When I got to Samuel 28:12 I got to thinking about mediums and what they exactly were, etc and how she was able to have Saul communicate with Samuel. 

A medium is an intermediary between the physical world and the spiritual world. The link to this passage says:

“King Saul’s sinful use of a medium is recorded in 1 Samuel 28. The prophet Samuel was dead, and King Saul was frustrated that God had ceased telling him what to do through prophets or dreams. So the king, in direct violation of God’s Law and his own previous command, told his men to find a medium who could communicate with Samuel (1 Samuel 28:3). This medium conjured Samuel, and Saul communicated with the dead prophet. Theologians discuss whether this conjuring was a physical reappearance of Samuel or merely an image of him. There is also some question whether or not the medium actually meant to conjure Samuel, as she seems to have been the most surprised at his appearance—“When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out at the top of her voice” (verse 12). Perhaps she was a fraud who did not expect to actually see a spirit, or perhaps she was expecting to communicate with her “familiar” and not with Samuel directly. Either way, God seems to have allowed Samuel’s conjuring in order to drive home His point to Saul. The prophet’s message to Saul was one of doom (verses 17–19), and he died the next day. First Chronicles 10:13–14 reveals that Saul’s interaction with the medium was an important part of why he was dethroned and his dynasty cut short.”

The passage above is taken from https://www.gotquestions.org/what-is-a-medium.html – this has a lot more information. It also gives more information on why the Bible in both the New and Old Testament state this practice is a sin.)When researching through information for this post I also came across this book which I will be adding to my extensive reading list: https://www.christianbook.com/truth-behind-ghosts-mediums-psychic-phenomena/ron-rhodes/9780736919074/pd/19078?event=AFF&p=1011693&#CBD-PD-Description

MyPath2God.com recieves no money or referral fees from the link above. You can also buy it from Amazon (I just did to have it sent to my kindle.) I would rather give the Christian company my money, but being able to have all my book on one device is too much of a necessity.

When getting to the passage of Samuel 20:41 it had a line that said David and Jonathan kissed each other? I thought this a bit odd and was curious about it. 

In doing some research apparently there is a bit of a question as to if they were possibly homosexual lovers. This website has a giant write up about that topic disputing this theory: http://coldcasechristianity.com/2012/were-david-and-jonathan-homosexual-lovers

Another LGBT site that believes they were lovers lists their points here: http://qspirit.net/david-jonathan-same-sex-love/

My personal thoughts are that they were not lovers, but just very close.

Update: Hmmm… I found another site that makes some excellent points on why maybe they were possibly gay lovers. http://qspirit.net/david-jonathan-same-sex-love/  

 

I did not understand the verse: 
New International Version

“But an evil spirit from the LORD came on Saul as he was sitting in his house with his spear in his hand. While David was playing the lyre,” http://biblehub.com/1_samuel/19-9.htm

How or why would an evil spirit come from the Lord? 

This site https://markdriscoll.org/does-god-work-through-demons/ has three theories, a tormenting demon, a bad temperment, or a harmful spirit from God; all of which have some merit in explaining this verse. 

https://www.gotquestions.org/evil-spirit-Saul.html this site has some excellent explanations on the passage as well. Explaining instances where “God allowed Ananias and Sapphira to be filled with the spirit of Satan as a warning and example to the early church (Acts 5:1–11).”

In the Bible it says that Goliath was 4 cubits and a span, just how tall is that? According to Wikipedia it says he is 6 foot 9 inches or 2.06 meters. 

Also according to Wikipedia the mesoretic text puts him at nine foot nine inches, as their 6 cubits and a span which is 9 foot and 9 inches or 2.97 meters. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goliath

His armor which was weighed 5000 shekels which according to this handy conversion site https://www.convert-me.com/en/convert/history_weight/bibshekel.html?u=bibshekel&v=5%2C000 is 125 pounds.

When I got to the passage in Samuel 15:11 it said:

New International Version
“I regret that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.” Samuel was angry, and he cried out to the LORD all that night. http://biblehub.com/1_samuel/15-11.htm

I was a bit confused, as I am sure many are… isn’t God omniscient? How could he regret doing anything? There is also the possibility that the way he created human “free will” and time, that he made it so that even he could not know exactly what a person would do? I’m sure if he chose to, he could, but maybe chooses not to? As humans, I am sure we are like children trying to understand advanced calculus here, but at each of these road blocks, I have to research and see what I can find. 

This website is from a podcast with a Pastor who answers questions: http://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/why-does-god-regret-and-repent-in-the-bible I did not unfortunately find this response super helpful, left me even more confused, but thought I would share since he makes some good points though. 

Another site I found that makes a similar point to the one above, but explains it in terms that I found easier to understand says “When God reflects on the disobedience of Saul, he uses a word that makes sense to us: the word “regret.” But this doesn’t mean God was ignorant about Saul’s sin or caught off guard by his rebellion. As John Piper points out, God is quite capable of lamenting a state of affairs he himself foreknew and brought about.” https://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/kevindeyoung/2014/10/07/does-god-have-regret/  — I encourage you to read the whole passage, they make some excellent points. 

From what I have read it seems that a prophetic ecstasy is a trace, or an outer body state where the person has no control of their body. 

“In the Old Testament ecstasy was associated with bands or schools of prophets (1Samuel 10:5,1 Samuel 10:9 ; 1 Samuel 19:20 ; 2 Kings 9:1 ). The ecstatic state was often accompanied by music (1 Samuel 10:5 ; 2 Kings 3:15-16 ) and rhythmic dance, though the “prophetic frenzy” was brought on by the onrush of the Spirit of God” https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/hbd/e/ecstasy.html