THE WITCH OF ENDOR

1-sam-28-witch-of-endorReferences may be found in 1 Samuel.

WITCH OF ENDOR

    1. Where did she live and what was her occupation (1 Sam. 28:7)?
    2. Was she will known (28:7)?
    3. 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.

Galatians 5:19-21–

    1. Why then did Saul seek for her (28:5-6)?
    2. In what way did Saul come to her and why (28:8)?
    3. What plea did she make to him (28:9)?
    4. How did Saul answer her and what was his request (28:10-11)?
    5. Did she expect to bring up Samuel from the grave (28:12-14)?
    6. If so, why was she so excited in his presence?
    7. If she could have really called up the dead, would she have been so excited?
    8. What was Samuel’s speech to Saul (28:15-19)?
    9. How was Saul affected by this message (28:20)?
    10. What was her disposition then (28:21-23)?
    11. How did she supply strength to Saul (28:24-25)?
    12. 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.
    13. 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.
    14. 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:

    1. 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)
    2. How do we renounce God in seeking the fortune tellers?
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. What if the witch had turned the strength of her powers for good?

HOW THE AMERICAN FAMILY HAS CHANGED

The American family has changed significantly over the past century.  If you’re interested in seeing exactly how, the Marriage and Religion Research Institute has created an interactive online tool which allows users to map demographic trends over time in a variety of ways, including by US state, ethnicity and gender.  You can have a look for yourself here.

The Institute has also published family trends, including demographic and population data, which might be of interest on their website here.  One significant trend is the huge increase in children from the 1970’s onwards who have parents who are divorced, co-habiting but not married, or have always been single; a significant change in up-bringing for a large number of children across America from that time.  For those children that live below the poverty line the trend is much worse but still begins around the same time in the early 1970’s.  If you live in the US, have a look at how your state is doing on the family front.

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ROLE MODELS FOR OUR CHILDREN

PONDER THESE SAYINGS:

  • Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
  • What you teach your own children is what you really believe in.
  • Nothing is so infectious as example. 

VISUALIZE THIS:

“Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest” (Pro. 6:6-8).

The Corinthian brethren were warned not to be like the Israelites who served as bad examples in 1 Corinthians 10:11: “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Paul commended the Thessalonians for being good examples in 1 Thessalonians 1:7: “So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.”

And in 1 Peter 5:3, elders are told to be examples to the church: “Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.”

After all the good examples we read about in Hebrews 11:1-40, the Hebrew writer says,

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds (Heb. 12:1-3, KJV).

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ROLE MODELS FOR OUR CHILDREN

Human Bondage

These are hard lessons for one so young, but knowing can make the temptations of life easier to bear (1 Cor. 10:13).

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human-bondageBowed by the weight of centuries he leans

Upon his hoe and gazes on the ground,

The emptiness of ages in his face,

And on his back the burden of the world.

Who made him dead to rapture and despair,

A thing that grieves not and that never hopes.

Stolid and stunned, a brother to the ox?

Who loosened and let down this brutal jaw?

Whose was the hand that slanted back this brow?

Whose breath blew out the light within this brain?

Is this the Thing the Lord God made and gave

To have dominion over sea and land;

To trace the stars and search the heavens for power;

To feel the passion of Eternity?

Is this the Dream He dreamed who shaped the suns

And marked their ways upon the ancient deep?

Down all the stretch of Hell to its last gulf

There is no shape more terrible…

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BAKED BEANS, SOUTHERN STYLE

baked-beans

1 pound of dried marrow beans or pinto beans soaked overnight.

2 cloves of garlic minced

1 onion minced or chopped finely

1 small diced red-hot pepper

1 bay leaf

¾ lb. salt pork, sliced or 1 lb. bacon pre-cooked

3 tablespoons molasses

¼ cup catsup

1 teaspoon dry mustard or Dijon’s style prepared mustard

½ teaspoon ginger

1 ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

½ teaspoon salt

¼ cup packed brown sugar

Sort and wash the beans.  In a kettle, Dutch oven or pressure cooker, add 6 cups of water to the beans and bring to a boil. Boil about two minutes and let stand for one hour. Add first five ingredients, bring to a boil and cook for 2 to 2 ½ hours. Drain, reserving 2 cups of liquid. To the liquid, add the remaining ingredients, except the sugar. Put the beans into a shallow baking dish or pan. Remove pork slices and arrange on top or use pre-cooked bacon pieces. Add the liquid. Sprinkle with the brown sugar. Bake, uncovered, in a hot oven (400F) about 1 hour. This recipe makes six servings.

A small collector’s cookbook, from which this was taken, was labeled “Legumes” and was part of the Woman’s Day Kitchen series #165. These free recipes were monthly publications offered in Red Owl grocery stores across Minnesota during the early 1960’s.

Conclusions on the Evidence

For families who love their children enough to teach them about such hard things.

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Conclusions on the Evidence

This post has been a long time in coming since other projects have taken priority,  but I still wanted to share one more post on evolution before moving on to the positive evidence that God does exist. I’d like to recap the major points from the previous articles examining the evidence for evolution, as well as share some statements from evolutionists themselves concerning their conclusions about the evidence.

Natural Selection

Seeing how changes in the environment could instigate changes in a population of animals, since the animals with the most “adapted” traits are most likely to survive, Darwin imagined how changes in traits might add up overtime, eventually creating an entirely new kind of animal.

  • But in every example of natural selection, such as peppered moths or deer mice, existing traits simply became predominate when favored by the environment. They were not genetically new traits created by the environment.
  • As…

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PUT OFF ANGER

MOTHERS, FATHERS, HUSBANDS, WIVES, CHILDREN TOO,

When it comes to anger, we sometimes let our “what-can-we-get-away-with” attitude show through a little.   The most leaned-upon scripture dealing with anger is, “Be ye angry, and sin not” (Eph. 4:26).  Even though it is factually true that anger is not necessarily sin in itself, it is not something that may be used with impunity. Consider these:

1) It can put our soul in danger. “But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment” (Matt. 5:22).  Everyone thinks he has a cause. Be careful.

2) It never works the righteousness of God. “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God” (James 1:19, 20).

3) A wise man is slow to anger (Pro. 16:32). Are you wise?

There are many other scriptures on being slow to anger (Neh. 9:17; Psa. 103:8; Psa. 145:8; Pro. 15:18Joel 2:13; Jonah 4:2; Nah. 1:3).

4) It is a glory to pass over a transgression (Pro. 19:11). Is that how you feel about overlooking things done against you? (Remember our lessons about forgiving others.)

5) He that rules his spirit better than man who takes a city (Pro. 16:32: Pro. 25:28). How strong are you? If you cannot control your own spirit, you need to seek help?

6) Just because anger is not a sin does not mean it is OK. God says to put off anger. “ Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice” (Eph. 4:31). “But now ye also put off all these: anger, . . .” (Col. 3:8).