Endor was famous for the encounter between Saul and the witch. But equally as famous as the impending death of Saul was the resurrection at the very spot at the hands of Christ at Nain. The city is on the western spur of the hill of Moreh [see previous post].
Endor was part of the inheritance of the tribe of Manasseh. Josh 17:11 and as such would point to the inheritance of the gentiles amongst the children of Israel. Manasseh was a son of Joseph, the saviour of the world, and being born in Egypt and blessed to “grow like little fish into a multitude” Gen 48:16 At the time of the entrance of the land Manasseh would inherit additional allotments through the faith of Zelophahad, Num 36:2.
Saul the first king of Israel was given in God’s anger, and taken away in His wrath Hosea 13:11. It represented the people’s desire (Saul heb desire) but after a space of forty years (the same time of probation for the unfaithful in the wilderness) God would remove him Acts 13:22. This same desire would later kill the Messiah Acts 13:28. Saul was named after the youngest son of Simeon, and called a son of a Canaanitish woman Gen 46:10; Ex 6:15 from the mother most likely taken from Shechem in the events of Gen 34. Here was a man like Simeon who was willing to compromise on the value of covenants, using them deceitfully to achieve personal goals and benefits. Saul like Simeon was to create a tradition of behaviour in the nation, and after refusing the good council of God, offered through his brother Levi, killed them. This left Saul all by himself, and the only counsel left was a Canaanitish woman who had escaped the previous zealous purge of Saul.
[Incidentally the son Shaul looses his description of Canaanitish woman in 1Chron 4:24 when the number of sons is diminished from 6 (fleshly desire) to 5 (desire driven by grace). It would be a remarkable time for Saul when he would be given a name, and overcome both Esau and Amalek 1Chron 4:41,42 through becoming sons of Yishi (equivalent to Jesus/Joshua) Saul was also called Paul (little one) at a time when he despises the attitude of perverting the atoning work of Sergius Paulus, after who he gets his name Acts 13:11]
Christ would return to this very place. The events of Luke 7 provide an interesting insight into Endor. In luke 7 there was a man who approached him was also placed in authority. But his attitude was completely different. He was gentile, (Saul was a Jew) he loved the nation (Saul did not think of the best interests of the nation) he had soldiers under him (Saul had soldiers under him, but they fled away and hid!) he had servants to who he would say do, (Saul had to rely on Doeg an Edomite! to finish his requests) this man had faith, greater than any in Israel (Saul disregarded his need for trust altogether and went to Endor to seek guidance from a witch, who trusted in familiar spirits) Immediately after healing the daughter of this man Christ was at Endor and found a widow’s dead son. That is a woman whose father was dead (not unlike the nation whose Saul who considered that his Father in heaven had abandoned him, and so Saul did not represent God to the nation) Much of the city was attached to the procession. The result of spiritual abandonment is that it does not only affect yourself personally, but will invariably touch those around you. At the point where the son was at the gate of the city, (the nation about to be taken out of their domain and scattered in AD70) Christ then spoke to the dead son, the son (the nation, now spiritually energised by the message of God’s son = faith Rom 10:17) was resurrected and reconnected to her mother (spiritual connection with Sarah and the hope of spiritual inclusion in the promise). This message of Christ became the personal hope of others in the same hour Luke 7:21 leading to the time of around AD60 when the organised actions of the circumcision party was to destroy the ecclesia, kill James, expel Paul and lead to the events of AD70 (1 day = 360 years, 360/12 hours = 30 years)
For those coming to Endor that day in search for answers, there was a great prophet risen up for Israel.