My 8/25/19AM sermon, Spiritual Desperation from 1 Samuel 28:3-25, is now online. What a passage? I bumped into a friend this week and they asked if I was preparing a sermon and I said, “Yes, on maybe one of the weirdest in the Bible.” They asked, “Which one is that?” I said, “You know that one where a king of Israel goes out and seeks out a medium to conjure up a spirit to give him advice?” She said, “I’m not familiar with that one.” Um, yeah.
So, my sermon sought to apply Saul’s spiritual desperation to us readers. Spiritual desperation often emerges out of crisis, so we should seek God now. And, it can lead to misguided actions, so remember that God’s Word is sufficient. I’m hoping this sermon is helpful.
Of course, questions have come as our curiosities are aroused. Things like: Where’d Samuel come from? Where would Saul and his sons soon go? Is this possible? I think Eric Ortlund said it best: “This narrative is more concerned to show us Saul’s downward spiral in contrast to David in chapter 31 that to answer our questions about divination or the afterlife.”
I hope the sermon serves you well if you give time to listening to it.