1 Samuel 28 - Day 362 (link to today's reading)
Scripture: 1 Samuel 28:15-17
Commentary: In desperation, Saul sought to learn the future by necromancy even though he himself had prohibited such practices and even though the dead spirit he sought was his old nemesis, Samuel. His contradictory behavior continues to the end of the chapter when he eats under pressure after he had at first refused to eat. He risked his life by going to see a woman who lived behind the enemy lines, and he placed her life in danger as well. He listened to her and to his servants, but he did not listen to the voice of Yahweh. Though the woman listened to the voice of Saul, she was, by the king’s own decree, free from any guilt in this matter.
Saul got his last interview with Samuel, clothed as usual in his prophetic garb. When the old prophet rose from the underworld, his appearance impressed the woman as that of gods. Since the one who presented himself was Samuel, she knew her secretive guest must be none other than Saul. Samuel repeated the denunciations first reported in chap. 15, and announced that they were being fulfilled in current events. Moreover, the king and his two sons would die on the morrow.
Saul admits in this incident what the reader has long known—that God has departed from him. When the woman offers the king a last royal meal, it is an empty gesture. He has death in him, and all hope of kingship is irretrievably lost.
Klein, R. W. (1983). 1 Samuel (Vol. 10, pp. 273–274). Dallas: Word, Incorporated.
Application: Desperate men often make reckless decisions. True to his nature, Saul continued to make bad decisions because the Lord no longer answered him. Sadly, the solution was for him to repent of his sins.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, have mercy on me a sinner...
Husband, Father, Pastor....
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