Thursday, August 11, 2011

1 Samuel 28:16-25

16 Samuel said, “Why do you consult me, now that the LORD has departed from you and become your enemy? 17 The LORD has done what he predicted through me. The LORD has torn the kingdom out of your hands and given it to one of your neighbors—to David. 18 Because you did not obey the LORD or carry out his fierce wrath against the Amalekites, the LORD has done this to you today. 19 The LORD will deliver both Israel and you into the hands of the Philistines, and tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. The LORD will also give the army of Israel into the hands of the Philistines.”

20 Immediately Saul fell full length on the ground, filled with fear because of Samuel’s words. His strength was gone, for he had eaten nothing all that day and all that night.

21 When the woman came to Saul and saw that he was greatly shaken, she said, “Look, your servant has obeyed you. I took my life in my hands and did what you told me to do. 22 Now please listen to your servant and let me give you some food so you may eat and have the strength to go on your way.”

23 He refused and said, “I will not eat.”

But his men joined the woman in urging him, and he listened to them. He got up from the ground and sat on the couch.

24 The woman had a fattened calf at the house, which she butchered at once. She took some flour, kneaded it and baked bread without yeast. 25 Then she set it before Saul and his men, and they ate. That same night they got up and left.

Questions to consider:

  • What does Samuel tell Saul?
  • How does Saul respond?
  • What is the medium concerned about?
  • What do Saul's men (and the medium) encourage him to do?

Possibilities for prayer:

Sometimes, the truth hurts. When Samuel tells Saul that he has become the Lord's enemy, it's no wonder that Saul responds with total fear--that's certainly not a good place to be. Saul made a lot of poor decisions that have led him to this point. Let's ask that God would be instilling in us the ability to have a healthy and fruitful relationship with him, so that we would never find ourselves in the situation Saul did, as an enemy of God. If there are things in your life that have been creating distance between you and God, take some time to confess them and seek God's forgiveness.