Saul and the Witch of Endor

1 Sam 28:1-25

It could be amazing what a man can do when the spirit of the Lord departs from him. Saul had lost every connection to God to the point that he went to endorse what he himself had banned from the land before – the practice of those with familiar spirits.

It was war time again, and the Philistines were gathered to face the Israelites. When Saul saw the multitude of the Philistine army, he was sore afraid. Every attempt to seek counsel from God proved futile, and as a last resort he condescended to seeking counsel through a medium, someone with familiar or evil spirit. They told him of a woman in Endor who could bring up the spirit of the dead. So Saul went to this woman in the night, disguising himself so that he would not be known to be the king. The woman initially refused citing that she would be in danger of being killed by the king, but Saul swore to her that she would not die.

Once the woman started to call up Samuel’s spirit, she immediately saw that it was Saul, but Saul reassured her to go ahead. When Samuel’s spirit eventually came, he spoke with Saul asking him why he was disquieted. Saul told him about the Philistines and his inability to hear God, and to this Samuel made Saul understand that what he had predicted would come to pass. God would take away the kingdom from Saul and give it to David, Saul and his sons would fall in battle as so would the Israelite army, all because Saul did not obey God with respect to destroying the Amalekites completely.

When Saul heard these words, he fell down and was sore afraid, his strength left him as he had also not eaten anything all day long. The company of his men and the woman had to encourage him to eat for strength. It was clear that he had eventually come to the end of his reign and his life. We could understand fully now when David himself prayed to God never to cast him away from His presence nor take away his Holy Spirit from him. There is no better place to be than with God and having his presence, and no worse place than the place of the absence of his presence. Abide in His presence, abide in His love.

Some verses to remember

vs 15  And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do.

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