Day 23: Deuteronomy 13:1-4

 

For a reminder of what I’m doing this month, read this post.

Deuteronomy 13:1-4

“If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer
of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder,
and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which
he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other
gods’—which you have not known—‘and let us serve
them,’ you shall not listen to the words of that
prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the LORD
your God is testing you to know whether you love
the LORD your God with all your heart and with all
your soul.

You shall walk after the LORD your God and fear
Him, and keep His commandments and obey His
voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him.”

At first, I almost wanted to go shop for another verse, but after reading the verses more thoroughly, I have decided to give it a go.

Old Testament verses can be tricky at times because many of them applied more to Israel and many of the laws and such do not have to be followed by us now because of what Jesus did for us. However, this is highly applicable today. The easiest area I can apply this to is in the use of tarot cards, psychics, Ouija boards, horoscopes, etc. and also to prophecy within the church. It is very important that we test such prophecies against scripture to be sure of no contradictions. There are times when a horoscope or psychic’s predictions may very well seem spot on for us, but they are not Godly and do not adhere to the Bible. They may not serve another god by name (I.e. Buddha), but they do serve a false god – the god of self. What are the common questions asked of psychics and Ouija boards? “What will I _____? What should I ______?” The ultimate goal is to make our lives better by knowing what job we ought to have, what car we should buy, who we should marry, etc. These are questions we should be presenting to God when we need answers.

As for prophecy within the church, we must test these against scripture and also question the motive behind the prophecy. According to this scripture, whether these things come true or not, if they point to another god or idol (be it a figure or simply money, fame, wealth, etc), they are not of God.

The final verse is simply good advice for anyone seeking to follow Christ – follow Him, fear Him, keep His commandments, obey Him, serve Him, hold fast to Him. I particularly like the last part – hold fast to Him. If we hold fast to God each moment of each day, we have a much better chance of following all these other commandments. We will naturally desire to obey God if we love Him with all our heart.

This verse comes from VOTD.

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