Sometimes, to really get God’s attention, a prophet just has to get naked. At least that’s the way it worked for Saul.
The story begins with Saul being plagued by an evil spirit from God.
And the evil spirit from the LORD was upon Saul. 1 Samuel 19:9
Then Saul tries to kill David, but David’s wife, Michal, helped him escape.
So Saul sent messengers to find David, but they found Samuel and a group of prophesying prophets instead.
And Saul sent messengers to take David: and when they saw the company of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as appointed over them. 19:20a
When the messengers saw everyone prophesying, the Spirit of God came upon them and they started prophesying too.
The Spirit of God was upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied. 19:20b
When Saul found out that his messengers were prophesying, he sent more messengers--and when they got to the prophesying party, they started “prophesying likewise.”
When it was told Saul, he sent other messengers, and they prophesied likewise. 19:21a
And when Saul heard that his second set of messengers were prophesying, he sent a third group of messengers and “they prophesied also.”
And Saul sent messengers again the third time, and they prophesied also.19:21b
After sending the three groups of messengers who all began prophesying, Saul decided to go there himself. As soon as he arrived, the Spirit of God came upon Saul also, and he began prophesying.
And he [Saul] went thither to Naioth in Ramah: and the Spirit of God was upon him also, and he went on, and prophesied. 19:23
And not only did Saul prophesy, but he stripped off all of his clothes “also.” Apparently when the Spirit of the Lord comes upon you and you start prophesying, you’ve got to take off all your clothes. God likes to see what he’s dealing with.
And he stripped off his clothes also. 19:24a
Saul was naked in front of God and everybody all day and all night.
And lay down naked all that day and all that night. 19:24b
That’s why they say, “Is Saul also among the prophets?”
Wherefore they say, Is Saul also among the prophets? 19:20-24c
I know that’s why I always say it.
But how come nobody prophesies naked anymore?