Commentary on "Jealousy"
Day 5: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - Saul's Jealousy of David: Part 2
We now come to the end of Saul’s life and his final act of rebellion towards God where he visits the medium of En-dor in his misguided desire to contact Samuel who is dead. In Saul’s own words; “I am in great distress, for the Philistines are warring against me, and God has turned away from me and answers me no more”…
Saul had failed as Israel’s king and was rejected by God prior to any jealousy he had developed towards David. The cause of his jealousy of David was well covered in yesterday’s lesson.
Instead of considering again the nature of his jealousy we will focus on this statement found in today’s lesson:
“He chose, therefore, to consult an evil spirit through a witch, a practice that he himself had abolished. He even bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground before the evil spirit, which was impersonating the deceased Samuel (1 Sam. 28:14).“
First Samuel chapter twenty-eight, verses 8 through 19, clearly states several times over that it was Samuel who was speaking to Saul. Saul received a message from God through the dead prophet Samuel, not an evil spirit. Any other way of interpreting this passage goes beyond and contradicts the simply clear understanding of God’s word.
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