Saturday, August 14, 2010

Dangerous Mind


לֹא-יִמָּצֵא בְךָ, מַעֲבִיר בְּנוֹ-וּבִתּוֹ בָּאֵשׁ, קֹסֵם קְסָמִים, מְעוֹנֵן וּמְנַחֵשׁ וּמְכַשֵּׁף.
There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, one that useth divination, a soothsayer, or an enchanter, or a sorcerer,

וְחֹבֵר, חָבֶר; וְשֹׁאֵל אוֹב וְיִדְּעֹנִי, וְדֹרֵשׁ אֶל-הַמֵּתִים.
or a charmer, or one that consulteth a ghost or a familiar spirit, or a necromancer.

כִּי-תוֹעֲבַת יְהוָה, כָּל-עֹשֵׂה אֵלֶּה
For whosoever doeth these things is an abomination unto the LORD

אַךְ הַנָּבִיא אֲשֶׁר יָזִיד לְדַבֵּר דָּבָר בִּשְׁמִי, אֵת אֲשֶׁר לֹא-צִוִּיתִיו לְדַבֵּר, וַאֲשֶׁר יְדַבֵּר, בְּשֵׁם אֱלֹהִים אֲחֵרִים--וּמֵת, הַנָּבִיא הַהוּא.
But the prophet, that shall speak a word presumptuously in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.'

Devarim 18:10-12, 20

Is that a code?

Or does the LORD's really have a problem with these things? What could the LORD be hiding that He doesn't want someone unauthorized by Him to find out and potentially divulge to the Israelites? Perhaps the LORD fears the spin which could be be put to the information divined by a dangerous mind.

As for me ...
I will not go down under the ground
"Cause somebody tells me that death's comin' 'round ...
[Bob Dylan, Let Me Die In My Footsteps]

There is no victim here. Nor am I "already dead."

An' I will not carry myself down to die
When I go to my grave my head will be high

It's my life, it's now or never
I ain't gonna to live forever,
And I just wanna live while I'm alive

[Bon Jovi, It's My Life]