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TEXT: I Samuel 15:22-23
Two weeks ago, we began looking at the second spirit in our series titled “Four Dangerous Spirits to Avoid.” We looked at the spirit of rebelliousness, stubbornness, disobedience, and witchcraft as shown in the life of Saul, the first king of Israel. Today, I want to expand on this topic and really explain the meaning of each of the sins that Samuel says Saul is guilty of. By doing this, we will be able to better identify any of these sins in our own lives, because that is the true purpose of this series — not just to talk about these sins in the historical lives of these biblical characters, but to see if we are guilty of these sins ourselves and to take the necessary steps to repent and get right with God.
1. The first sin that Samuel names is the sin of rebellion. The Webster’s American Dictionary defines rebellion as “an open and avowed renunciation of an authority to which one owes allegiance.” Thus, a rebel is a person who opposes someone whom he or she should obey. A rebellious person disregards his proper authority, be it spiritual authority or human authority.
2. The second sin that Samuel names is the sin of witchcraft. Samuel says, “rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.” When the Bible speaks of “witchcraft”, it is largely referring to the work of divination. According to Holman Bible Dictionary, divination is the “attempt to contact supernatural powers to determine answers to questions hidden to humans and usually involving the future.” The “witch of Endor”, whom Saul consulted with in 1 Samuel 28, was a necromancer, one who attempted to communicate with the dead in order to answer questions for the living.
3. The third sin that Samuel names is the sin of stubbornness. The Hebrew word for “stubbornness” literally means “to push, or to press, to be insolent.” A stubborn person is one who continuously goes the wrong way even though he gets blocked everytime; like a man who keeps driving down a dead end street thinking that he is going to get somewhere. Watchman Nee said, “Many of our spirits are too arrogant: they can teach others but can never themselves be taught. Many possess a stubborn spirit: they stick to their opinions even if they realize they are wrong.”
4. The fourth sin that Samuel names is the sin of iniquity and idolatry. Samuel tells Saul, “stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.” The Hebrew word translated as “iniquity” in our English Bibles simply means “idolatry” and the word that is translated as “idolatry” is a more specific reference to the physical idols (statues or images) that are used in idolatrous practices. Idolatry was also another big no-no for the children of Israel.
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