This morning my family and I studied 1 Samuel 28…an interesting and quite disturbing time in the life of King Saul. I will give you a quick overveiw.
Early in Saul’s reign over Israel, he knew the law because if you remember from a recent blog, the kings had to write out their own copy and have it approved by the Levitical Priest. He must have sought to obey at least parts of it because we learn in the beginning of 1Samuel 28 that Saul had expelled all of the Mediums and Necromancers from the land.
So here we are, years into his reign and he learns some disturbing news that the Philistines, an archaic enemy is coming against Israel. He becomes fearful and does something first that I get the impression he didn’t do very often anymore. He sought after a word from God. However, because God had become his enemy (vs 16, 1Peter 5:5), he was unable to hear a word from God. Saul then did something that makes my skin crawl. He disguised himself and sought out a witch. He went to her, asked her to bring up the dead prophet, Samuel. When God steps in and allows the dead to be contacted, the witch screams in a loud voice with fresh revelation that it was the king who was with her. Anyway, Samuel wasn’t too happy to be disturbed from his time with the Lord, and reminds Saul very firmly that God is just doing to him what God said He would do. Saul leaves the witches house in more fear than he entered with and goes to get ready for battle.
I find this passage disturbing in so many ways. But one I am going to address will not be a popular one, however, never being one to care too much about popularity, I am gonna go for it.
God never meant for His people to use the same tactics as the world in finding out what He wants. Every week if not everyday, I am disturbed to see the people of God using horoscopes,witches, fortune-telling, physics, vampires, in their lives, entertainment and vocabulary.
God’s plan is for us to come out of this world. Period. Now, you may say, “Deanna, that is Old Testament.” I got to tell you, I get tired of this statement. This is Bible. If we throw out the law then we might as well throw out creation, Joseph, Joshua, Rahab and Ruth (the GENTILE women who received redemption and were in the lineage of Christ), Psalms which so many of us find comfort in, and the list goes on and on… Christ came with the New Covenant, yes, but it fulfilled the Old, it did not abolish the Old, (Matthew 5:17). I want you to understand, I am not speaking to people who do not claim Jesus as their Lord, but believers.
As people of God, we MUST take a stand against the sins that God takes a stand against. We must teach our children what is right, what is sin. As a believer we are to know the Word. Therefore, James 4:17 says “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it for him it is sin.” Do we know what God says about these issues? If we don’t it is because we have failed to study it out. If we do, than we are sinning by not doing it.
Expel these things from our lives, and the lives of our children, don’t watch them on TV, don’t read about them in books, don’t talk about them as if they are ok, don’t entertain thoughts or enjoy their “humor”, and see what God might do in our lives!
May we do ALL for the glory of God!