I Samuel 28:1-25
David might have secured refuge with the philistines and save from Saul but could not detach himself from the contradictions that followed, when it mattered most. He agreed to pitch camp with the philistines against Saul and Israel. What a contradiction! David had agreed with the prince of Gath to fight against the Army the Living God. At the demise of Samuel and the near eradication of the Priesthood, there was gross darkness over Israel. It was the weakest moment that the enemy (the philistines) was waiting for; Saul’s fear of the enemy outside of the light of God was palpable. In desperation, he consulted with familiar spirit for Light; in contradiction, the spirit of the dead Samuel prophesied Saul’s and Jonathan’s doom and death, giving his throne to David.
‘And Achish said unto David, know thou assuredly, that thou shall go out with me to battle, thou and thy men’1sam 28:1. Why prince Achish of Gath of the Philistines was be so assured of David and His Men fighting on his side against his enemy-Israel?
‘And David said to Achish, surely thou shall know what thy servant can do I Samuel 28:2’. Discuss this strange state of entanglement in which David had found himself by this statement?
The death of Samuel climaxed the envelop of darkness over Israel for that age. Discuss the prophetic significance of his death in the light of Israel’s and king Saul’s despondency.
‘And the Lord answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets’ I Samuel 28:6. Why would the LORD not have answered King Saul at this crucial time for Israel?
King Saul’s desperation for the Light, after the near annihilation of the Priesthood and the death of Samuel drove him to the Familiar Spirit at Endor. Can we relate this circumstance to our spiritual journey with God?
…Moreover the Lord will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of the philistines, and tomorrow shall thou and thy sons be with me’ I Samuel 28:19. Can we extensively discuss this judgment as it relate respectively to King Saul and Jonathan?
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