August 18, Reading 1 – 1 Samuel 28, 29

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SAA Notes

Saul starts his messiahship with a feast to the Lord (ch.9) and finishes using necromancy. Saul is religious, but he has never had a close relationship with God. He tries to talk to the dead Samuel, rather than the living Lord. Can you and I avoid Saul’s error?

SJA Notes

“And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD did not answer him,”

The LORD did not answer Saul.

What Saul then does is not the action of repentance at the Lord’s silence. He doesn’t come in humility before the Lord seeking forgiveness.

Instead Saul does what he always does, repeating the same pattern of seeking out the solution himself, using his own wisdom.

Saul is mired in foolishness.

This is a stark witness to us about how we make decisions, what wisdom should be to us, and also of what Jesus has done and is doing for us.

Because the Lord does answer His people.

He did answer in the act of sacrifice and love at the cross.

And He does answer as we walk this road, listening to Him, talking with Him, sometimes even crying out to Him with groans that cannot be made into words.

How good is it then that in Jesus we have a high priest who answers us and intercedes for us!

* Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for Your Spirit that works within us, Your people, as we walk the narrow road.

Please guide our steps, Your word as the lamp for our feet.

Please write Your word on our hearts Lord God, please plant it deep down and grow it, please Lord God open the eyes and ears of our hearts today.

That we might not sin against You. That we might be good soil and bear much fruit. That we might see and hear what You have for us today.

Amen.

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