An interesting question occurred to me during Kriyas HaTorah, and I don’t have a good answer off-hand. If anyone has any suggestions, I would very much enjoy hearing them.
In Devarim 18:10-11 we are enjoined to avoid various methods of divination, and Pasuk 13 concludes the Aliya that we should be “simple” with Hashem. Rashi on Pasuk 13 explains the “simplicity,” that we should desist from attempting to predict the future, and instead accept whatever Hashem sends us.
However, the following Pesukim state that the Cana’anim erred in relying on illegitimate methods of divining the future, while Bnei Yisroel have Nevi’im and the Urim v’Tumim to assist them.
The question that troubles me is, “Is there something intrinsically wrong with wishing to know what the future holds, or is the problem only with using inappropriate methods?” The conclusion of the fourth Aliya would imply the former, while the beginning of the fifth would seem to imply the latter.
I look forward to hearing your ideas.