Friday, July 16, 2010

1 Samuel 28-31

The Facts (Chapter number: Verse)

28:7-14 - Saul asked his men to seek out a medium for him, since God has stopped speaking to him. His men know of a medium in Endor. So Saul disguised himself and went to see the medium. Saul asked the woman to consult a spirit for him, and the medium said, "Surely you know what Saul has done, how he has cut off the mediums and the wizards from the land. Why then are you laying a snare for my life to bring my death?" Saul swore to her that no harm shall come to her. Then woman asked whom he wished her to consult. Saul asked her to bring up Samuel, and when the medium did she cried out, "Why have you deceived me? You are Saul!" Saul told her to nevermind, what did she see? The medium said she sees a divine being, and old man wrapped in a robe. So Saul knew it was Samuel and bowed with his face to the ground.
28:20-25 - Saul became terrified because of Samuel's words, and he had no strength because he had not eaten all day and all night. The medium saw that Saul was terrified and offered him food to eat. Saul said he would not eat. But Saul's men and the medium urged him so Saul rose and ate. The medium fed them a fatted calf and unleavened cakes. Saul and his servants ate.

1 Samuel 29 - No mention of any women.

30:2-3 - The Amalekites attacked Ziklag and took captive the women and all who were in the town both great and small. When David and his men came to the city they found it burned and all their sons and daughters were taken captive.
30:5-6 - David's two wives had also been taken, Abinoam of Jezreel and Abigail the widow of Nabal. David was in danger for his people wanted to stoned him because they were bitter in spirit for their sons and daughters.
30:18-19 - David recovered all the Amalekites had taken, including his two wives. Nothing was missing, neither great or small, sons or daughters, spoils of anything that had been taken. David had brought back everything.
30:22 - David did not give any spoils to the men who had not come with him. They only got their sons and daughters and wives back and were told to leave.

1 Samuel 31 - No mention of any women.

My Comments

Yeah. The medium story is a bit weird. God completely denounces wizards and sorceresses with the whole "You shall not suffer a witch to live." And yet it's okay for Saul to go see a medium? Or is it a moot point since God had already stopped talking to Saul? Is this why Saul was overtaken in 1 Samuel 31? I guess God had already forsaken Saul so it didn't matter if he went to see a medium or not.

Monday: 2 Samuel 1-3

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