1 Samuel 28

1 Samuel 28 has the army of the Philistines gathering to make war with Saul and the Israelites.  Achish, king of Gath, tells David “I will make you my bodyguard for life”.  He has earned much trust with the king.  Samuel comes up here and although he has been dead for a while, the fact that he is mentioned again emphasizes the spiritual vacuum left by Samuel’s departure.  “When Saul saw the army of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart trembled greatly”.

Saul began to lose his courage when the Holy Spirit withdrew from him and now, after the death of Samuel (the only man to have much spiritual influence on Saul) his courage seems almost completely gone.  Saul doesn’t know what to do.  “When Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord did not answer him”.  King Saul has rejected and is currently rejecting God’s previously revealed will. Since Saul doesn’t care to obey God in what he already knows, God will not give him more to know.

So Saul asks his servants to find him a woman who is a medium.  Instead of dissuading him from this wicked and destructive practice, which his servants should and would have done, if they had either loved God or their king, they further him in it.  He disguises himself and goes.  Saul asks here to bring up Samuel who tells him it isn’t going to be a good outcome.  “The Lord has done to you as he spoke by me, for the Lord has torn the kingdom out of your hand and given it to your neighbor, David”.

But it gets worse.  “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…. the Lord will give Israel also with you into the hand of the Philistines, and tomorrow you and your sons shall be with me”.  Not only is Saul going to lose the kingdom because of his previous disobedience, he also will be dying in battle along with his sons.  He makes a run at falling before God on his face, but it is way too little far too late for his future. There is a price to pay for sin.  And Saul is paying it now.

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