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Mr.Talbot

Can you tell me your understanding of the story of the Witch of Endor?(1 Samuel 28)  Do you think this "person" that King Saul was speaking with, was actually Samuel, or do you think it was some other type of spiritual being? Some say that is was absolutely not Samuel?

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Hi Leah,

Mediums have no real power over those who have died, but at best can produce only counterfeit appearances--demonic imitations.

However, in this story, God intervened and allowed Saul one last visit with Samuel.

Verse 12 says, "When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out at the top of her voice and said to Saul, 'Why have you deceived me? You are Saul!'" SHE SAW SAMUEL. In verse 14, God tells us that "Saul knew it was Samuel." The narrative continues to make reference to Samuel. He is not described as one who appeared as Samuel. He is actually identified as Samuel.

Notice that the woman was surprised by Samuel's appearance and immediately realized that it was God, and not she, that raised up Samuel. The implication is that she did not really expect to raise up Samuel but only an imitation.

Scott

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I have studied the Bible and Bible-related topics since the time I was very young. My education includes a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Bible, and a Master of Divinity degree. I enjoy delving into deep theological issues and always enjoy a healthy debate. But more importantly, I like working with people and helping them to find the answers that they are looking for. And I am convinced that these answers are available in the Bible.

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By the grace and mercy of God, I have been saved, born again, adopted into the family of God. God has given me a love for the Bible, and for Bible-related subjects. In addition, He has blessed me with ongoing training in the Scriptures, from my youth on up. The more I learn about God through His Word, the more I want to share!

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Campus Crusade for Christ, Grace Church at Willow Valley

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Pillsbury Baptist Bible College - B.S. Bible & Pastorology; Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary - M.Div.

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