Any “witch” way he could… I Samuel 28 (August 2, 2020)
Thought from above! His attribute of mercy does not ignore His justice!
In any relationship communication is key! So it is with God. Let’s start with the understanding that God wants to do just that, In Hebrews 1:1 we’re told…“in the past, God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways.” (think of a few? burning bush, prophets, priests, earthquakes, fire, donkey, even stones, tabernacle and the silence of a lamb) The writer continues…“BUT IN THESE LAST DAYS, (this is us), He (God) has spoken to us by His Son; whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe, (So find Jesus in everything/passage).
Paul tells Timothy that our communication with God begins with US requesting, praying, interceding, and giving thanks for everyone– (a couple of examples) kings and all in authority! So that we may live, peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleasing to God our Savior, (in other words, the will of God) He wants all men to be saved, so at the proper time God sent Jesus “as a witness” to this and He, Jesus, became the only mediator between God and man. (I Tim 2:1-6). This leads us to our story today; the contrast between Saul and David. Both were greatly distressed, fearing death and so they both inquired of the LORD, but because of Saul’s double-mindedness, God did not answer, while David found strength…and consulted God by the proper means God had given for this time, the priest. Saul sought information about future events from a forbidden source, a witch. Lev 19:26, 31 do not practice, turn to or seek divination, sorcery, mediums or spiritists, (20:6) “I will set my face against you…” Saul had earlier expelled all those magicians, but now…(v 3) because he was afraid and the LORD did not answer him! (Saul’s history)
Q. God didn’t speak to Saul in His usual way, Urim/Thummim, why this way? Was it sleight of hand, smoke, and mirrors, a ventriloquist act? She alone saw and described Samuel (v 13) but from that description, Saul believed it was Samuel. Some say it was it a demonic impersonator, imitating as Paul says, “an angel of light” but three times the Bible says, “Samuel said” (15,16, 20) reminding him of a past prediction, in a private conversation and the tearing of his robe as he walked away, (is this what she described?) Why was her reaction so terrifying, was it unexpected? II Thess. 2:9-10 tells of a secret power of a lawless one already at work, held back by HIM (The Holy Spirit) I Chronicles 10:13 Says, “Saul died because he was unfaithful… even consulting a medium for guidance. Jer 27:9,10 warns us of fake news.