Tag Archive: Philistines


“One of the most interesting incidents recorded during this period is an encounter in which Saul asks a witch to consult the spirit of Samuel for him.  Of course God has severely condemned witches as deceivers and pretenders, and the witch herself surely does not expect Samuel’s real spirit to appear.  When God intervenes to call Samuel from the dead, no one is more surprised and frightened than the witch.  Saul’s resort to the heathen practice of divination, along with his previous disobedience to God’s commands, may well contribute to his downfall and untimely death.”

Read:  1 Samuel chapters 28 & 31, 1 Chronicles 10, 2 Samuel 4:4 and 2 Samuel 1

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Samson the Strong Man

“While the average Israelite seeks to till his land peaceably, it is still necessary to contend with the marauding Philistines.  The Philistines have moved throughout Canaan with ease.  Their unusually strong military arms seem to call for an unusually strong response, and it comes in the form of a Danite named Samson.  Samson is unique among the ‘judges’ in that he does not lead armies, but rather acts on his own, using a superhuman strength which God has given him.  Despite being bound by a Nazirite vow, even from birth, Samson is extremely carnal and of tempestuous temperament — hardly the righteous leader one might expect.  Nevertheless God uses him through exciting personal exploits to harass and destroy thousands of the Philistines.”

Read: Judges chapters 13, 14, 15, 16

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.
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