Tag: 1st Samuel 27-31

The witch connection!

Scripture reading for March 25th: 1st Samuel 27-31

Saul, tormented by the evil spirit that came as a result of his rebellion, sought information about the future by disguising himself and going to visit a medium.  He had tried to seek the Lord first, but God didn’t speak through the priests or prophets. (1st Samuel 28:5-6)   He was terrified and desperate for direction.  He, himself, had banned all witches, mediums, and sorcerers from the land in accordance with the law.  But obedience to God was not a priority in his life.

Amazingly, God allowed the spirit of Samuel to be brought up from the dead through this medium.  Samuel spoke prophetically to King Saul one last time, pronouncing his coming death the next day. (1st Samuel 28:16-19)  Because of his rebellion, truth did not bring repentance.  True repentance must be sought while the Lord may be found!  (Psalm 32:6-7)

Saul and his sons died the next day.  Saul was wounded and asked his armor bearer to put him out of his misery.  The armor bearer was terrified and refused, so Saul fell on his own spear, taking his own life!  Even in his death, he took matters into his own hands! (1st Samuel 31:2-6)

Saul’s anointing by Samuel to become king was a wonderful opportunity to rule and lead under God’s guidance.  Saul’s disobedience to God’s clear instructions brought consequences that eventually lead to further rebellion and death.  Someone has said, “sin truly takes us further than we want to go, holds us longer that we want to stay, and exacts a price higher than we want to pay.”

If you are doing something in clear disobedience to the Word of God, take time right now to get down on your knees and ask the Lord for mercy!  God gives grace to the humble.  Repentance is more than just saying you are sorry, it is getting up to go a new direction of willing obedience! (2nd Corinthians 7:9-11)  “But if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1st John 1:9)

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The “Witch” way to trouble!

Scripture reading for March 24th: 1st Samuel 27-31

Our world is full of curious people and many would like to know what tomorrow holds for them.  If they had that information,  they could get rich, save themselves from disaster, or control the world.  But God warns us not to seek any source other than Him for information about the future! (Leviticus 19:31)  When we do, we risk deception and death!

Saul, under torment by an evil spirit, sought information about the future by disguising himself and going to visit a medium.  He had tried to seek the Lord first, but God didn’t speak through the priests or prophets. (1st Samuel 28:5-6)   Earlier he had banned all witches, mediums, and sorcerers from the land in accordance with the law of God but now sought out one for his own use.  He had a habit of partial obedience that was a fatal flaw in his character!

God allowed the spirit of Samuel to be brought up from the dead through this medium.  Samuel spoke prophetically to King Saul one last time, pronouncing his coming death the next day. (1st Samuel 28:16-19)  Saul was in rebellion and under God’s judgment and found truth hard to face.   True to the word of Samuel, Saul and his sons died the next day.  Saul was wounded and asked his armor bearer to take his life.  The armor bearer was terrified and refused, so Saul fell on his own spear!  Even in his death, he took matters into his own hands! (1st Samuel 31:2-6)

The life and death of this first king of Israel has much to teach us.  Saul’s anointing by Samuel was a wonderful opportunity to rule and lead under God’s guidance.  Saul’s choice to disobey God’s instructions brought consequences that eventually lead to his death.  Someone has said, “sin truly takes us further than we want to go, holds us longer that we want to stay, and exacts a price higher than we want to pay”.

Examine yourself right now.  If you are doing something in clear disobedience to the Word of God, take time to get down on your knees and repent!   Repentance is more than just saying you are sorry, it turning to a new direction of obedience by faith! (2nd Corinthians 7:9-11)  Continuing in disobedience is rebellion. Rebellion is like the sin of divination and leads to trouble and death!  (1st Samuel 15:23)

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“Witch” Way to Go?

Scripture reading for March 25th: 1st Samuel 27-31

Occasionally we think we would like to contact those who have gone on before us who were special influences in our lives.  Parents, grandparents and spiritual leaders all make lasting impressions on us and when gone, leave us with a deep feeling of loss.  God has told us in His word, however,  not to seek contact with those who have gone on. (Leviticus 19:31)  God Himself is the only one we are to seek for counsel and direction.

