It is Friday! That means its the last day of the reading challenge for this week. We are officially at the midway point in our study. I encourage you all to stay the course and keep reading. Also, it is not to late to join in the readings. Just because you haven't read the earlier chapters doesn't mean you can't read and gain insight into the chapters we are currently reading, so don't hesitate to join.
Today's reading is 1 Samuel 27-28
This chapter is somewhat confusing for me. David goes and strikes a deal with the Philistines to live among them. King Achish gives him a town to rule over, plus, David goes and raids neighboring towns each day. It appears that he is even raiding and killing Israelites. I'm not sure what to think about this or why David is even doing it. Is this some kind of fear tactic against Saul? Is David just trying to preserve his life? Either way, it seems to go against the nature of David, the warrior king of Israel.
Death is lurking and is near for Saul. Saul is frantic with fear as he sees the vast Philistine army, so he decides to consult a medium or psychic. These had been banned from Israel, but Saul is in a panic. Several things that this brought to mind for me: 1. obviously there is biblical evidence here that mediums and psychics can legitimately connect with the dead or the eternal - though he wasn't supposed to be doing this. 2. Saul is taking oath's in the name of the LORD, but he has no standing with God at this point. I can't imagine his oath means much in the eyes of God. 3. When Saul calls Samuel forth, he is told that soon he and his sons will be with Samuel - dead! This is some crazy stuff! This chapter leaves more questions for me than answers. I want to have the ability to ask follow-up questions about this. I don't want to read to heavily into this or get to focused on this part alone, but I'm fascinated with the idea that there are some people who may have an ability to connect with those in the afterlife; however, it is inevitably dangerous and not of God. What did this make you think?
Look forward to hearing your thoughts. Don't hesitate to post, even if you are just putting your favorite verse from the two chapters down. Believe it or not, people like to hear and know what you think, plus we can all learn from it.