Witches - Wizards and more
Written by Jay Yeager
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:10

Witches – Wizards and more 

False worship

Astrology, “a pseudoscience claiming that the moon, sun, and stars affect human affairs and can be used to foretell the future” (Webster’s New World Dictionary).


1.      The worship of the host of heaven is a false worship.

a.       God warns against the worship of the host of heaven. “And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the Lord thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven” (Deuteronomy 4:19).


b.      The seriousness “If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the Lord thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the Lord thy God, in transgressing his covenant, and hath gone and served other gods, and  worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded; and it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and inquired diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel: Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto the gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die. At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death. The hands of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So thou shalt put the evil away from among you” (Deuteronomy 17:2-7).


1.      To worship the sun, moon and stars is a transgression of what? __________

2.      What was the punishment for worshipping the host of heaven? _____________________________________________________________

3.      How many witnesses were required to put one to death? ______________________________________________________________

4.      Who was to cast the first stone? _____________________________________


c.       The foolishness of worshipping the host of heaven. “Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee” (Isaiah 47:13). Could looking, or worshipping the host of heaven save them from anything? _______________________________________________________________


Other verses: (Deuteronomy 18:10-11; II Kings 21:6; II Chronicles 33:6; Jeremiah 8:1-3 see Jeremiah 16:4-6; 19:13; Daniel 1:20; 2:2; Zephaniah 1:4-6; II Kings 23:4-5; Acts 7:42-43).



Divination (soothsaying) those who claim to be able to foretell the future.

2.      A diviner’s lie – no Babylonian captivity. “Therefore hearken not ye to your prophets, nor to your diviners, nor to your dreamers, nor to your enchanters, nor to your sorcerers, which speak unto you, saying, ye shall not serve the king of Babylon” (Jeremiah 27:9).


           What were the deceivers saying? ___________________________________

           Was it true (Jeremiah 25:11; 29:10)? ________________________________


a.       The lie exposed “They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, the Lord saith: and the Lord hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word. Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken a lying divination, whereas ye say, the Lord saith it; albeit I have not spoken? Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold I am against you, saith the Lord God. And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the Lord God” (Ezekiel 13:6-9).


b.      God can and does frustrate liars “Thus saith the Lord, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the Lord that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself; that frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish;” (Isaiah 44:24-25).


c.       A diviner who spoke the truth. “And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: the same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, these men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. And this did she many days, but, Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour” (Acts 16:16-18).


1.      Was the damsel speaking the truth? _____________________

2.      How long did she follow the missionaries? ___________________

3.      Why was Paul grieved? __________________________________

May I submit to you, that it was not what she was saying, but rather, who was saying it.

4.      Whose responsibility is it to make known the manifold wisdom of God (Ephesians 3:10-11)? ________________________________


Other verses: Deuteronomy 18:10-14; Numbers 22:9; II Kings 17:17; Jeremiah 14:14; 29:8-9; Ezekiel 12:24; 22:29; I Samuel 6:2; 15:23; Zech 10:2).


Necromancer – one who claims to communicate with the dead.

3.      The clear condemnation. “There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer” (Deuteronomy 18:10-11 see also II Kings 23:10).


a.       The folly of listening to advise that would lead one to seek out evil workers: “And when they shall say unto you, seek unto them that have familiar spirits and unto wizards that chirp, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? On behalf of the living should they seek unto the dead? The source of truth. “To the Law and to the testimony! If they speak not according to this word, surely there is no morning in them” (Isaiah 8:19-20) {American Standard Version 1901}.


b.      God forbids any type of association with wizards and such like. “Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God” (Leviticus 19:31).


c.       Saul knew that God forbade such association and went to the witch of Endor anyway (I Samuel 28:7-12).

1.      The consequences of his actions? Here is the answer, “So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the Lord, even against the word of the Lord, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that has a familiar spirit, to inquire of it; and inquired not of the Lord: therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse” (I Chronicles 10:13-14).


False teachers Witches and wizards – Sorcery or witchcraft

4.      The warning. “And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people” (Leviticus 20:6).


a.       “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live” (Exodus 22:18). What were they to do with witches? _______________________________________________


b.      “A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them” (Leviticus 20:27). What were they to do with wizards? ____________________________________________________________


c.       “And it came to pass, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, Is it peace, Jehu? And he answered, what peace, so long as the whoredoms of thy mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts are so many?” (II Kings 9:22).


1.      What was Jezebel guilty of? _____________________________


d.      “And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit. And with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger” (II Chronicles 33:6).


1.      What was Manasseh guilty of? ______________________________


e.       What two sorcerers are mentioned in the New Testament

1.      Acts 8:9-13 _________________________________

2.      Acts 13:6-11 _________________________________


Other verses: (Leviticus 19:31; 20:6; Deuteronomy 18:10-11; II Kings 21:6; 23:24-25; Isaiah 19:3; Exodus 7:11-12; 22:18; Nahum 3:4; Galatians 5:20; Revelation 9:20-21; 18:23; 21:8; 22:15)