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The Antichrist, Barabbas and Sheba

This week’s sermon is about Sheba (2 Sam 20) whom the Scripture calls a “man of Belial”, which means “worthless” and is used as a name for Satan in the New Testament (2 Cor 6:15). It’s pretty remarkable most of the nation of Israel chose Sheba over David, but I think the whole situation is a type of the Jews embracing the antichrist…

The whole situation reminds me of the people’s choice of Jesus Barabbas over Jesus Christ (Mat 27:15-26).

Barabbas’ full name is Jesus Barabbas. If you remember when Jesus was talking to Peter, He called him, “Simon Bar-Jonah.” Bar means “son of” so to call Peter Simon Bar-Jonah was to call him, “Simon son of Jonah.” Now Abba means “father” so bar abba actually means son of the father; therefore, Jesus Barabbas’ full name was Jesus son of the father. God is called Father, but Satan is also called father. In John 8:42-44 Jesus was talking to the religious leaders and He said, “If God were your Father, you would love Me [but] You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning… he is a liar and the father of it.”

Barabbas was a liar and a murderer. He was of his father the devil. So when the Jews had to choose between Jesus and Barabbas, they were actually presented with the choice between TWO Jesus sons of the father: one Son had God as His Father and the other son had Satan as his father

Without hesitation the Jews cried out for the wrong son of the father. Also at Jesus’ trial in John 19:15 they told Pilate, “We have no king but Caesar.”Just like the Jews chose Barabbas and Caesar over Jesus, they’ll choose the antichrist over Jesus. By embracing the antichrist the Jews will be staying consistent with the behavior they’ve shown since they began as a nation. Not only should it not be surprising for them to embrace the antichrist, it should surprise us if they didn’t.

The word “anti” can mean opposed to, but it can also mean “instead of”, so the antichrist isn’t just opposed to Christ, he’s the “instead of” or evil replacement of Christ. In John 5:43 Jesus said, “I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive.” I think an earlier foreshadowing of all this took place though in Israel embracing Sheba, a worthless man, over David, the Man After God’s Own Heart.

One other way to look at the situation with Sheba is to see David as a picture of the spirit and Sheba as a picture of the flesh and how inclined man is to choose the flesh over the spirit. It’s reminiscent of Paul’s words at the end of Romans 7 where he says he does what he doesn’t want to do and doesn’t do what he wants to do.

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