Our "woman of the week" this time is found in I Samuel. We have already studied a lady from this time period when we studied Michal. This time we will look at a woman that her dad (King Saul) visited!
Let's look at the twenty-eighth chapter . . .
Quite a story, no? I think to truly understand it, we need some background!
First of all, let's take a look at the Old Testament and see what God had told the people about mediums, fortune-tellers, divination, and more. Over and over again, God condemned the practices of the occult.
A man or woman who is a medium or spiritist among you must be put to death. You are to stone them; their blood will be on their own heads. (Leviticus 20:27)
(Deuteronomy 18:10-12)Even in the New Testament, God declares that He has not changed his mind!
But . . . the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death. (Revelation 21:8)And it's not just the "doers" that God is talking to. The "hearers" are cautioned, too:
I will set my face against anyone who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute themselves by following them, and I will cut them off from their people. (Leviticus 20:6)I truly believe that these verses have a lot to do with some of the so-called "harmless" things and "party games" that folks sometimes dabble in. Fortune-telling? Palm reading and horoscopes fit in there. Divination? Reading tea leaves and Ouija boards fall in that category. Consulting the dead? Some folks still try to hold seances or consult mediums . . .
All of these are "out" as far as God is concerned.
Out meaning "you shouldn't ought to do that."
And Saul should have known better.
We'll continue our study of the woman of Endor next time!