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April 4 - Morning

"When Saul saw the Philistine army, he was afraid; terror filled his heart. He inquired of the Lord, but the Lord did not answer him by dreams or Urim or prophets. 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.

So Saul disguised himself, putting on other clothes, and at night he and two men went to the woman.

'Consult a spirit for me,' he said, 'and bring up for me the one I name.' "

- First Samuel 28:5-8

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The Dead Prophet Samuel Speaks from the Underworld When
Saul Violates His Own Law by Seeking God's Word through a Medium God Forbids

The Philistine army assembled at Aphek and moved north setting up camp in Shunem on the southwest slope of the Hill of Moreh to meet Saul’s military in the Jezreel Valley. Israel’s forces assembled on Mount Gilboa. (The Hill of Moreh is in the middle of the Jezreel Valley between Mount Tabor on the north edge and Mount Gilboa on the south edge of the Valley.) (Map HERE.)

The Lord had cut off all communication with Saul due to his arrogance and rebellious behavior. Saul had no prophets since he had disobeyed Samuel, but David had Gad (1 Samuel 22:5). Saul had slaughtered the priest so he did not have access to the urim and thummim, but the sole surviving priest had fled to David with the ephod containing the urim and thummim which David often used. For some unknown reason Saul had expelled all the mediums and spiritists from Israel which was in agreement with the Law of Moses in Leviticus 20:6 where the Lord says:

“I will set my face against the person who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute himself by following them.”

But, in spite of this Law and in violation of his own decree Saul commands his personal attendants to, “Find me a woman who is a medium!” And, interestingly, they knew there was a woman practicing the occult just on the other side of the Jezreel Valley in the town of Endor.

In a state of great fear Saul disguised himself and made the short journey across the valley slipping past the Philistine camp to ask the medium to consult the dead prophet Samuel. The events that transpire as the medium calls Samuel and as Samuel rebukes Saul one final time leave many questions unanswered and challenge any honest person’s theology. The intensity of this unexplainable situation that violates the law of the Lord even as the illegal and forbidden medium produces Samuel from the underworld with an accurate word from the Lord seems to indicate that the confusion left for the reader to sort through is intentional.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"The pendulum is swinging from denying the existence of God to embracing
some kind of spirituality."
- Galyn Wiemers

Something to Ponder??

Sin affects these things:

- Human Destiny including eternal destiny, eternal rewards and opportunities
and blessings in time
(2 John 8)
- Human Will – Jesus came to set the captive free.
This captivity is not
physical bondage, but
the will of man.
(Luke 4:18)
- Human Body – sickness is directly or indirectly associated with sin
(John 5:14; 1 Cor. 11:30)
- Other Humans – much of the suffering in the world
can be traced back to the
sin of other people.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

‘Alah (Hb) – Ascend (Eng) – ‘alah is the Hebrew word that means “to go up,” “to ascend,” “to climb,” and “to offer up” in reference to going to a higher place. ‘Alah also is used to communicate “grow,” “superior,” “to take a journey,” and “to reach.” See Genesis 2:6; Joshua 18:12; Ezra 2:1.
In Exodus 1:10 ‘alah is translated “overpower.”


The biblical record of Persia returning the exiles to Judah and the Persians ruling Judah through a governor is confirmed with coins minted in Jerusalem with the figure of a falcon with spread wings and the inscription YEHUD (Judah) in Aramaic. (Details here. Photo here and here.)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information

Do I create difficult situations by trying to achieve God's will while violating God's laws?
I will seek to live in obedience to God's righteousness and wisdom and thus minimize creating complicated and conflicting scenarios.

  "Cherish her (wisdom), and she will exalt you;
    embrace her, and she will honor you."

- Proverbs 4:8
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Excavation beside the Jebusite Wall (Millo). A chart highlighting Ephesians 4:7-16.
Excavation beside the Jebusite Wall (Millo).
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A chart highlighting Ephesians 4:7-16.
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