In that future time, Micah bellowed, the once and future King will be born in the wee city of Bethlehem! That King will bring glory back to Judah! And when the Assyrians come again to conquer us and they will be conquered! People in exile will be returned! And in that time God will destroy the armies and strongholds! It will destroy fortunetellers and psychics! It will destroy idols and Asherim! In anger and wrath, It will destroy all nations that do not obey!
Meanwhile, back in Gibeah, Saul grew more and more agitated because he couldn’t get God to talk to him–not through dreams, not through prophets, not through cleromancy. He so desperately wanted to talk to God that he wanted to call up Samuel, though dead these several years. Unfortunately for Saul, he had executed or banned all the known necromancers, mediums and sorcerers during his reign. One night, as the Philistines gathered against him, Saul grew so desperate that he offered the fortune to the person who could find him a medium. Soon word came that such a person lived at Endor.
Saul disguised himself as a commoner and went to see this witch-lady of Endor one night. When he asked her for her services, she glared at him suspiciously and barked, King Saul, he’s stoned all the witches and seers. Are you trying to get me killed? Saul swore to do her no harm, he only sought her services. He was persuasive, but surely she must have wondered when he asked her to call up the prophet Samuel. Continue reading “I Samuel 28: The Witch of Endor”