1 Samuel 22:17-19
Thu, 16 September 2021

Saul, a Type of Antichrist


What significant observations can you make about Saul’s character in verses 17 to 19?

Deeper Reflection
THE APOSTLE JOHN WARNS US that the Antichrist – the final antichrist before Christ’s second coming (2 Thess 2:1-12) – is coming, and that even now many antichrists have already come (1 Jn 2:18). John smelled these antichrists through their false teaching (1 Jn 2:22-23). Saul is “seen for the antichrist figure he really is as he has Yahweh’s priests summarily butchered [vv.18-19]. Even now, in 1 Samuel 22, many antichrists have come”26. Saul knew that these priests were “the priests of the LORD” (v.17). And when Saul ordered his guards to kill them, they were “not willing to put forth their hands to attack” them because they were “the priests of the LORD” (v.17). This refusal of Saul’s servants is “intended as a deliberate contrast”27 to Saul’s godless callousness. Saul stands among the ranks of antichrists28 like Pharaoh who sought to kill every Hebrew baby boy (Exo 1:22), Jezebel who “destroyed the prophets of the LORD” (1 Kin 18:4), Athaliah who wiped out almost the whole Davidic seed (2 Kin 11:1), Haman who “sought to destroy all the Jews” (Esth 3:5-6, 13) and Antiochus Epiphanes who “destroyed” God’s people “to an extraordinary degree” (Dan 8:9-14; 23-25; cf. 1 Maccabees 1). “In the course of history there are antichrist figures who prefigure the full embodiment of evil to come.”29 When such times come, we should not be surprised (cf. 1 Pet 4:12), but “stand firm and hold on to” the Word of God (2 Thess 2:15) and “be faithful until death” (Rev 2:10).
26 Dale Ralph Davis, 225 27 Dale Ralph Davis, 229 28 Dale Ralph Davis, 229 29 Dale Ralph Davis, 225

What are the antichrist figures that we can discern in today’s world?

Write a prayer to God as your response from your meditation on and application of the Scriptures.
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  • Pray for those in need:
  • Pray for self:

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Daniel 5:17, 25-31; 6:1-2
Mon, 5 June 2023

Serving from Babylon to Persia


What is the significance of Daniel serving in the Babylonian and Persian
courts successively?

Deeper Reflection
God’s word to Belshazzar that He would “put an end” to his kingdom and give it “over to the Medes and Persians” was fulfilled immediately – “that same night” (v.30) – after Daniel’s interpretation of the inscription on the wall (vv.25-31). God can fulfil His Word immediately or after a long time. Whatever time God may take to fulfil His Word, He is “trustworthy in all His promises and faithful in all He does” (Psa 145:13b, NIV).The demise of the Babylonian hegemony was not just a historical event, but primarily a theological one. Nebuchadnezzar was “My servant” whom God raised to judge His unfaithful people in the seventy-year Babylonian exile (Jer 25:8-9, 11). When God had accomplished His purpose through Babylon, “I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation” (Jer 25:12). This is how God deals with arrogant and evil nations: “And Babylon, the beauty of kingdoms, the glory of the Chaldeans’ pride, will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah” (Isa 13:19).The end of Babylon does not mean an insecure future for Daniel. However drastically our circumstances may change, God’s call for our lives remains when we walk with Him faithfully. We are secure in God’s call, because it is God’s call. Daniel became one of “the three commissioners” in Persia (Dan 6:1-2). It wasn’t that having lost his job Daniel applied to serve the Persian king. Daniel couldn’t do that. It was purely by royal appointment. But behind the “It seemed good to Darius to appoint” (Dan 6:1) was God’s call for Daniel to serve Him from Babylon to Persia.

How do I relate God’s call for me in drastic changes of my life situations?

Lord, I believe You have a calling for my life which You have intended to be distinctive for me. I want to live my life with a deep sense of answering Your calling. Help me to walk with You faithfully, knowing that as I do so, You will unfold Your plans for me in that calling. Grant me wisdom and understanding to discern Your calling for my life.
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  • Pray for those in need
  • Pray for self

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