References may be found in 1 Samuel.
WITCH OF ENDOR
- Where did she live and what was her occupation (1 Sam. 28:7)?
- Was she will known (28:7)?
- B. Did her practice meet the approval of God (Lev. 19:31; Lev. 20:6; Deut. 18:10-11; 1 Sam. 15:23; Gal. 5:19-21)?
Leviticus 19:31—Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.
Leviticus 20:6—And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.
Deuteronomy 18:10-11—There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
1 Samuel 15:23—For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
- Why then did Saul seek for her (28:5-6)?
- In what way did Saul come to her and why (28:8)?
- What plea did she make to him (28:9)?
- How did Saul answer her and what was his request (28:10-11)?
- Did she expect to bring up Samuel from the grave (28:12-14)?
- If so, why was she so excited in his presence?
- If she could have really called up the dead, would she have been so excited?
- What was Samuel’s speech to Saul (28:15-19)?
- How was Saul affected by this message (28:20)?
- What was her disposition then (28:21-23)?
- How did she supply strength to Saul (28:24-25)?
- Endor was a town in Manasseh, about four miles from Mount Tabor. Look on a map to see the exact location and explain what you know of the city.
- Necromancers are sorcerers practicing necromancy (magic). They were declared an abomination to the Lord, but were common in Egypt, Assyria and Babylon (Isa. 47:9-12; Dan. 2:2). Explain how the Lord felt about such people and their practices.
- A sorcerer is one who practices sorcery (Exo. 7:11). They were banned from Israel and called witches and were punished by death (Exo. 22:18).
POINTS TO CONSIDER:
- Is it sinful to consult fortune-tellers today? Why? (Lev. 19:31; Lev. 20:6; Deut. 18:10-11; 1 Sam. 15:23; Gal. 5:19-21)
- How do we renounce God in seeking the fortune tellers?
- Who in the New Testament times sought such influence of departed spirits (Luke 16:27-28)? The rich man died and was in torments and wanted Lazarus to go to his brothers to save them from that place.
- What is God’s final appeal (Luke 16:29-31)? Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
- What if the witch had turned the strength of her powers for good?