Gems 2015 — February 26 Scripture Selection: Deuteronomy 13-15


Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

February 26 Scripture Selection: Deuteronomy 13-15

Food for Thought: Deut. 13:1-3

In society today, there seems to be a “playful” dabbling in the things of future-tellers, the occult, witchcraft, and the like. People think its harmless fun. They amuse themselves with it for entertainment. Anything that is “entertaining” must be okay, they reason. Others, of course, devote their lives to it as an alternative to serving the One true God. From the beginning, the Lord called these things, regardless of one’s level of participation in them, abominations, things that He intensely loathes, detests, because they are reliant on the very one who rebelled against the Lord whose only intent is to steal, destroy, and kill those God loves (John 10:10). The enemy uses any means to distract people from keeping their eyes on the Lord and their faith in Him alone, and his works always lead to destruction. No wonder the Lord utterly hates any such activity.

Further in Deuteronomy, the Lord gives several specific examples so that there could be no doubt about what would be considered an abomination. In 18:10-12, He warns, “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.” Isaiah 47:12-14 adds astrologers and the like to the list (see also Deut. 17:3, 4). Anything that leads people’s attention away from the Lord is enmity with God, and because we love Him, we should not have anything at all that would offend Him.

People who take lightly such things have no idea of the seriousness of their actions. They are just intrigued by the mystical manifestations and can’t see the harm in it. Their ignorance will eventually lead to their demise, unless the eyes of their understanding are opened before it is too late. Jesus paid such a high price and bore on His body all the effects of the vilest sin and evil, and faced the tormentors on the cross and in hell so that we could be free from all it influence. To disregard all He accomplished as our Savior (I Pet. 2:23-25; Col. 2:14, 15) for a few moments here and there of exposure to such abominations in the name of entertainment is not only a slap in His face, but also detrimental to our spiritual well-being. Isaiah 5:20 says, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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