Near the end of his time as king of Israel, Saul was under the influence of an evil spirit.  As the Philistine army gathered to attack Israel, Saul was filled with fear and insecurity!  (1st Samuel 28:4-7) (1st Samuel 16:14-16)  Saul had been anointed by the Lord to lead the nation, but chose a path of self-will that brought the evil spirit into his life.

Samuel, Saul’s spiritual adviser, was dead.  Saul had given a command to remove all mediums from Israel but when God would not answer his prayers, he sought insight into his future from a medium.  Disguising  himself, Saul went to a medium in Endor, and asked her to bring up Samuel from the dead!  She reluctantly complied and God allowed Saul to see a spirit who looked like Samuel.  Samuel’s spirit told Saul that he and his sons would soon join him and that God would fulfill Samuel’s words.  (1st Samuel 28:16-19)

This is one of those passages that causes us some difficulty.  Here we have God forbidding the use of mediums and yet allowing this medium to actually bring up Samuel or a spirit that looks like him.  If this were an evil spirit imitating Samuel, it spoke the truth!  According to Jesus, the devil and evil spirits can only lie! (John 8:44)  The best we can understand this is that God meets people where they are and often does things in ways we don’t fully understand.

The truth of the matter at hand is that God’s people are to wait upon Him for answers. Rebellion proved to be Saul’s ultimate downfall again at the end.  We should learn from our mistakes and listen to God’s word!  “For rebellion is like the sin of divination and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.  Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He has rejected you as king.” (1st Samuel 15:23)

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The “Witch” way to Trouble!

Scripture reading for March 25: 1st Samuel 27-31

Have you ever been curious about what will happen in the future?  Our world is full of curious people and everyone would like to know about tomorrow.  If we had that information, we feel that we could get rich, save ourselves from disaster, or control the world.  God warns us not to seek any source other than Himself for this information! (Leviticus 19:31) He is the only source of Truth because He alone knows the things to come!  (Isaiah 42:9)

Saul, tormented by the evil spirit that came as a result of his rebellion, sought information about the future by disguising himself and going to visit a medium.  He had tried to seek the Lord first, but God didn’t speak through the priests or prophets. (1st Samuel 28:5-6)   He was terrified and desperate for direction.  He, himself, had banned all witches, mediums, and sorcerers from the land in accordance with the law of God.  His disobedience showed that obedience to God was still not a priority in his life.

This incident is very perplexing because it seems that God allows the spirit of Samuel to be brought up from the dead through this medium.  Samuel speaks prophetically to King Saul one last time, pronouncing his coming death the next day. (1st Samuel 28:16-19)  Again, God’s Word is true and truth about what happened and will happen comes from Him alone.  He can record our sin truthfully and still show mercy to us in the midst of our sin by speaking truth.  When we are in rebellion and under God’s judgment, truth is hard to face.  True repentance must be sought while the Lord may be found!  (Psalm 32:6-7)

True to the Word of Samuel, Saul and his sons die the next day.  Saul is wounded and asks his armor bearer to put him out of his misery.  The armor bearer was terrified and refused, so Saul fell on his own spear, taking his own life!  Even in his death, he took matters into his own hands! (1st Samuel 31:2-6)

The life and death of this first human king of Israel has much to teach us.  Saul’s anointing by Samuel to become king was a wonderful opportunity to rule and lead under God’s guidance.  Saul’s choices to disobey God’s clear instructions brought consequences that eventually lead to further rebellion and death by suicide.  Someone has said, “sin truly takes us further than we want to go, holds us longer that we want to stay, and exacts a price higher than we want to pay”.

If you are doing something in clear disobedience to the Word of God, take time right now to get down on your knees and ask the Lord for mercy!  God gives grace to the humble.  Repentance is more than just saying you are sorry, it is getting up to go a new direction of willing obedience! (2nd Corinthians 7:9-11) Without repentance, there is no forgiveness of sins!  “But if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1st John 1:9)

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