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“I get what I call the ‘heebie jeebies’ once in a while. You know, that little shiver associated with something spooky, that sneaking sense of impending doom. Does the Bible say anything about that?” — Will
Everyone has had that sensation: your hair stands on end, your stomach lurches, you look over your shoulder, you have an eerie feeling of threat.
This extrasensory perception is prompted by strange noises in the night, weird coincidences and scary movies. It might also actually be a legitimate (conscious or subconscious) forewarning of danger. Such sensations likely ought not be taken too lightly.
Interestingly enough, in the Bible — a narrative written by real people in real places in real time — experiences of this nature were not unknown.
Not surprisingly, these accounts are often connected with the supernatural, very often with God Himself.
The Israelites at the foot of Mt. Sinai felt it (Ex. 19:16). The 10 spies turned yellow when they saw giants in Canaan (Num. 13:31-33). Samson’s parents nearly fainted when they realized they had been in the presence of the angel of God (Judg. 13:21-11).
Dread overcame Saul during his encounter with the ghost of Samuel (I Sam. 28:7-20). The psalmist referred to “night terrors” (91:5-6). Perhaps the best example occurred when the king saw the hand (literally) writing on the wall (Dan. 5:5-10)
So, it seems that humans have long possessed an early warning system. The signal is typically unsettling though it is often dismissed as “silly.”
Perhaps, for our purposes here, these texts (not to mention the fact that the Scripture is all about the interface between an unseen, eternal God and material, temporal people) hint at the possibility that God just might on occasion use such a warning system to get our attention and perhaps to steer us away from danger.
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