Jan. 25. Saul Consults A Medium

I Sam. 28:3-25

The lowest state of soul that a man can reach is to be separated from God. Saul, king of Israel had found himself to be in that condition. The Philistines were making war against Israel and the Lord had refused to hear his pleas for guidance.

Sorcery was forbidden by the Law of Moses and was punishable by death. In years past, Saul had expelled those who practiced witchcraft from the land. Since he could not get God to respond to his call for advice regarding the Philistines, he resorted to the forbidden medium.

The medium of En Dor seemed to be in retirement because she feared for her life when asked to conduct a séance for her visitor. There is much trickery in sorcery and the woman was greatly surprised when the dead prophet, Samuel appeared. She then realized that her “client” was Saul and felt even more danger for her life. The king reassured her of her safety, but the news for Saul was devastating to him.

Samuel rebuked Saul for disturbing him. The king stated his case and the spirit of Samuel reminded him of his rebellion against God regarding Amalek. His punishment had been set at that time and it was too late for it to change. Samuel’s final prophecy revealed that Saul and his sons would die the next day and that Israel would fall to the Philistines.

Saul had not eaten that day. His physical and emotional conditions caused him to faint at the words from Samuel. After having been served a meal by the medium, he and his men went away.