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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

"The King and the Witch"

Rules for Rearing Children - 2
"Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor. "

I Samuel 28:7



What was King Saul's road to Endor? How does the King of Israel, friend of the prophet Samuel, end up his life in a witch's house? Remember, where and how your life ends will be a result of the decisions you have made along the way. Saul started off as a young man that looked man enough to rule his country. He was anointed by Samuel as king, and was a victorious leader early on. He rescued the city of Jabesh-gilead from the power of the Ammonite king.

Soon Saul was going to war with the Philistines and Samuel was going to come and bless Saul's men before battle. The week wore on and Samuel had not shown, and men were beginning to desert. Saul forced himself into the priests' office and made sacrifice, and Samuel showed up and denounced Saul and told him he had forfeited the kingdom. Soon the war was raging but king Saul was procrastinating under a pomegranate tree. He was wasting his time. Not long after that Saul was told to "slay utterly" the Amalekites (a type of the flesh). Saul defeated them, but kept king Agag and the best flocks alive. Samuel called him a rebel, and said that "rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft."

King Saul finds himself paralyzed with fear before Goliath of Gath. He allowed a lad to go face the giant for him, and was now marked a complete failure as king. He is coming unhinged! No less than twenty-four times he tried to kill David. One day he massacred a whole company of priests, accusing them of treason because they had given David small loaves of bread and Goliath's sword.

So at last he went to Endor, where a witch lived. It was forbidden to allow a witch to live, but Saul hadn't enforced it. The Philistines were preparing to invade and Saul could get no answer from God. His puppet priest couldn't intercede either. So he turned to a witch. Since he had knocked on heaven's door in vain, he decided to knock on the door of hell instead. The witch's familiar spirit did not show up, but the dead Samuel did, and he sentenced Saul to death! Saul wanted to die the death of the righteous, yet he never lived the life of the righteous. He died under the judgment of God. Many lessons will be learned here by the wise!

Study verses - I Samuel 11-17; 28:7-25

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Previous devotions

Rules for Rearing Children (Part 4) - April 11, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 3) - April 4, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 2) - March 28, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 1) -
March 21, 2012
Gullible Christians - March 14, 2012
Tenacity - March 7, 2012
Above the Storm - February 29, 2012
The Principal Thing - February 22, 2012
The Greatest Valentine - February 15, 2012
He First Loved Us - February 8, 2012
Real Love - February 1, 2012
Pardon Your Enemies - January 25, 2012
Applause - January 18, 2012
Finish! - January 11, 2012
Meeting New Goals - January 4, 2012
Meeting New Goals - December 28, 2011
The Word Made Flesh - December 21, 2011
Sonship - December 14, 2011
Fruit in Old Age - December 7, 2011
Dangers of Multi-tasking - November 30, 2011
Ingratitude - November 22, 2011
"Wash! Wash! Wash!" - November 16, 2011
"The Pastor" - November 9, 2011
"Value of a Name" - November 2, 2011

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Words of Truth - March 28, 2012