Saturday, November 9, 2019

Does God LITERALLY Send Evil Spirits?

Does God LITERALLY Send Evil Spirits?

And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him. (1 Samuel 16:23; KJV)

Whenever God allowed the evil spirit to afflict Saul, David would play the harp, Saul would be relieved of his torment, and the evil spirit would depart. (v. 23; The VOICE)

Commentary: “It only remains to say that there is need of no other agency from God than the permissive.* Satan never needs to be sent on such a mission; it is only requisite that the Lord suffer him to go. Such permission is one feature in that awful retribution which God must send upon apostate souls. They having chosen sin and rebellion rather than obedience, and, consequently, evil rather than good, God leaves them to their own guilty choice, to ‘eat the fruit of their own way, and to be filled with their own devices.’”1

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1. Cowles, Henry Hebrew History from the Death of Moses to the Close of the Scripture Narrative (New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1875), p. 139


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