"The woman said, ‘Whom shall I bring up for you?' He (King Saul) said, ‘Bring up Samuel for me.' … The woman said to Saul, ‘I see a god [terrifying superhuman being] coming up out of the earth.'"
I Samuel 28: 11-13, Amplified Bible
"What Evil Talks Like"
"If I speak what is false, I must answer for it; if truth, it will answer for me."
Have I ever been led astray by false words?
"Evil tongues are the devil's bellows."
"The best protection against Satan's lies is to know God's truth."
He was chosen by God to be the first king of Israel. He was head and shoulders above everyone else. He was handsome, smart and stunning.
But as time went by, King Saul's real character, or lack of it, began to show. In place of a humble and obedient servant leader, an arrogant, mean-spirited, evil-tempered ruler began to appear.
Finally, in full-blown disobedience to God's instruction, Saul was told by the prophet Samuel that he would no longer be Israel's king. God had anointed another person. And so, backed into a corner by his Philistine enemies, King Saul sought the advice of a medium - a person whom God had told him should not be allowed in the country of Israel. In the words of God to Moses, "Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists" (Leviticus 19: 31 N.I.V.). You can't get more specific than that. But King Saul ignored God and hunted down a medium who appeared as a kindly woman with food. Just like Eve in the Garden of Eden, who was taken unaware by the disguise of a clever serpent, we find Saul wooed into a forbidden world. However, it wasn't just the way evil presented itself. Evil can also take us off guard by the way it talks. And "evil talk" can be treacherous.
I'd like to point out three specific characteristics of what I call "evil talk." To make the point, let's go to Genesis to the beautiful Eden home of Adam and Eve.
We find three giveaways that we're dealing with "evil talk" in Genesis 3. First, "evil talk" lies. In Genesis 3: 4, the serpent called God a liar - plain and simple. God told Adam and Eve they would "die" if they ate of the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. The serpent retorted, "You shall not surely die." Second, "evil talk" flatters. Genesis 3: 5 begins with the serpent flattering Eve and leading her to believe that God didn't want her to be as smart as He was. The serpent said, "If you eat of the fruit your eyes will be opened - you'll be like God." Finally, "evil talk" causes fear. The consequence of Adam and Eve's "fruit feast" resulted in fear, for we are told that when, "they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day…Adam and Eve hid themselves from the presence of God" (Genesis 3: 8).
Deception, flattery and finally the ultimate, fear - not wanting to be around your heavenly Father.
This is exactly what happened to King Saul.
When King Saul tread on forbidden ground, he tried to deceive the medium with a lie that he wasn't who she thought he was. Then he flattered her with kind words that he would protect her and last, fear not only filled the woman's life but Saul's as well.
I really got to thinking about my own life and the times I've been drawn into a web of evil - which I might add can be defined as disobedience to God or as we learned, the Hebrew word for disobey is simply "refusing to listen."
When I have refused to listen to my heavenly Father, it has nearly always been because I believed a lie or fell under the spell of flattering words and in the end I was left in a pit of fear. This is how "evil talks." It lies to us. Flatters us. And makes us afraid. Don't forget, our heavenly Father's words will never lie, falsely flatter or bring fear. Psalm 85: 8 reminds us to "Listen with expectancy to what God the Lord will say for He will speak peace to His people." (Amplified Bible)
"We know metals by their tinkling and men (and women) by their talking."
"O Lord almighty, Father of Jesus Christ our Lord, grant us, we pray Thee, to be grounded and settled in Thy truth by the coming down of Thy Holy Spirit in our hearts. That which we know not do Thou reveal; that which is wanting in us, do Thou fill up; that which we know do Thou confirm, and keep us blameless in Thy service, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord."
Dorothy Valcárcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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