Isaiah 8: 19-20. “And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”
I saw an ad on TV the other day. It was promoting a service that links you with a psychic who will give you advice over the phone–for a fee. The ad made it seem as if the advice was always helpful. One lady said her psychic saved her life.
That’s very tempting for people who are seeking answers and who have no recourse to the Lord, or to His Word.
One of the things some psychics do is to ‘get in touch with the spirit world.’ Those who have died somehow seem imbued with wisdom they didn’t have when they were alive.
This kind of thing existed in Isaiah’s day, as well as ours. It is not new. I love the word picture of “wizards who peep and mutter.” Another word for peep is whisper. They seem to be doing magical things.
The people who were living in dread of the invasion that was looming must have been inclined to seek out these wizards and fortune tellers. They wanted to consult the dead to help them know what to do. Again, they turned their backs on the loving God Who could protect them. Instead, they turned to those who did not speak according to scripture. There was no light, no knowledge or understanding in those people.