An Evil spirit from the Lord
In the previous blog, (BRAGADAYJAH 861) we see the phrase, “An evil spirit from the Lord troubled Saul.” What does that mean? Did the Lord God, Most Holy, have at his behest, or in his armory an evil spirit or anything else evil? Of course not; for it is written God cannot be tempted with evil. As we have seen when Saul was anointed for his role as king of Israel, the Spirit of the Lord came upon him, strengthening him, giving him understanding, bravery, calmness and a sound mind, among other attributes. When, therefore, God’s Holy Spirit is taken away, his strength, his courage, his wisdom, his fortitude and all his other given attributes were stripped from him. Once the Spirit of God is not in us, surrounding and protecting us, the spirit of Satan moves in and drives us to an ungodly, wicked and unstable state of being. So we will hear King David in his hour of prayer for forgiveness say, “Lord take not the Holy Spirit from me.” He had seen what happened to King Saul once God’s spirit left him. One dimension of every human being is the spirit dimension. Man’s spirit is like a balloon filled with say, helium; if the helium leaks out, air immediately takes its place. The amount of air would of course depend in whose hands the balloon then is. But there would always be always some air to take the place of the discharged helium. In short, when God’s Holy Spirit is absent due to sin, Satan’s evil spirit immediately takes its place. So why does the text not say, “an evil spirit from Satan? The answer is firstly, that even in Saul’s fallen state, Satan could not touch him unless God permitted it, (God’s permissive will); and so secondly the emphasis is not so much on Satan’s intervention, but on God’s abandonment of Saul by removing from him, His Holy Spirit.