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The Snake Charmers
Snake "charmers" are familiar circus acts in the modern world, but they had their beginning in a far more ancient show. While many regard snake charming to have originated in eastern Asia, the Israelites in the Middle East were not only familiar with it, they practiced it. The Hebrew word that is often translated as "charmer" actually means whisperer (see the Fact Finder question below).
"58:2 Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence [see Violence to understand the Biblical meaning of that word] of your hands in the earth. 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.
"Behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you, saith the LORD"
The lies and deceptions of the "charmers" were very soothing to the people because the people were living lives of lies and deceptions. Their "serpent" that was being charmed however was Satan, the father of lies (John 8:44). The fall of their kingdom happened because of their refusal to repent of their Satanic love of lies i.e. "they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return."
"8:4 Moreover thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD; Shall they fall, and not arise? shall he turn away, and not return? 8:5 Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return. 8:6 I hearkened and heard, but they spake not aright: no man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle. 8:7 Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD.
The Damnation comes not from the sin, but from the refusal to repent when they were given the time and means to do so i.e. "We looked for peace, but no good came."
"8:11 For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace. 8:12 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among them that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down, saith the LORD. 8:13 I will surely consume them, saith the LORD: there shall be no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree, and the leaf shall fade; and the things that I have given them shall pass away from them.
Fact Finder: Why is Satan called a "snake"?