Resenting the Sabbath for forcing us to stop. Longing to get back to work.