Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Counsel from Staff and Stock

My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them:... Hosea 4:12

In this verse, we can hear the Lord's lament that the people of Israel had rejected Him and his word and were asking counsel of their stocks and staffs. They were doing this instead of looking to Him for answers to their problems.

“The pagan people had mythical customs which the Israelites were mimicking. Sometimes they would take two sticks and drop them. Then a 'wise' person would look at how the sticks landed and make an interpretation. This 'reading of the sticks' was supposed to give answers to a question asked. Another custom was to have two sticks in a container. One stick would have a 'yes' answer engraved on it. The other stick would have a 'no' answer engraved on it. A person would reach in and pull a stick out. Whichever one came out was the answer to the question. Another custom was to take a stick and shave all the bark off one side. This stick would then be dropped. Whichever side was facing up gave the answer. If it was the shaved side, it was a 'yes.' If it was the side with bark, it was a 'no.'

There are many today who do similar things. They will look at crystals for answers. Some will look at leaves in a bowl. Some will look at cards being turned over. Some will look at skin creases in their palms. Some will look at the stars. Some will simply look to a fortune teller.”

We will always be blessed when we look to his word for the answers to our problems. It contains the answers to make each of us the person God knows we can be: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). And Heavenly Father rejoices when we pray to Him. He is always ready and willing to help us and give us comfort.

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