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Answering The Atheist
May 26, 2002 / Volume 2, Issue 21

We are told that Saul inquired of God, but God did not answer him (1 Samuel 28:6), but contrary then we read that Saul died because he did not seek guidance from God (1 Chronicles 10:13-14). Did he or did he not seek guidance from God?

It seems strange that the LORD would not answer Saul when he inquired of Him, but the reason is evident from the context of 1 Samuel 28. In the preceding chapters, he has busyed himself seeking the life of David. Now, with the Philistines gathered to war against him, he is compelled to turn to God, or is he? Were he truly repentant, God would have heard him and been a help to him, however, look at Saul's actions in verse 7, "....Saul said to his servants, 'Find me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her.'..." His actions speak volumes. He approached the Lord in form (physically doing so), but not in spirit.

And so, 1 Chronicles 10:13-14, in reference to this very event states, "So Saul died for his unfaithfulness which he had committed against the LORD, because he did not keep the word of the LORD, and also because he consulted a medium for guidance. But he did not inquire of the LORD; therefore He killed him, and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse."

There is no contradiction.

This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible