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April 27, 2018

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Reading along with us in 1 Samuel? Here’s today’s reading:

1 Samuel 28 (ESV)

In those days the Philistines gathered their forces for war, to fight against Israel. And Achish said to David, “Understand that you and your men are to go out with me in the army.” David said to Achish, “Very well, you shall know what your servant can do.” And Achish said to David, “Very well, I will make you my bodyguard for life.”

Now Samuel had died, and all Israel had mourned for him and buried him in Ramah, his own city. And Saul had put the mediums and the necromancers out of the land. The Philistines assembled and came and encamped at Shunem. And Saul gathered all Israel, and they encamped at Gilboa. When Saul saw the army of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart trembled greatly. And when Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord did not answer him, either by dreams, or by Urim, or by prophets. Then Saul said to his servants, “Seek out for me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her.” And his servants said to him, “Behold, there is a medium at En-dor...Continue Reading

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  1. 17The 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. 18Because 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.

  2. I know it seems like I read the same thing over and over again….well, I do! Especially if I am preparing for a Bible Study. Today I read in Luke 19. It’s interesting to compare the parable of the minas with the parable of the talents, it seems like the same but it’s not. One is addressed to Believers and Jews, and the other is to just Believers. At least that is what I am reading in commentaries.

  3. What an intriguing yet sad account. The same man because of righteousness and conviction outlaws mediums now seeks one out! And all because he cannot hear from the God who outlaws mediums because of the evil it promotes. It is interesting that the incantation works because God has a purpose for it. Don’t miss Samuel’s disgust about being brought back! Hey, I was in paradise and you bring me back here? But there is one more message for Samuel to communicate: Saul you are in this state because you have disobeyed God and your life as well as your sons will come to an end because of the choices you have made and will continue to make.

    Don’t miss that Saul will be where Samuel is when he dies. I call Saul the poster child for eternal security: to still be saved after all the evil he did. But he is also an example of a life waisted, opportunities lost, potential squandered. One of the better bad examples in the bible.

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