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King Saul

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Lesson 6: King Saul – Consulted A Medium


1 Samuel 28:1-20.

Consulted A Medium

If you reject God and turn away from Him, to whom do you turn? By definition, the enemy of God. When people were turning away from Jesus (John 6: 66 – 69), He asked the 12 – You do not want to leave too, do you? Peter replied, Lord, to whom shall we go? You (alone) have the words of eternal life. He recognised that truth and life have their source in one place only – Jesus. If you turn away from Jesus, you are equally, by definition, turning towards Satan – the devil, the enemy.

However, we need to be more specific here. Saul consulted a medium. He knew they were anti-God. He knew they were an affront, and abhorrent to God – yet he went ahead and consulted one. He gave, as it were, two fingers to God and went ahead with his selfish plan, regardless.

No wonder the witch was scared. She knew that Saul was God’s anointed king. He had the mandate from God to destroy her. And here he was visiting her.

However, they were both in for an even bigger shock. Mediums deal, as their father Satan does, in lies and deception. They never ‘contact’ the real person they proclaim to reach. They just connect to Satan’s replica – his phantom. The ‘voice’ they heard was just a sham and a counterfeit. So you can imagine the shock horror for both the medium and Saul when Samuel appeared right in front of their eyes.

Why God permitted that to happen I don’t know. What I do know is that it created fear in both Saul and the medium. You cannot play with God and get away with it, and you cannot play with the occult – in any of its forms – and not get ‘burnt’.

People may be drawn to horoscopes, tarot cards, palm-reading and the invitation to séances but please be assured of this – God is against them. They are in direct opposition to the Living God, and any contact with them or indulgence in their ways will reap havoc in your life. It equally applies to occultist books – whether describing occult activity in detail or just from a witchcraft perspective in fiction.

Open the doors of your mind to the enemy in any way and he or his forces will come in – they do not wait for a second invitation. Humanism, Eastern religions and New Age philosophy are equally suspect. Looking for the god within you is tantamount to demon delusion. The Bible is very direct – the heart of mankind is desperately wicked and can only be redeemed by God through Jesus Christ.

If you have been misled and succumbed to their influence, you need to repent and ask God’s forgiveness and cleansing or you will forever experience a barrier between you and God.

Only God can set you free. We will do well to learn from King Saul.

King Saul would say to us today...

Don’t mess with mediums or the occult – it opens the door to all the forces of evil and because you have empowered them you will not be able to stand against them.


Father, Jesus told us to pray – deliver us from the evil one. Please keep me free from the enemy’s schemes, deceit and perversion. For Yours is the Kingdom, the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Additional readings

Deuteronomy 18:9-13; Luke 11:14-26; Acts 19:13-20.


Why are we tempted to look into the things of the enemy?

How can we get out from underneath his clutches?

Why is there such a fascination with the occult today?

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