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1 Samuel 28:1-25

– The Witch of Endor –

Southgate Alliance Church, May 3, 2020

Introduction

 

I. The Setting vv. 1-6

a. David, the “keeper of my head”
b. Samuel’s death repeated
c. David, the object of Saul’s fear
d. The LORD will not answer Saul
“Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 7:21

II. A Journey in Darkness vv. 7-10

a. Saul’s all knowing servants
b. Saul takes off his royal garments
c. Saul travels by night
“For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has also rejected you from being king.” – 1 Samuel 15:23

III. A Practice of Darkness vv. 11-14

a. Samuel is “asked for”
b. The Prophet of the LORD appears
c. Saul’s blasphemy of the divine name

IV. Words of Darkness vv. 15-19

a. An agitated Samuel
b. A desperate Saul
c. The repeated prophetic word

 

V. Fate Sealed in Darkness vv. 20-25 

a. Saul’s great fall
b. A morsel of bread
c. A meal fit for a king
d. Leaving by night
Deuteronomy 18:9–16
“When you come into the land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD. And because of these abominations the LORD your God is driving them out before you. You shall be blameless before the LORD your God, for these nations, which you are about to dispossess, listen to fortune-tellers and to diviners. But as for you, the LORD your God has not allowed you to do this.
“The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen—just as you desired of the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die.’