Friday, August 05, 2005

Deuteronomy 18:9-14 p1

part 2: An Overview of Deuteronomy
part 3: The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a prophet
part 4: The Priest and the Prophet
part 5: Out of Egypt Have I called My Son
part 6: The Spiritual Condition
part 7: MOLECH (1 of 2)
part 8: MOLECH (2 of 2)
part 9: Molech Worship and Blood Eating
part 10: Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me
part 11: Woe Unto Them! For They Have Gone In The Way of Cain (6 parts)
part 12: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart

The Basics
This series examines Idolatry and Witchcraft

Deuteronomy 18:9-14 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that:

1. Maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire

Molech = "king" also called Malcham Moloch Milcom The name of the national god of the Ammonites and Phoenicians, to whom children were sacrificed by fire. He was the consuming and destroying and also at the same time the purifying fire, to whom some Israelites sacrificed their infants in the valley of Hinnom. This god became Chemosh among the Moabites. Solomon erected a high place for this idol on the Mount of Olives, and from that time till the days of Josiah his worship continued.

Hinnom A valley west and southwest of Jerusalem. Known also as "Hill of Evil Counsel."

It came to signify Hell as the place of the wicked. "It might be shown by infinite examples that the Jews expressed hell, or the place of the damned, by this word. The word Gehenna [the Greek contraction of Hinnom] was never used in the time of Christ in any other sense than to denote the place of future punishment. . (Matthew 5:29; 10:28; 23:15; Mark 9:43; Luke 12:5)

2. That useth divination (Soothsayer, Sorcery) Witchcraft of the nations, of false prophets, prohibited. Balaam. Mentioned in Acts 16:16.

New Testament Greek Lexicon: (puvqwn)

From Putho (the name of the region where Delphi, the seat of the famous oracle, was located) in Greek mythology the name of the Pythian serpent (or dragon) that dwelt in the region of Pytho at the foot of Parnassus in Phocis, and was said to have guarded the oracle at Delphi and been slain by Apollo, a spirit of divination.

3. An observer of times (Astrologer) An enchanter, one who professes to divine future events by the appearance of the stars. This science flourished among the Chaldeans.

4. An enchanter To practice divination by observing signs, learn by experience, diligently observe, practice fortunetelling, take as an omen.

5. A witch
The masculine form of the word, meaning "enchanter."

6. A charmer
Means a dealer in spells, especially one who, by binding certain knots, was supposed thereby to bind a curse or a blessing on its object.

7. A consulter with familiar spirits
Sorcerers or necormancers, who professed to call up the dead to answer questions, were said to have a "familiar spirit" Such a person was called by the Hebrews an 'ob , which properly means a leathern bottle; for sorcerers were regarded as vessels containing the inspiring demon. This Hebrew word was equivalent to the pytho of the Greeks, and was used to denote both the person and the spirit which possessed him.

The word "familiar" is from the Latin familiaris, meaning a "household servant," and was intended to express the idea that sorcerers had spirits as their servants ready to obey their commands.

8. A wizard
A pretender to supernatural knowledge and power, "a knowing one," as the original Hebrew word signifies. Such an one was forbidden on pain of death to practise his deceptions.

9. A necromancer "One who interrogates the dead," as the word literally means, with the view of discovering the secrets of futurity.

9-14. thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those Canaan, especially the Philistines, were a constant snare and stumbling block to the Israelites, on account of their divinations and superstitious practices.
15-19. The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a prophet--The insertion of this promise, in connection with the preceding prohibition, might warrant the application (which some make of it) to that order of true prophets whom God commissioned in unbroken succession to instruct, to direct, and warn His people; and in this view the purport of it is, "There is no need to consult with diviners and soothsayers, as I shall afford you the benefit of divinely appointed prophets, for judging of whose credentials a sure criterion is given" (Deuteronomy 18:20-22). But the prophet here promised was pre-eminently the Messiah, for He alone was "like unto Moses" "in His mediatorial character; in the peculiar excellence of His ministry; in the number, variety, and magnitude of His miracles; in His close and familiar communion with God; and in His being the author of a new dispensation of religion." This prediction was fulfilled fifteen hundred years afterwards and was expressly applied to Jesus Christ by Peter (Acts 3:22,23), and by Stephen (Acts 7:37).

19. whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him--The direful consequences of unbelief in Christ, and disregard of His mission, the Jewish people have been experiencing during eighteen hundred years.

Jamieson, Fausset, Brown Commentary

Acts 3:24-26

Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days. Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.

The Covenant

  • Christ, the substance of
    Isaiah 42:6; 49:8
  • Christ, the Mediator of
    Hebrews 8:6; 9:15; 12:24
  • Christ, the Messenger of
    Malachi 3:1
    Genesis 15:7-18; 17:2-14; Luke 1:72-75; Acts 3:25; Galatians 3:16
    Genesis 17:19,21; 26:3,4
    Genesis 28:13,14; 1 Chronicles 16:16,17
    Exodus 6:4; Acts 3:25
    2 Samuel 23:5; Psalms 89:3,4
  • Renewed under the gospel
    Jeremiah 31:31-33; Romans 11:27; Hebrews 8:8-10,13
  • Fulfilled in Christ
    Luke 1:68-79
  • Confirmed in Christ
    Galatians 3:17
  • Ratified by the blood of Christ
    Hebrews 9:11-14,16-23
  • Is a covenant of peace
    Isaiah 54:9,10; Ezekiel 34:25; 37:26
  • Is unalterable
    Psalms 89:34; Isaiah 54:10; 59:21; Galatians 3:17
  • Is everlasting
    Psalms 111:9; Isaiah 55:3; 61:8; Ezekiel 16:60-63; Hebrews 13:20
  • All saints interested in
    Psalms 25:14; 89:29-37; Hebrews 8:10
  • The wicked have no interest in
    Ephesians 2:12
  • Blessings connected with
    Isaiah 56:4-7; Hebrews 8:10-12
  • God is faithful to
    Deuteronomy 7:9; 1 Kings 8:23; Nehemiah 1:5; Daniel 9:4
  • God is ever mindful of
    Psalms 105:8; 111:5; Luke 1:72
  • Be mindful of
    1 Chronicles 16:15
  • Caution against forgetting
    Deuteronomy 4:23
  • Plead, in prayer
    Psalms 74:20; Jeremiah 14:21
  • Punishment for despising
    Hebrews 10:29,30
The words of Stephen, the first Martyr (Acts 7:51-60)
Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.

Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:

Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.

When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

Copyright Wendell Leahy
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