Witches & Prophets

Biblically speaking, the topics of witchcraft, sorcery, and divination in general are not hard to come across.
Deuteronomy 18:10-14 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. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God. For these nations which you will dispossess listened to soothsayers and diviners; but as for you, the Lord your God has not appointed such for you. (NKJV)
And as can be seen in these passages, the God of Israel condemns those who practice witchcraft for doing the same kind of thing his own prophets do. In the Hebrew, "witchcraft" here has to do with one divining (קֹסֵם). That is what Yahweh's prophets do. Notice in Ezekiel 13:6, "They have envisioned futility and false divination." False divination? What would true divination be? The end of the passage says "they hope that the word may be confirmed." So, if the foretelling comes to pass, it is true divination?
Micah 3:6-7 Wherefore night shall be for you, without a vision, and it will be dark for you, without divination; the sun will set on the prophets, and the day will be somber over them. The vision seers will be ashamed, and the diviners will be abashed, and all of them will muffle over the upper lip, for there is no answer from Elohim. (CLV)
Here, the divination is in the context of "a vision," and the diviners are in the context of "vision seers" (prophets, Numbers 12:6). So, Yahweh condemns those who do certain kinds of divination ("false divination"), and not divination as a whole. Really, the Bible teaches divination both in a good light (e.g. Proverbs 16:10; Genesis 44:5, 15), as well as in a bad light (e.g. Deuteronomy 18:10). This fits what is known as "warring perspectives." Basically, the Bible being a compilation of differing scrolls/writings published as one book (e.g. Dead Sea Scrolls), coming across opposing teachings should be no surprise. In Exodus 32:4-5, Aaron (the Hebrew) identifies the golden calf as Yahweh, the God of Israel, and yet Moses (the Hebrew) is in direct opposition to this view, as a Hebrew. Thus, this appears to be the case with divination in the Bible—it is for it, and against it! For more on this topic, also see True Divination.

Furthermore, notice also how mediums are placed in the witchcraft context above. 1 Samuel 28, in a necromantical scene of "the dark arts," the dead (Samuel) is called up from the ground by the medium. The context is that he was "buried" (1 Sam 28:3), and ascends out of the ground, living and speaking (1 Sam 28:8, 11, 13, 15). This is what Jesus does in the Gospels. He calls the dead bodies up.
John 11:43-44 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.” (NKJV)
The concept is condemned as an abomination in Deuteornomy 18:11-12. Really, the reason God condemns king Saul is because "he consulted a medium for guidance" (1 Chronicles 10:13), and yet it worked (1 Samuel 28). Basically, "witches" are condemned in the Bible (Exodus 22:18), and the context is that they are an alternative to Yahweh (one that works at that). Basically, like some kind of competition (similar to the magicians and Moses, e.g. Exodus 7:11). Witchcraft is condemned as worship of other gods is condemned. It is basically condemnation of an alternative, not a practice that is completely distinct from Yahweh's teachings.


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