None were sorcerers, as far as I know. Most of those people were gifted by the Lord or were called to do certain things on His behalf anyway. There’s also various Jewish legends that certain patriarchs were angels of the Lord anyway, like Moses was the Metatron or Jacob was Gabriel, etc, etc. Rabbis typically downplay the association.
Solomon, on the other hand, was a descendant of David, who was annointed by the Lord. Samuel, if I recall correctly, was just called by God- which I think is said in the first book of Kings (or whatever the version’s say). So a prophet of the Lord is different from the commonly associated term with sorcerer. Back to Solomon, though, he just asked God for wisdom to rule and God rewarded him with magical secrets.
Most of the stories in the Bible tell it as the power of the Lord. I didn’t find different definitions of sorcery until the New Testament when sorcery was more defined both by the story of Simon Magus and in Revelations. Of course, if you know the story then I don’t need to mention either to you.
For those that don’t! Simon Magus just used magical powers to fool and mislead the people around him, which is pretty evil as it gave them false hopes and such only because he hated his fellow man. Revelations mentions sorcery in the context of, “For where is the flock to go without their shepherd?” Which gave me the inclination that magick, what we’d call white magick now at least, is acceptable if you’re helping others like through healing spells, spiritual guidance, prayers, blessings, exorcisms, etc. Likewise, the rituals employed by the Golden Dawn and Rosicrucians often brings those Divine energies to you so that you may yoke and union with the Divine. I’m not mentioning kabbalistic theories or even some Christian notions, which I’m still looking into, by the way as this post would terribly long.
From what I’ve gathered, if you’re not harming anyone and you’re helping them out, then it should be no issue. I explained this once to someone that developing and cultivating the attitude of tolerance, respect for others and being kind to them is exactly what Christ said to do. That’s also in the Old Testament in various parts between Prophets and the Jews. I have yet to look into Islam but from little pieces of the Koran (that aren’t cited by online idiots) it says the same thing since Mohammad was instructed by the Archangel Jibril (Arabic for Gabriel). The same Archangel who announced Christ’s birth to Mary.
Personally, I don’t share my knowledge with someone who’s a Bible thumper, not magickal knowledge anyway like how to charge seals and such. I usually stress to them things like prayer and confessing among us, as said by Christ. I mean, it takes a bit of an open mind and self-discipline for someone to think “Hmm, let me see and make an analysis of this stuff before I come to a conclusion.” Most older people do that, unless their shitheads, but kids and teenagers won’t because they have that fire about them- as in, they are impulsive as all hell. Well boys from my experience, since I was once. Girls are just as bad but in different settings.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of new Church movements that have sprung up since the 60s and 70s. Most groups are having a bit of a spiritual crisis now and are attempting to keep the light lit for now. Everyone’s feeling the strain, even New Agers and some magicians.
Astrologically, if we’re in the “Age of Aquarius” now, we’re certainly either in the stage of Aires (if we place the little into the big) or in the phase similar to that of Keter, where we see the “First Swirlings” as it were. Anyone interested in my math for that?
Well go fuck yourselves. Nuthin but bunch of emo edgelords around here anyway…