NextLevel Online: 1 Samuel

Session 13: Saul and the Witch of Endor (1 Samuel 28)

This session gives us the details that drive home Saul’s depravity:


Classroom Instructions

Materials: Lesson Outline

Hearing the Story

  • Setting the Scene

  • Details that Drive Home Saul’s Depravity:

    • Pun on “asking”...

    • Removing his robes...

    • Promises protection in Yahweh’s name ...

    • Possible overtones from the meal...

    • Pervasiveness and growth of fear...

  • Samuel’s Response

Questioning the Story

  • What is the meaning in context?

  • Is this real?

  • What do we do with this today?

    • Stay away from actual magic.

    • Don’t confuse magic and faith.

    • Turn to the Word.

Questions for Reflection and Discussion:

  • How surprised are you at just how far Saul falls? Why?

  • Under what circumstances would you resort to consulting to something like what we see in the text? Why?

  • Google “Christian witches” and follow a few of the top links. Are you surprised by this? What would you say to a friend considering mixing Christianity with witchcraft?

  • In what ways have you approached religion as if it were almost a magic formula to get God to do what you want or need?

  • Though you may never turn to magic or the occult, where might you turn for wisdom we should seek from what God has revealed in Scripture?

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