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What does 1 Samuel 19:24 mean when it says Saul was naked while prophesying?

An act of humility

The word “naked” when Saul was prophesying in 1 Samuel 19:24 simply means that Samuel laid his royal mantel aside and stayed in a tunic, an inner garment commonly worn at home (Isa. 20:2).  This he did as an act of humility before the King of Kings. Samuel was not immodest but was ragged or poorly dressed (Job 22:6; 24:7, 10; Isa. 58:7). Thus, he was clothed like one of the students in the school of the prophets and not like a king.

The Holy Spirit produces good behavior

The Bible has many examples of people being filled with the Holy Spirit but there is no mention of anyone losing their composure because they were baptized with the Holy Spirit. In fact, there is a holy, noble dignity that God bestows upon His Spirit filled children (Ephesians 5:4; Galatians 5:22-23).

The idea that people lose control when they receive the Spirit is not consistent with Scripture “The spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets” (1 Corinthians 14:32). True prophets had control over their own minds and bodies.

The pagan prophets of Baal on mount Carmel jumped, moaned and cut themselves. By contrast, Elijah quietly knelt and prayed reverently (1 Kings 18:17-46). When Jesus healed the berserk, demon-possessed man by the sea, the man was seen later “sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind” (Luke 8:35).

The Bible says the Holy Spirit comes upon God’s children, not for the purpose of giving them improper behavior but for the purpose of making them witnesses (Acts 1:8). The Spirit is given that we might proclaim His Word to the world (Acts chapter 4).

God gives His children the spirit of sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). That is, good sense that keeps them free from the sins of fanaticism and erratic practices. Uncontrollable actions and emotions are contrary to the nature of the Holy Spirit.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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