When I read about casting lots I think about gambling. The “lot” (1486) was “cast” (2904) in both the Old Testament and the New. I was recently doing some study in the book of Acts. In the first chapter Peter leads the early church to choose a replacement for Judas. He uses lots to make the choice.
(Acts 1:26 KJV) And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.Peter being Peter, it is possible that he was being impetuous and not obedient. Somewhere in my past I heard it suggested that God was preparing Paul for this position and Peter should have waited.
Why are so many uncomfortable with gambling? Like many “vices” it can be harmless or destructive. This verse seems to imply that lots can be used to determine the will of God. Perhaps this is another example of taking an action that should be reserved for special occasions as in finding the will of God, and using it for more mundane entertainment such as drawing to an inside straight.
So? Think about it next time you place your bet, buy your lottery ticket or make your bid. Are you just having innocent fun or are you misusing a divine prerogative?