Why did God send an evil spirit to Saul?


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1Samuel 15:1 Samuel also said unto Saul, The LORD sent me to anoint thee to be king over His people, over Israel: Now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the LORD.  :2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.  :3 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not, but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.

:20 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and have gone the way which the LORD sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.  :21 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal.

:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD?  Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.  Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, He hath also rejected thee from being king.

1Samuel 16:1 And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel?...

:13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: And the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward.  So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.

:14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.

        In 1Samuel 15:1 Holy Almighty God, through his prophet Samuel, anointed Saul 1st king of Israel.  In verse :3 God commands Saul to completely destroy Amalek, and all they own.

        In :20 Saul tells Samuel that he did as God commanded him, even as Samuel listens to the bleating of the sheep, which Saul did not destroy, along with the rest of the spoil he spared.
        In :22 Samuel tells Saul that God wants to be obeyed, not burnt sacrifices.  In :23 Samuel tells Saul this rebellion is sin and because he follows his own ways and not God’s, God has rejected him as king.
        In 1Samuel 16:13 God has Samuel anoint David 2nd king of Israel.  In :14 the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul.
Our Holy Father God Almighty is the ONLY Creator of all things, that includes evil spirits.  So without the protection of the Spirit of the Lord in Saul, an evil spirit (from, or created by the Lord) was able to come into Saul and trouble him.
Matthew 12:43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.  :44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out: And when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.  :45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: And the last state of that man is worse than the first…

        Our Holy Lord Jesus Christ has told us all things.  In Mat 12:43 He shows us when we have the Holy Spirit within us (when we believe Jesus is the Holy Only Begotten Son of God) we no longer have the spirit of the evil one within us.
But if we reject our Lord, no longer follow His ways, then by our free will we allow the spirit of the evil one to return (and return stronger) and dwell again within us, and as Jesus tells us in Mat :45 our place in God’s creation is much worse than our place before we knew anything of Jesus.

Thank you Holy Father God Almighty for increasing our wisdom and understanding as we seek Your wisdom, Your righteousness, Your ways through our Daily Bread, Your Holy Living Word, our Holy Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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