We shall continue with the study of the life of David after the Easter pause last week. When we left off we saw how God’s enemies prove the truthfulness of The Word of God. This week we will look at ! Sam. 22:16-19:
“And the king said, “You shall surely die, Ahimelech, you and all your father’s house.”  And the king said to the guard who stood about him, “Turn and kill the priests of the LORD, because their hand also is with David, and they knew that he fled and did not disclose it to me.” But the servants of the king would not put out their hand to strike the priests of the LORD.  Then the king said to Doeg, “You turn and strike the priests.” And Doeg the Edomite turned and struck down the priests, and he killed on that day eighty-five persons who wore the linen ephod.  And Nob, the city of the priests, he put to the sword; both man and woman, child and infant, ox, donkey and sheep, he put to the sword”.
The antichrist’s passion is to crush and destroy God’s people (Dan.7:21-22,25; Rev.13:7-8). We see in our text that king Saul is proving himself to be against the Lord God as he vents his fury upon God’s priests in the town of Nob. Saul completely destroys a town of Israel as though it was an enemies. One of my commentaries has a quote that I would like to quote:
“This is open war against the servants of the Lord, and therefore against the Lord Himself, and the refusal of the servants, who are by no means sensitive men, to lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed (priests) is intended as a deliberate contrast”. (Hans Wilhelm Hertzberg, I & II Samuel, The Old Testament Library, Philadelphia: Westminster, 1964) pg. 188.
It is true that Saul doesn’t destroy all of Israel, as he kills ONLY 85 and their families. He doesn’t wipe out all the cities of Israel, but only one town. But the antichrists throughout the ages are not measured by how many they kill; they are known because they are destroyers of God’s people. Saul, even though smaller in scale than some of the previous antichrist, still remains in company with them. Think of Pharoah who killed many male Hebrew babies (Exodus 1:22). He is also in company with Balak and Balaam who by a curse and by advice and who attempted the destruction of all of Abraham’s seed. And there are the Jezebels and the Athaliahs who tried to destroy all of David’s seed. Saul may appear as small time compared to the antichrist Haman and to Antiochus Epiphanes, but the difference is only by number and not by intent.
I think that there is one comforting fact in this; antichrists always seem to be fragile and weak. I think that we can easily see this here in chapter 22. Yes, Saul can have the priests slain just by giving the order as long as the command is obeyed by someone. To me, this is the point. Saul doesn’t have anything left but his power to command. He is becoming more and more isolated by killing off the true support he could have had. We have seen that he pushed away his own son, he has killed God’s priests, and disappointed his closest servants. Saul had it all but we see him in the process of losing everything. Now, all King Saul can say is “Doeg is for me”. When all you have is a Doeg on your side you are in big trouble.
To see the weakness of Saul’s power is the comforting part of this very sad story. I believe that it is some encouragement and adds to the apostle John’s statement “even now many antichrists have come and gone” ( I John 2:18).
Until next Sunday, Lord willing!!!