Bethel Baptist Church

"For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen." Romans 11:36

The Beacon

HOW DID GOD SAVE JERUSALEM FROM THE ASSYRIANS?

(2 Kings 19:32-35)

 

The Assyrian king, Sennacherib, surrounded Jerusalem with a mighty army and demanded surrender of the city.  His officers told Hezekiah, King of Judah, that no power could stand against the might of the Assyrian army (2 Kg. 18:33-35).  They made fun of the Lord God.  Hezekiah prayed and asked God to save Jerusalem (2 Kg. 19:14-19).  That night, God destroyed the whole Assyrian army with a miracle that showed His unlimited power.  “And it came to pass that night that the angel of the Lord went out and slew in the camp of the Assyrians 185,000; and when men arose early in the morning, behold they were all dead bodies” (2 Kg. 19:35).

 

The following poem by George Gordon (Lord Byron), gives a well-painted picture of how God’s miracle may have taken place around 700 B.C., outside the walls of Jerusalem.  Does the poet show a high view of the sovereignty of God? 

 

THE DESTRUCTION OF SENNACHERIB

By LORD BYRON (GEORGE GORDON)

 

The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold,

And his cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold;

And the sheen of their spears was like stars on the sea,

When the blue wave rolls nightly on deep Galilee.

 

Like the leaves of the forest when Summer is green,

That host with their banners at sunset were seen:

Like the leaves of the forest when Autumn hath blown,

That host on the morrow lay withered and strown.

 

For the Angel of Death spread his wings on the blast,

And breathed in the face of the foe as he passed;

And the eyes of the sleepers waxed deadly and chill,

And their hearts but once heaved, and forever grew still!

 

And there lay the steed with his nostril all wide,

But through it there rolled not the breath of his pride;

And the foam of his gasping lay white on the turf,

And cold as the spray of the rock-beating surf.

 

And there lay the rider distorted and pale,

With the dew on his brow, and the rust on his mail:

And the tents were all silent, the banners alone,

The lances unlifted, the trumpet unblown.

 

And the widows of Ashur are loud in their wail,

And the idols are broke in the temple of Baal;

And the might of the Gentile, unsmote by the sword,

Hath melted like snow in the glance of the Lord!

 

Joseph A. Teisan

(1931 – 2018)

Are you ready? 

“It is a solemn thing to part company with the old year,” said J.C. Ryle (1816-1900), the first Anglican bishop of Liverpool.  “It is a still more solemn thing to begin a new one. All before us is uncertain; we know not what a day may bring forth, much less what may happen in a year.”

 Ryle offered this challenge for the days and months ahead: “Walk more closely with God, get nearer to Christ, seek to exchange hope for assurance.  Oh that you may endeavor so to grow in grace every year, that your last things may be far more than your first, and the end of your Christian course far better than the beginning!”

 “This is God’s universal purpose for all Christian suffering: more contentment in God and less satisfaction in the world.”  —John Piper 


 Resolutions

 American theologian Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) became focused on his life’s purpose at age 19. The result was 70 resolutions, or commitments, he wrote down and then read every week for 35 years until his death.

 Some of those resolutions include: 
• To live with all my might while I do live. 
• To study the Scriptures … steadily, constantly and frequently. 
• Never to lose one moment of time. 
• Never to do anything which I should despise or think meanly of in another. 
• Never to do anything out of revenge. 
• To let there be something of benevolence in all that I speak. 
• Never to do anything which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life. 

Stephen & Ginger Jordan

P.O. Box 261

5300 Puerto Princesa City

Palawan, Philippines

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January 4, 2019

 

Sometimes we think moving a house is easier that getting a land title and a building permit.

 

We were hoping our presents for Christmas would be a building permit and a land title for Faith Bible Church.  Sadly, neither one was under our Christmas tree.  But now it is 2019, a new year and new possibilities!  Hopefully this state of “almost there” will finally be “done”!

 

Regarding the building permit, Gerry, one of our believers, has been very faithful in going to different offices and obtaining signatures.  He hit a bump last week when someone asked for the church’s “relocation plan.”  This plan was supposed to be given to us last April, after a new survey of the land was done.  However, the plan was never given to us and it appears that we won’t receive one for that survey.  So, we are still applying for a permit without the relocation plan and hoping that we will be granted a permit, maybe even by next week.  Lord willing, if we can break ground in January, we will hopefully have the roof on the new building prior to June, which is the beginning of rainy season.

 

Regarding the transfer of the land title, we have been informed now that there is a typo on the deed of sale which doesn’t match another form in the land bureau’s office.  So, we are now needing a letter from our attorney to correct this typo.  Hopefully, he will be back in his office next week and be able to give us this letter.  Is this the last item?  We hope so. 

We don’t want to move a mountain or move a house.  We just want a title and a permit.  We continue to trust the Lord that these are finished this month, maybe even this coming week.  Lord willing, we are going to have a work day next Saturday to clear the new property in hopes that some digging will take place soon.

 

Please keep on praying.  Thank you.

Stephen and Ginger 

 Villagers moving a house

GOD'S OWN KINGDOM
meditation on Daniel 2

Daniel chapter 2 is an amazing chapter, written 600 years before Christ. This passage reveals, in some detail, the three empires which would follow the vast Babylonian Empire. This historical overview of human history is a repeated theme in the book of Daniel as this book holds up for us the glorious sovereign rule over the affairs of men and over the very movement of the history of mankind. King Nebuchadnezzar had a disturbing dream. It was disturbing because he did not know what it meant.

In his dream he saw a giant statue of a man. The head of the statue was gold, the chest and arms were silver, the belly and thighs were bronze, the lower legs were iron, and the feet were a mixture of iron and clay. A mysterious stone, cut without hands, appeared and crushed the statue on its feet and the rest of the statue became like chaff from the threshing floor, which the wind carried away. Not a trace of the statue was found, but the stone became a great mountain and filled the earth.

Romans 10:1-21: Have you made the Big Decision? “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved” (10:9).

1-5: Paul prays with all his heart for the salvation of Israel. The Jews have a zeal for God, but without knowledge. God’s Way, is to come to Him by faith in Christ (Jn. 14:6). Jews and many others insist on coming on their own terms, their own way, with works, “keeping the Law”, and trusting in human traditions. “They being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God” (3). Moses demands of habitual sinners, the impossible, keep the Law and you shall live (Lev. 18:5). “Whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all” (James 2:10). I keep the Law in Christ who kept it for me as my Substitute. He fulfilled all the Law’s requirements and gives me the righteousness that Law can never give.

6-13: The goal of law is to bring guilty sinners to Christ so we can believe in Him, be set free from the penalty of sin and declared holy (Gal. 3:24, 3:10-13). Jesus is near, here and now. Just open your mouth and say from the heart, “Christ, I trust in You as my Personal Savior!” The lips of my soul are saying, “Jesus is my Lord, Savior and God! A key passage for leading people to Christ is Rom. 10:9-13. “With the heart man believes . . . and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation . . . Whoever believes in Him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek . . . For every one who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”