The woman we are looking at today was no ordinary woman. She was, in fact, a medium. A medium is defined as a person claiming to be in contact with the spirits of the dead and to communicate between the dead and the living. Today we would call her a necromancer, psychic, or more simply, a witch. The medium’s story is told in 1 Samuel 28:7-25 and she is mentioned again in 1 Chronicles 10:13.
Israel’s small army was being attacked by the Philistine army. Their leader and first king, Saul, was depressed and full of fear. Because of his repeated disobedience and rebellion against God, God was no longer speaking to him and he did not know what to do. Saul wished for the prophet Samuel who had died a few years earlier to tell him what to do, so he told his servants to find a medium who could consult with the dead. They immediately found the witch at En Dor.
Saul knew he was wrong to seek out a medium and the medium knew she was wrong for being a medium. In Leviticus 19:31, we read that God told the Israelites: “Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.” He even said that all who practiced witchcraft must be put to death. Leviticus 20:27 reads: “A man or a woman who is a medium, or who has familiar spirits, shall surely be put to death; they shall stone them with stones. Their blood shall be upon them.” Yet, Saul and the medium had no regard for God and continued on with their dark business. Even though we aren’t told what happens to the witch, we do know that Saul came to a dreadful and disgraceful end. Despite being a witch, the Bible does not imply that the medium at En Dor was a hateful or despicable person, so what can we learn from her?
1. The medium at En Dor sold her soul to the devil. Just like there were mediums in Bible times, there are mediums today. And they aren’t anything like the fairy tale kind who wear pointy hats, fly around on broomsticks, and conjure up cackling laughter at every turn. Wicca and other occult practices have spread quickly throughout the world. Many people today are fascinated with black magic. Occult is defined as “hidden, secret and mysterious, particularly pertaining to the supernatural.” Occult practices may seem harmless at first and that is what Satan would have us believe. But 1 Peter 5:8 warns us: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
All Satan wants to do with us is destroy our lives. He does not value us because God created us. He does not love us because God loves us and anything that God loves, Satan hates. From the beginning of time, Satan has only been out to steal, kill, and destroy. Like the medium at En Dor, Satan wants us to sell ourselves to Him so that He can claim our souls and wreck our lives. He makes the occult look inviting and entices us to take a walk on the dark side without telling us that it only leads to misery, pain, death, and hell.
However, there is another force that is fighting for our souls. A force of light and good. A force that has our best interests at heart. Because God made us, He values us. He loves us so much that He sent His Son to die for us.
Jesus invites us to come out of the darkness. Jesus invites us to come to Him as we are. Matthew 11:28-30 says: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” When we turn ourselves over to Satan, we allow darkness to take control. Eventually, we might find ourselves doing horrible things that we have no power to stop. But when we choose to follow Jesus, light invades and where there is light, there is life.
No one is too far gone into darkness that the light cannot redeem. The way of light may not look glamorous. It is straight and narrow, but it leads to joy, peace, eternal life, and paradise.
We are not of the night. We are not of the darkness. We are children of light. We are children of God.