4185 sorcery and magic

4185 sorcery and magic

The attempt to discover or influence the future by means forbidden by God, including the use of divination, astrology or witchcraft. Such practices are strongly condemned in Scripture.

Examples of magic and sorcery

Magic practices Rev 18:23 Babylon, here, represents the world as the centre of seduction.

Divination Zec 10:2

Spiritism Isa 8:19-20 See also 2Ch 33:6

Astrology 2Ch 33:3-5 pp 2Ki 21:3-5

Examples of those who practised sorcery

Egyptian magicians: Ex 7:11; Ex 8:18 Balaam: Nu 22:6; Nu 23:23
2Ki 21:6 Manasseh, king of Judah; Isa 47:9-13 the Babylonians; Ac 8:9-11 Simon of Samaria; Ac 13:6-8 Bar-Jesus of Cyprus; Ac 19:19 people in Ephesus

All sorcery and magic is strongly forbidden

Dt 18:9-12 See also Lev 19:26,31; Jer 27:9-10; Eze 13:18,20

God is stronger than sorcerers and magicians

Ex 7:11-12; Ex 8:16-19; Isa 44:24-25

God’s judgment comes upon sorcerers and magicians

Lev 20:6; Mic 5:12; Ac 13:6-11; Rev 21:8; Gal 5:19-21

God made participation in occult practices punishable by death Ex 22:18; Lev 20:27

King Saul was judged for occult practices 1Ch 10:13-14

Jesus Christ can deliver from occultism

Ac 16:16-18; Ac 19:18-19; Ro 8:38-39

See also

1025God, anger of
1310God as judge
1409dream
4155divination
4175mediums
4190spiritism
7392lots, casting of
8160seeking God
8709astrology
8829superstition
8846ungodliness
9210judgment, God’s

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