Twelve men on a boat are besieged by a storm. Suddenly they see, amongst the lightning, a spectral shape. Hundreds of years earlier, a king throws a party that’s interrupted by some thing that’s not on the guest list: a ghostly hand that scrawls a haunting message on the palace wall. Generations before that, another king with a tragic backstory sneaks into a darkened tent to inquire of the dead, not his parents, or his wife, but the very prophet who doomed his royal house. What are the scariest ghost stories in the Bible, and why?
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- Just in case, if we say “story” about these narratives, we mean true story.
- It’s better to say the word “accounts” to remove all doubt: this is history.
- Some folks like to find spooky/outrageous takes on parts of the Bible.
- But the Bible is best read not piecemeal but within redemptive history.
- Don’t go to the Bible treating it like Spirit Halloween, looking for decor!
- The Scripture’s main Hero is not nephilim, angels, demons, or monsters.
- The Hero is Jesus Christ. We must not chase monsters and ignore him.
1. Beware the king who inquired of the dead (1 Samuel 28)
2. Beware the floating hand that inscribes doom (Daniel 5)
3. Beware the Savior himself (Matt. 14:24–33, Mark 6:45–52)
- How scary did you find your first exposure to these accounts?
- Do you think Samuel in 1 Samuel 28 was a real “ghost”?
- Do you feel fearful or excited by “the fear of the Lord”?
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