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I Samuel 28

Chapter 28

 

v. 3:  I suspect that, although the medium is very cautious in v. 9, this expulsion is a practice in which Saul had not engaged for a very long time since his men knew of a medium (without much apparent research) who was relatively nearby.  It seems she would have been killed by then if she were that easily known. 

 

v. 12: I think it is important to note here that the medium’s shock is from realizing that her employer is Saul, not from the fact that she has actually succeed in calling up the dead.  It seems reasonable to believe that she really was a necromancer and did have this power to raise and consult the dead.  Samuel’s remark to Saul about “disturbing” him by “bringing him up” (v. 15) is quite interesting.  Does it imply that Samuel had little or no choice in responding to the summons?  It certainly implies at least that coming here was unpleasant.  (Perhaps he was at Abraham’s side; see Luke 16:22.)  See also notes on Isaiah 47:10.

 

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2 Responses to “I Samuel 28”

  1. […] I believe that actual supernatural beings (God, his angels, and devils) can appear in our lives and give us access to things that we would not have access to by nature (things such as the ability to heal miraculously, to prophecy, to raise and consult the dead, and so on).  However, I do not believe that we have the ability to manipulate any of these supernatural beings.  God has given us power to manipulate the natural world, so we can tame a lion (even though it is physically stronger than we are) or split an atom, but I do not believe this applies to supernatural beings.  Obviously, God cannot be manipulated, and the innate power of angels is so much greater than our own that we clearly cannot manipulate them either.  Just their appearance is enough to overwhelm us (note Daniel’s reaction).  I also believe the same is true of demons.  Without the supernatural aid of God, I think we would have a better chance of pushing the earth out of orbit with our bare hands than we would of manipulating a demon.  However, I believe that demons have manipulated some humans into believing that certain occult “sciences” can control supernatural beings such as angels and demons, and even God.  I think they have done this by pretending themselves to be bound by the talismans and spells that make up what we call magic.  Their motive in doing this, I assume, is simply to draw us away from the love of God and into the misery of hell.  I do think that there are and have been sorcerers and necromancers (like the witch of Endor) who did supernatural things by means of demons, just as those faithful to God can do supernatural things by means of God and his angels.  Neither the Satanist nor the Christian, however, can manipulate these supernatural beings.  Any “science,” therefore, that involves calling on or manipulating demons (or “gods”) is not the result of genuine power that comes from true knowledge; it must simply be a trick of Satan.  See particularly my notes on 1st Corinthians 10:20 and 1st Samuel 28:12. […]

  2. […] I believe that actual supernatural beings (God, his angels, and devils) can appear in our lives and give us access to things that we would not have access to by nature (things such as the ability to heal miraculously, to prophecy, to raise and consult the dead, and so on).  However, I do not believe that we have the ability to manipulate any of these supernatural beings.  God has given us power to manipulate the natural world, so we can tame a lion (even though it is physically stronger than we are) or split an atom, but I do not believe this applies to supernatural beings.  Obviously, God cannot be manipulated, and the innate power of angels is so much greater than our own that we clearly cannot manipulate them either.  Just their appearance is enough to overwhelm us (note Daniel’s reaction).  I also believe the same is true of demons.  Without the supernatural aid of God, I think we would have a better chance of pushing the earth out of orbit with our bare hands than we would of manipulating a demon.  However, I believe that demons have manipulated some humans into believing that certain occult “sciences” can control supernatural beings such as angels and demons, and even God.  I think they have done this by pretending themselves to be bound by the talismans and spells that make up what we call magic.  Their motive in doing this, I assume, is simply to draw us away from the love of God and into the misery of hell.  I do think that there are and have been sorcerers and necromancers (like the witch of Endor) who did supernatural things by means of demons, just as those faithful to God can do supernatural things by means of God and his angels.  Neither the Satanist nor the Christian, however, can manipulate these supernatural beings.  Any “science,” therefore, that involves calling on or manipulating demons (or “gods”) is not the result of genuine power that comes from true knowledge; it must simply be a trick of Satan.  See particularly my notes on 1st Corinthians 10:20 and 1st Samuel 28:12. […]

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