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No Imitations

Deuteronomy 18:9-14

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“When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, be very careful not to imitate the detestable customs of the nations living there. For example, never sacrifice your son or daughter as a burnt offering. And do not let your people practice fortune-telling, or use sorcery, or interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD. It is because the other nations have done these detestable things that the LORD your God will drive them out ahead of you. But you must be blameless before the LORD your God. The nations you are about to displace consult sorcerers and fortune-tellers, but the LORD your God forbids you to do such things.” (Deuteronomy 18:9-14)

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Child sacrifice and occult practices were strictly forbidden by God. These practices were common among pagan religions. Israel’s own neighbors actually sacrificed their children to the god Molech (Leviticus 20:2-5).


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EASD

Text: “But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper-tree: and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, It is enough; now, O Jehovah, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers” (I Kings 19:4).

Jezebel was making Elijah’s life miserable. The prophet of God was feeling “down.” Elijah was feeling so low that he wanted to die.There are many people who have reached a low point in their lives. Likewise, there are many types of feelings that bring on, and accompany, these low points.


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Insight – Value In Hand

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matt. 16:26).

We watched in amazement as Joshua Bell, the fantastic violinist, played. We were even more amazed when we learned that he was playing on a 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin for which he paid four million dollars. Wow! What a value in his hands!


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