Our story picks up with King Saul about to do battle and lost in total confusion. Samuel the prophet and advisor to King Saul has now died. Samuel
was born in 931 B.C. and became a leader from God in 890 B.C. He died in 877 B.C. at the age of 54. This left King Saul with no mediator between God
King Saul had two adjutants named Abner and Amasa who were just as confused as was Saul. Abner was the most influential man in this kingdom besides
the king himself because he was Saul’s cousin as well as his adjutant. None of these three men were faithful to the teachings of Samuel nor were
they believers of God’s power. King Saul sought communication in military matters but did not now have Samuel as the mediator between himself and
God such as in the past. His understanding of God was virtually destroyed and he did not understand that as a king he should have the ability to seek
God in these matters. In all reality Saul was anointed by God Himself and yet he knew not his very own God who anointed him. This teaches that all
men should seek God with one accord and that no man should rely upon another man for his salvation.
Saul then did what so many people do and sought another method of redemption, but still he did not choose the direct and correct method which was to
have sought God in these matters. Instead he concocted an evil way to communicate with Samuel, not realizing that this was more difficult than to
simply pray, repent, and seek the Lord God himself. Saul had become so dependent upon Samuel that he was blinded in all of these matters and here we
see that sharp contrast between Saul and David. David being such a man of God that he talked with his God and repented at each slip of the pathway.
He was a man who cried and bowed his back into the dust of the earth because of shame and yet he was a man who knew God better than most all men who
have ever lived.
Now it was that in all of the land of Israel that witches were to be swept from this land so that the evils of witchcraft would not be taught to
others and by this edict there should have not been a witch in the land of Israel. But Saul’s adjutant, Abner, had a mother, named Zephaniah, who
was a witch and while it has not been recorded as such, it brings to light that Abner’s mother may have been allowed to exist because of her son’s
great military status. This was that avenue which Saul had chosen and it bears out the belief in which there was not honesty in Saul’s government.
In fact he had no difficulty in knowing that his adjutant, Abner, could produce his mother at ease. If Saul had been a righteous king he would have
had no witch to seek out in the first place.
Abner’s mother was known as the witch of Endor because she lived in a small village about 6 miles S.E. of Nazareth on the feet of Little Hermon.
This was in the land of Issachar but among the tribes of Manasseh and here lays the town of Endor where Abner’s mother practiced her necromancy. In
necromancy the peculiar rule holds good that, unless it is summoned by a king, a spirit raised from the dead appears head downward and feet in the
air. Accordingly, when the figure of Samuel stood upright before them, the witch knew that the king was with her. Though the witch saw Samuel, she
could not hear what he said, while Saul heard his words, but could not see his person -- another peculiar phenomenon in necromancy: the conjuror sees
the spirit, and he for whom the spirit has been raised only hears it. Any other person present neither sees nor hears it.
And the king said unto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest thou? And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth. And he said
unto her, What form is he of? And she said, An old man cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he
stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself. And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am
sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams:
therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do. Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the
LORD is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy? And the LORD hath done to him, as he spake by me: for the LORD hath rent the kingdom out of
thine hand, and given it to thy neighbour, even to David: Because thou obeyedst not the voice of the LORD, nor executedst his fierce wrath upon
Amalek, therefore hath the LORD done this thing unto thee this day. Moreover the LORD will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of the
Philistines: and to morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: the LORD also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.
Samuel was buried in the garment which his mother had made for him and it is the belief that all of the dead will be resurrected in the garment which
they have been interred in. This garment he had worn all throughout his life and it is believed that this also bare the evidence that this was indeed
Samuel. This is also believed to this very day by the Jews.
The results of this were devastating for Saul as he heard the witch proclaim her findings. Samuel was indeed raised from beneath the earth and
appeared before the witch of Endor and then Samuel told Saul that the kingship would be taken from his head and given to David and that he and his
sons would be killed in this great battle. As was told before, no one could hear this conversation except Saul and Samuel and no one could see Samuel
except the witch herself. Both Abner and Amasa asked Saul what Samuel said and Saul lied to them as he told them that all would be well. The
following day Saul and his sons were dead as a result of this battle with the Philistines.
One could wonder at all of this as to ask why would God allow this to happen in the first place because the Levitical laws of Exodus 22:18 and
Deuteronomy 18: 10 told the people very clearly that no one is allowed to consort with the dead. But regardless of God’s permissive will compared
to His perfect will, He allowed this type of magic to exist. The Hebrews had learned this magic while they were in bondage to Egypt and in so doing
it was another of those abominations which God would prefer to have erased from their lives.
A necromancer was a person who could conjure up a corpse from his grave and from his armpit [joint] that one would speak in a very deep voice. Also
there were those who divine with a jawbone of an animal known as a Jidoa. The Jidoa had a form and face such as a human and was tied to the ground by
a cord attached to its navel. The necromancer would then place this jawbone in his or her mouth and it would speak untold secrets. Regardless of the
truth in this matter, it came about that God wanted all of this type of heathen practice and belief purged from His Hebrews and it was for this reason
that the witches were to be purged out of the land of Israel.
edit on 28-2-2018 by Seede because: spacing paragraphs for better reading