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The Doctrine of Christ - W. W. Prescott

The Doctrine of Christ - W. W. Prescott

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There are several things to be noted in the record of the experience of Saul in seeking a
message from the dead prophet. The Lord refused to give him any answer through channels of
communication which he himself had established. 1 Samuel 28:6. Saul then tried to secure some
information through a channel which the Lord had expressly forbidden to be used. When he resorted to
the woman who had the familiar spirit, he voluntarily placed himself on Satan’s ground, and submitted
to his working. The seance which followed is the exact parallel of modern seances. It was held “at
night.” Verse 8. Darkness is the abode of the evil angels, or spirits. Jude 1:6. After Saul had told the
medium that he wished to see Samuel the medium saw Samuel, just as mediums now see those who are
called for. The same evil spirit who impersonated Samuel told the medium who her caller was. The
conversation was between the medium and
Saul, or there would have been no occasion for the, presence of the medium. Saul did not see
anything, but from the woman’s description he recognized the appearance of Samuel as he had seen him.
Saul confessed that God had departed from him (verse 15), and he therefore resorted to one who
professed to deal with evil spirits, although he himself had driven all such mediums from the country.
Verse 3. It was impossible for Samuel to answer the call of the medium and to talk with Saul.
Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6, 10; 3:22, ARV. (Cf. 2 Samuel 12:21-23.) Satan made Eve see what was not true
(Genesis 3: 6), and he caused this woman to see some one who was not there, but one who was
impersonating Samuel. (Cf. 2 Corinthians 11:14.) From first to last this experience has a bad flavor, and
it is plain that the example of Saul is one to be shunned rather than to be followed.

Saul’s intercourse not with the prophet of God, but with an evil spirit.

“The Scripture account of Saul’s visit to the woman of Endor has been a source of perplexity to
many students of the Bible. There are some who take the position that Samuel was actually present at the
interview with Saul, but the Bible itself furnishes sufficient ground for a contrary conclusion. If as
claimed by some, Samuel was in heaven, he must have been summoned thence, either by the power of
God or by that of Satan. None can believe for a moment that Satan had power to call the holy prophet of
God from heaven to honor the incantations of an abandoned woman. Nor can we conclude that God
summoned him to the witch’s cave; for the Lord had already refused to communicate with Saul, by
dreams, by Urim, or by prophets. These were God’s own appointed mediums of communication, and he
did not pass them by to deliver the message through the agent of Satan.
The message itself is sufficient evidence of its origin. Its object was not to lead Saul to
repentance, but to urge him on to ruin; and this is not the work of God, but of Satan. Furthermore, the act
of Saul in consulting a sorceress is cited in Scripture as one reason why he was rejected by God and
abandoned to destruction: ‘Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the Lord, even
against the word of the Lord, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar
spirit, to inquire of it; and inquired not of the Lord; therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto
David the son of Jesse.’ Here it is distinctly stated that Saul inquired of the familiar spirit, not of the
Lord. He did not communicate with Samuel, the prophet of God; but through the sorceress he held
intercourse with Satan. Satan could not present the real Samuel, but he did present a counterfeit, that
served his purpose of deception. . . .

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