Saul has reached his breaking point and pursues help…in the form of a witch. He is frustrated by God’s lack of communication, so he channels the one prophet who always knew what to say: Samuel. If he expected Samuel to join his pity party, he was wrong. Samuel rebukes him and then adds to his despair by telling him that he and his sons are going to die. This pushes Saul into hopelessness, because has already pinned his hope on things that will fall.
- 1 Samuel 28