When Samuel came up from the grave to speak to Saul was it his soul speaking? His spirit?(How, if the spirit returns to God who gave it).
I have wondered about this myself. Also, I thought it strange that this spirit or whatever says, "why have you disquited me, to BRING ME UP"? Was the spirit asleep and God woke it up? If the spirit goes back to God why does this one say he was brought UP?
It says that Saul ask the witch "what sawest thou"? And the woman said "I saw gods ascending out of the earth". I am wondering here, why didn't she say "I saw Samuel" or "a man"? Instead she says "I saw gods". Apparently more than one god. It also says that Saul, "perceived it was Samuel"...not that it was Samuel. Samuel tells Saul in (1Samuel 28:19) "tomorrow shalt thou and thy sons BE WITH ME".
So many unanswered questions.
Then said the woman, Whom shall I bring up unto thee? And he said, Bring me up Samuel. And when the woman saw Samuel
, she cried with a loud voice: and the woman spake to Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceived me? for thou art Saul. And the king said unto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest thou? And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods (elohiym) ascending out of the earth. And he said unto her, What form is he of
? And she said, An old man
cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it was Samuel
, and he stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself. And Samuel said to Saul,
Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do.
doesnt fit in our theology..... too bad...... we must not know it all :o)
The "gods" she saw were "elohiym"....."mighty ones".......among them an old man- Samuel the prophet, disturbed from his rest- there is no equivocation in the narrative at all. The witch, Saul and the narrator(the Holy Spirit inspired Logos, IMO) all ascribe the words and the personage to Samuel in fact, not a devil in disguise...... that's i read it anyway :o)