"Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had mourned for him and buried him in Ramah, his own city. And Saul had put the mediums and the wizards out of the land. And the Philistines assembled and came and encamped at Shunem; and Saul gathered all Israel and they encamped at Gilboa. When Saul saw the Philistine host, he was afraid: his heart trembled greatly."
I Samuel 28: 3-5, Amplified Bible
" Playing With Evil"
"We who live beneath a sky still streaked with the smoke of crematoria, have paid a high price to find out that evil is really evil."
Has there ever been a time in my life when I, "played with evil?"
What were the consequences of my actions?
"Of evil grain, no good seed can come."
"The wise (woman) in the storm prays to God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear. It is the storm within which endangers (us), not the storm without."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Before we move on in our study of the life of David and the women who entered his world, I want to take a few days to go back to I Samuel 28 which contains the story of the death of King Saul in a battle with the Philistines.
As the Israelites' fierce foe, the Philistines, gathered against God's people. We are told that when Saul looked upon this huge army arrayed against him, "his heart trembled." I find the Bible fascinating because we are told of King Saul's fearful response, after the passage in I Samuel 28: 3 that reminds us that Samuel, the prophet, had died and was buried in Ramah, the city where God's prophets had their headquarters.
Without any Godly influence in the land and in his own life, when King Saul saw what he was up against, fear was the only emotion that overwhelmed him. The author John Witherspoon pointed out that, "It is only the fear of God that can deliver us from the fear of man." However, throughout the book of I Samuel, with Saul repeatedly ignoring God, and flat out disobeying God, it is no surprise his actions ended up being the opposite to God's advice and warnings.
So when trouble came knocking on Saul's door in the form of the Philistine army, Saul looked inside himself and found emptiness. Samuel was dead and Saul was hollow.
In Proverbs 1: 25, Solomon wrote that when heavenly wisdom was speaking advice, "You treated as nothing my counsel and would accept none of my reproof." This was exactly King Saul's behavior. Over and over again he ignored God's advice through the prophet Samuel until the day came when God no longer gave advice to Saul. In fact, God told Samuel to stop grieving over Saul who had rejected heaven's help. All this happened as a direct result of Saul choosing to play with evil.
Too often, in my own life, I've come to the stupid and deadly conclusion that a little misbehavior doesn't matter, only later to find out that there's nothing such as "a little evil." It doesn't exist. There's either good or evil. As we note with King Saul, he had played with evil for so long, good was no longer on his radar screen. God wasn't part of his life anymore. What's more, the only time Saul thought about God was when he needed to be bailed out of trouble.
The result, Saul knew when he saw the Philistines camped against all of Israel, was that he had no relationship with God at all and thus, he could not ask God for help. Instead, he cast his fate with evil. And all of this began with the chosen King of Israel, thinking that evil could be toyed with.
While I Samuel 28: 3 says that the mediums and wizards, and the spirits of evil, had been thrown out of Israel, the evil spirit had not left Saul's heart and in a time of fear, it possessed him. John Flavel noted that "It is the servants of sin who are the slaves of fear."
In Saul's life we find that the servant to disobedience also became the servant of fear -- and it was with a heart filled with fear that Saul turned his back on the good and chose the evil. He rejected God's advice and went instead for advice from the medium of Endor. The consequence of entertaining evil!
"That which a (woman) spits against heaven shall fall back on (her) own face."
"When on life a darkness falls,
when the mist flows chilling,
paths and signposts lost in doubt,
loveless, unfulfilling, reach us,
Jesus, for Your cross,
though we feel forsaken;
keep us through the aching
night till new dawns awaken."
Brian A . Wren
"Lord, come as sweet, healing oil into my weary mind, my bruised heart and my dried-up soul."
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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