Deuteronomy 18: True and False Prophets

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 75

The Canaanite people held many superstitions. Such superstitions often attract people because these practices seldom require any standard of conduct and often promise results such as worldly success or healing by “magic” without any effort on the part of the individual. Deuteronomy 18 tells how Moses warned the Israelites not to follow any of these practices. Moses also counseled them that the true source of guidance is the true and living God who speaks through His prophets—not through an idol or performer of the magical or mystical arts. He told the people how they could discern a true prophet.