Archive for March 31st, 2012

1 Samuel 28

1 Samuel 28 is a bit of a weird chapter.  Achish, the king of Gath, decides to make war with Israel and asks David to join him.  This is quite a request.  But not only go to war, but be the king’s bodyguard.  This is an enemy king of Israel, so keep that in mind.  Saul sees that the army of his enemy is assembled and camped and “when Saul saw the army of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart trembled greatly”.  Things were a little bleak from his perspective.  So like any good leader, he decides to finally go ask God what is happening.

When Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord did not answer him”.  Saul comes to God for some answers, but there is silence.  No response.  God is not an answer on demand.  He is not someone we can go to on our time and schedule and require an answer from Him.  So Saul decides to take another approach – to find a medium that could inquire what would happen.  But there is an issue as Saul had “cut off the mediums and the necromancers from the land”.  He didn’t like what they were doing so he got rid of them, and now he wants help.

Saul disguises himself and goes to a medium who was a woman.  She is leery because of what Saul had done previously, even though she didn’t yet know it was him.  Of course after he convinced her it was ok, then she found it who it was.  Surprise eh?  Not really – as a good medium would be able to make that discernment.  Saul asked her to contact Samuel to get an answer about what was to come with the Philistine army.  The result is not good.

After Samuel scolds Saul for disturbing him, he says “Why then do you ask me, since the Lord has turned from you and become your enemy”?  Samuel states what he has said before – that Saul is no longer the king in God’s eyes.  And he goes on to say why that is: “Because you did not obey the voice of the Lord and did not carry out his fierce wrath against Amalek, therefore the Lord has done this thing to you this day”.  Obedience was his problem, as it is for most.   Saul made some poor decisions and it cost him his kingdom.  Never doubt that God expects obedience – 100% of the time – 100% His way.  Anything less is a miss – which is why we need a Savior!

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