Divine Code for September 22, 2022
Today: Page 190
Topic 11:1 -- 11:2
In the Netherlands, we have the expression "koffiedik kijken". It means to predict the future by looking at the coffee bean residue. This practice is not/barely done, but the expression is widely used. It falls under tasseography. Which is forbidden to Noahide, which brings me to today's topic. Forbidden customs of Idol Worshipers.
Although Noahides are not explicitly warned against it, it is forbidden to engage in the activities of people who are engaged in the service of Moloh - people who put their child through the fire - with a soothsayer, a 'deceitful illusionist', a fortune teller, a sorcerer, a conjurer, someone who asks for 'Ov' or 'Yidoni', or a necromancer, for these are abominations to G-d.
The Rambam writes about this:
"All of the above are falsities and lies with which the original idolaters deceived the gentile peoples into leading them after them. It is not befitting for the Jews [ and thus not for a Noachide ] ... to allow themselves to be drawn into such a void, nor to think that they have any value".
On the other hand, we do see in Tenach that Pharaoh's magicians also possessed certain powers and strengths to perform miracles. The Ramban explains that there are people who can use spiritual powers. However, G-d created nature along with its laws, and it is His will that the world follow these laws and work within them. Therefore, if someone undermines the system of nature by using this supernatural world, he goes against G-d's will.
Once you realise that there is a spiritual power that influences this world and start using it, there is a danger that you will start thinking that there is a separate power and energy, independent of G-d, through which the world can be manipulated. This is idolatry.
When you receive advice from these people, you should not follow it.
Reading schedule the Divine Code
Yesterday: Topic 10:4 - 10:10
Tomorrow: Topic 11:3 - 11:6
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Angelique Sijbolts is one of the main writers for the Noahide Academy. She has been an observant Noahide for many years. She studies Torah with Rabbi Perets every week. Angelique invests much of her time in editing video-lectures for the Rabbis of the Academy and contributes in administrating the Academy's website in English and Dutch. She lives in the north of the Netherlands. Married and mother of two sons. She works as a teacher in a school with students with special needs. And is a Hebrew Teacher for the levels beginners and intermediate. She likes to walk, to read and play the piano.
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