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Casting Lots to Determine the Will of God for a Particular Situation — Can it Still be Used under the New Testament Covenant?  

Renette Vermeulen

 

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WHY DID THEY CAST LOTS TO DECIDE JONAH'S FATE ON THE SHIP? CAN WE STILL CAST LOTS TO MAKE DECISIONS TODAY? WHAT HAPPENED TO THE POWER OF THE OLD PROPHETS? (Jonah 1:7.)

In Acts 1:26, to choose an apostle in the place of Judas who betrayed Jesus, the disciples “cast their lots [after they prayed,] and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.” 

However, in Acts Chapter Two, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to indwell His sincere believers for the first time until the end of this world.  He only ‘came upon’ the Old Israelites during the Old Testament covenant but never indwelt them because Jesus’ atonement wasn’t done yet, as after the cross and Pentecost, (Mt. 28:18-20.)  And so, after Acts 1:26 when the chose Matthias, we do not read anywhere in the New Testament about casting lots to determine God’s will for a situation. 

Casting lots was practiced in paganism since ancient times and was taken up into the Old Testament Covenant, before Jesus atoned on the cross for all of those who would personally accept and follow Him, (Jn. 1:12-13: 3:16-17.) When the people of Old Israel were faced with a difficult decision they cast lots, because they did not have the indwelling Holy Spirit to "lead them into all truth" like we do now under Jesus' New Testament Covenant. Jesus promised that the indwelling Holy Spirit will convict us of sin and also 'make known' to us important things about the future, (Jn. 16:8-14.)  In this regard, the following Old Testament promise of God still stands for New Testament believers.  He said in Jeremiah 33:3, “Call on Me and I will answer you, and reveal to you [important] great and mighty things, which you do not know [so that you can prepare to face those things in My wisdom, leading, will, and power.]” 

· Every secret and future event is known by God and He Alone can make known what we need to know.  Thus, we do not need to consult spiritists, mediums, and others who work with evil forces.  God forbade all such demonic practices in Deuteronomy 13:1-18, as that amounts to idolatry and witchcraft against God, (1 Sam. 15:22-23.)  What’s more, evil prophesies and lot determinations can also work in the favor of evil people to ensnare true believers and to bring them under the power of Satan and the control of his disciples, (Deut. 13:1-4.)

Under Jesus New Covenant for personally born again believers, the Holy Spirit also gave His gifts such as  prophecy, "a word of knowledge, and a word of wisdom," to guide them in His Truth, (1 Cor. 12:8.)  They also have His abiding “anointing,” which is always inside every sincere believer in Christ “to know all things,” as the Spirit is Jesus Himself: The Word, The Truth, The Light, The Way, and The Life, (1 Jn. 2:20,27; Jn. 1:1-3; 14:6.) 

Because He Is the Spirit of Truth, Who steadfastly indwells all true believers as His living temple, He constantly “leads them into all truth" where the full context of their situations and His Word, the Bible, are concerned - if they ask Him to do that, and if they follow or obey Him when He “goes before them.” He also speaks into their human spirits to give them wisdom, make His will clear to them, and "convince and convict them of sin, righteousness, and judgment," should they choose to obey His truth, (1 Ths. 5:23; Jn. 16:8.)

 

So, if we have His 'conviction' in our 'hearts' concerning an issue, we must then obey His Word as far as possible, to "test the spirit" speaking to us to be certain that "it is from God," (1 Ths. 5:21-22; 1 Jn. 4:1-4.)  We 'test the spirits' by 'testing' our innermost feelings and thoughts against the full context of what Jesus taught us in His Word. The Holy Spirit will never violate, or tell us to violate His contextual, true Word and His Moral Law in our ‘hearts.’ 

Then, we must look at the context of the situation we must deal with. We must also look at the 'fruit' or constant behavior of the people we must deal with, as well as our own motives and behavior. The "devil is always in the details." People might tell us some truth, but manipulate the whole truth to hide very important issues. Thus, we must constantly pray for the Spirit’s gift of discernment, (1 Corinthians 12:10,) and ask our Father to show us the whole truth of the situation.  We must then compare everything to the facts of the situation, as we must remain "sober minded" at all times, and the Holy Spirit will never violate any of the truth or facts before us, (1 Pt. 5:8.)

Facts cannot lie. Liars and manipulators of the truth such as narcissists will always lie and twist the facts to deceive us and to get us under their control. They also lie by omission of, or addition to the truth. 

· We must, therefore, never run to consult ‘prophets' like Old Israel did under the Old Testament Covenant.  Under the Old Testament covenant, God spoke through human prophets. But under the New Testament Covenant, which was inaugurated at the cross and completed at Pentecost, "God speaks to us [personally] through His Son, [Who Is His Word and the indwelling Holy Spirit,] (Heb. 1:1-3; 1 Cor. 6:15-20; Col. 2:9-10.)

· Human prophets under Jesus New Covenant can only 'confirm' or 'reveal' what God has already showed us or told us personally, (1 Cor. 14:24-25.) The Old Testament covenant where God used prophets to guide' the Israeli nation, was done away with and replaced with the New Covenant and it’s Only Prophet, Jesus; the Only Mediator between God and man, and our Eternal High Priest, (1 Pt. 2:9-10; Heb. 1:1-14; 8:13; 9:11-15.)

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