I Samuel 28 Continued
15. Now Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?”
And Saul answered, “I am deeply distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God has departed from me and does not answer me anymore, neither by prophets nor by dreams. Therefore I have called you, that you may reveal to me what I should do.”
Here we have a difficulty. We know Yahweh specifically forbade going to mediums. We can read of this prohibition three times in the law. First, in Leviticus 19:31.
31. Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.
Next, in Leviticus 20:6.
6. And the person who turns to mediums and familiar spirits, to prostitute himself with them, I will set My face against that person and cut him off from his people.
Here, we read that those who sought after mediums and familiar spirits would be cut off from Yahweh’s people. This was a harsh penalty, but it was necessary to discourage the people from ever indulging in this false and wicked practice. Finally, the prohibition is repeated in Deuteronomy 18:10-12. Read the rest of this entry »