1 Samuel 28

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read 1 Samuel 28

Saul consults a medium, a witch.

When David fled to Philistines, he was in an awkward situation that he was asked to fight for Philistine.

Samuel’s death brought King Saul that he had no one to help him inquire of the Lord. This made him to fear and despair, and to look for a medium, and eventually he broke his own enforcement of the priestly law against mediums.

When the philistine assembled to attack Israel, King Saul had no help. The Lord left him. (v.6).

He asked a medium to call for Samuel. How do understand the verse 11-19.?

In Old Testament times and biblical conception of life after dead was that all the dead go to Sheol, regardless of their actions in life. There is no reward or punishment. Sheol was sometimes translated pit.

A divine being in verse 13 is a supernatural entity. Samuel is coming up from Sheol, still able to deliver the word of God.

In a state of anxiety, King Saul is neither physically nor spiritually prepared for the next day’s battle against the Philistine. The medium became the nurture of the King Saul, and his weakness.

1. What does this passage tell you about God?

2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for y

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