Welcome back to Day Two of my Two weeks til Halloween or Reformation Day series. However you look at it – it’s the last day of October.
Random Tidbits of Info
The weather today is cold! It was in the thirties when we woke up this morning. You can hear the wind slightly howling outside the window. The skies are gray and overcast. It’s one of those days to snuggle up in an oversize sweatshirt, fleecy pajama pants and warm, fuzzy socks. The fireplace was on this morning and it was a good time to think about scary stories in the Bible.
Who knew the Bible had scary stories in it? I never really thought about it. The Bible is about life though and there are plenty of incidents in life that are quite scary. Some of those Bible stories seem like they would make a really good episode for Supernatural.
The Scary Story in the Bible
The first story that I thought of was Saul raising Samuel from the dead. The story can be found in 1 Samuel 28.
Samuel had just died. Saul had just expelled all the mediums and witches from the land. And now there was a Philistine army ascending upon him and he was becoming fearful. 1 Samuel 28:5, says, terror filled his heart.
He had prayed and it just didn’t seem like God was answering his prayers, not even through the prophets or through dreams. So he sent somebody to go find him a medium. He disguised himself to go meet this woman and tells her that he needs her to contact a spirit for him.
The Witch of Endor
She, of course, thinks that this is a trap that has been set for her, since the mediums and those who consult the spirits just got expelled from the land. So she asks him, Why do you want to set a trap for my life? (1st Samuel 28:9) Saul convinces her that she would not be punished. She agrees and Saul asks her to contact Samuel.
“Samuel?! You want me to conjure Samuel?!” she yells! “You’re Saul! I’m gonna die!”
Again, Saul reassures her that no harm will come to her. So she goes about the process of conjuring Saul. (I have seen the movie The Conjuring. It was scary). Saul asks her what she sees. In 1 Samuel 28:13, she replies, “I see a ghostly figure coming up from out of the earth.”
Okay, I think by then, I would’ve peed my pants. Saul, knowing it was Samuel, falls with his face to the earth, and Samuel asks, “Why did you disturb me?” Wow!!! Samuel was probably having a good old chin wag with Jesus, when he was disturbed. I can imagine he wasn’t very happy.
Do we ever think that maybe the dead don’t want to be disturbed? Just let them alone. Saul tells Samuel, I had you conjured up because the Philistines are attacking me. I keep praying but God is not giving me any answers. Samuel tells him that is because the Lord has departed from you and is now your enemy, because Saul didn’t obey God in regards to the Amalekites. Samuel doesn’t give Saul very good news. He tells him basically, that it’s over for him, he’s lost his kingdom, David is getting the kingdom now, and oh, by the way, your two sons will be joining me tomorrow.
1 Samuel 28:20 – Immediately Saul fell full length on the ground, filled with fear because of Samuel’s words. His strength was gone, for he had eaten nothing all that day and all that night.
Did he pass out? Did he pass out from fear or from hunger? I would’ve passed out from fear knowing that the Lord had departed from me. That would be sad. I wonder if he wasn’t eating because he was feeling depressed. If I had just heard all that, I would be feeling really depressed. It says that the medium and the men who were with him had to practically force him to eat something so he could get his strength back.
Isn’t it nice to know that the Bible tells us in 2 Timothy 1:7 that fear does not come from God? What if Saul had just kept on praying and waiting for God to answer? History, might’ve been totally different – if Saul had just obeyed when he was supposed to. We will never know though – it is what Saul chose to do. Choose wisely people.
And be careful when playing around with the supernatural. It’s real.
I cant leave this blog though without giving the good news. John 3:16 says it best.
For God, so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son. That whomsoever, believes in Him, shall not perish, but have eternal life.
Keep on believing. There is no reason to give into your fear – no matter what you are going through. God will be right there with you.
Okay, that’s all
What is your most scariest story in the Bible.