1 Samuel – Chapter 28: Saul and the Medium at Endor

After a few chapters in Psalms we head back to 1 Samuel.  The title of this chapter has the word ‘Endor’ in it.  I didn’t know God was a fan of Star Wars!  LOL!

“In those days the Philistines gathered their forces to fight against Israel.” – 1 Samuel 28:1

The fighting continues.  More bloodshed is coming.

“Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had mourned for him and buried him in his own town of Ramah. Saul had expelled the mediums and spiritists from the land.” – 1 Samuel 28:3

Well, the people believe in a god who never shows himself, so why not believe in mediums and spiritists.  Given the mediums and spiritists can actually be seen, there’s more evidence for them than God.

“Saul then said to his attendants, ‘Find me a woman who is a medium, so I may go and inquire of her.’ ‘There is one in Endor,’” they said. 1 Samuel 28:7

And here I was hoping Saul would seek the guidance of the Ewoks!  🙂  This is an interesting approach taken by God.  God, as we learned several chapters ago, has taken over Saul’s body, forcing him to commit evil.  We must presume then that God is still controlling Saul and forcing him to seek the advice of mediums.

“Then the woman asked, ‘Whom shall I bring up for you?’ ‘Bring up Samuel,’ he said.  When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out at the top of her voice and said to Saul, ‘Why have you deceived me? You are Saul!’” – 1 Samuel 28:11-12

Ghosts?  Again, the Bible would be much more believable if the stories weren’t so ridiculous.  If (and I don’t believe in anything supernatural) we assume the ghost of Samuel is real in this story, this verse makes it clear Samuel’s ghost is directly observed.  Thus there is far more evidence for ghosts being real in the Bible than God.  Not sure that was the message the authors of the Bible intended, but it is the message that comes out of this story.

“The king said to her, ‘Don’t be afraid. What do you see?’ The woman said, ‘I see a ghostly figure coming up out of the earth.’ ‘What does he look like?’ he asked. ‘An old man wearing a robe is coming up,’ she said. Then Saul knew it was Samuel, and he bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground.” – 1 Samuel 28:13-14

Apparently Saul cannot see the ghost of Samuel, but the medium can.  That’s very similar to Moses ‘seeing’ God, but no one else.

“Samuel said to Saul, ’Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?’ ‘I am in great distress,’ Saul said. ‘The Philistines are fighting against me, and God has departed from me. He no longer answers me, either by prophets or by dreams. So I have called on you to tell me what to do.’” – 1 Samuel 28:15

Saul may not be able to see the ghost of Samuel, but he can certainly hear the ghost.  Again, far more evidence for ghosts than for God in the Bible.

“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.” – 1 Samuel 28:19

This is the ghost of Samuel speaking to Saul.  I guess God is finished with Saul as his play toy.  And a play toy is what Saul was as were the Egyptians, Moses, Samuel, etc.  God is not guiding the people, he is toying with the people because God is nothing more than an immature two year old.  We’ve seen this over and over through the unnecessary raping and murdering of thousands, tens of thousands, and possibly millions of people at the hands of God.

“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.” – 1 Samuel 28:20

Saul is afraid of a god he can’t observe but isn’t afraid of the ghost of Samuel?  It’s a ghost speaking to you!  I don’t believe in anything supernatural, but if I suddenly saw a ghost, I’d be a bit fearful.

This chapter ends with the medium providing Saul and his men a meal.  A very odd chapter in which a ghost speaks to Saul.  Over and over we see God supposedly speaking through others, yet never directly, aside from the possible case of Moses, but I think it’s very clear Moses made up the story of God to control the people.  This assumes, of course, Moses ever existed which is doubtful.  Anyway, there is more evidence for ghosts in the Bible than God.  That’s very revealing!

Coming Soon:  1 Samuel – Chapter 29:  Achish Sends David Back to Ziklag

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