For lengths sake I didn’t insert the text. Please open your Bible to I Samuel 22.
In the 1970s Gerald Ford was our President and was known as “Mr. Nice Guy”. We have all known people like that. The very next President of the United States was Jimmy Carter. Yet in complete contrast President Carter had a beer guzzling, trouble making brother named Billy. We have all known people like him. Complete opposites. They are types of people that we have known or now know.
The apostle John’s teaching of the Antichrist also makes the above distinction as the two men just mentioned. In I John 2:18 he warns his readers “As you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have already come”. There is THE ANTICHRIST to come before the second coming of Jesus Christ (2 Thess. 2:1-12), and there are already many that have already come. At present time, and through history there have been antichrists who were predecessors of the Antichrist to come. John could distinguish who these men were by their false teaching (I John 2:22-23).
Another thing that characterizes these antichrists is they oppose and enter into conflict and try to crush God’s people (Rev.13:7-8). This is where king Saul comes in. In l Sam.22 we can see Saul for what he is. He is a shown here in opposition to God’s people as he has God’s priest butchered. Even in l Samuel 22 many antichrists have come.
Saul is having a regular pity party under his tamarisk tree in Gibeah. He is having a meeting with his main inner circle of men and asked them if they thought that David would hand out big government jobs with all the perks like he had. He is speaking to all of his inner circle because 3 times he refers to “all of you” (vs.7-8).
Doeg the Edomite knows exactly when to talk. Doeg is the chief herdsman (21:8) and he tells the King what he saw while he was at Nob. Remember, when we were in chapter 21:7 that I mentioned would be important later, and here it is. Doeg tells Saul that he noticed the son of Jesse (David) while in Nob. He goes on that Ahimelech asked God’s direction for David, that he fed him and armed him with Goliath’s sword.
Saul calls for Ahimelech and all of his fathers house. He can’t stand it any more. Saul asked Ahimelech’s aid Ahitub about what Doeg had stated (vs.12-13). Ahimelech chimes in with a very credible defense of his own actions (vs.14-15). At this point Ahimelech is pretty bold and asked questions of Saul. Doesn’t David have a very high rank and reputation in your kingship? Isn’t he the king’s son-in-law? Was me asking direction of the Lord something new? Haven’t I done this regularly for him? Where do you get all of this conspiracy information that you seem to have?(vs. 14-15). Remember that in chapter 21 Ahimelech did have some questions of David because the setting was abnormal but he apparently had no clear understanding of what was really going on.
I want you to look at the scene of terror and the bloodbath at Gibeah (vs.18), and the annihilation of the priests in vs. 19. What we see in these texts is that we believers have both a need for reality and a reason to have confidence as we face the work of the antichrists of our day. antichrists are all around us and we must be ready for them.
We will take a further look at the text next time.