1 Samuel 27-31 (The Daily Walk Bible).

So, with David’s ongoing deception, do we just adopt the phrase, “All’s fair in love and war?” Well, maybe war anyway!

Samuel’s ongoing faithfulness is inspiring, and it’s nice to see Israel realizing it when he dies. He stands in sharp contrast to Saul.

And look at Saul, going to a medium! Although the passage does indicate that Saul expelled the mediums and psychics from the land, he did so in accordance with the law: “There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD. And because of these abominations the LORD your God is driving them out before you” (Deuteronomy 18:10-12).

I find it interesting that the medium seems amazed at what happens, when it’s supposed to be her job! What do we make of this? First of all, the woman apparently dealt with the fake or the demonic, which should be a warning for us today in dealing with the same types of things. This also seems to be a unique event, done solely for the sake of revealing God’s plans to Saul. There is nothing in the passage that suggests that this is normative or right, and that believers should attempt to engage in such practices. In fact, 1 Chronicles 10:13-14 says, “So Saul died for his breach of faith. He broke faith with the LORD in that he did not keep the command of the LORD, and also consulted a medium, seeking guidance. He did not seek guidance from the LORD. Therefore the LORD put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse.” The passage is here to remind us of how far Saul had fallen away from God, and to warn us not to do the same.

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