MARCH 9 – In The Name of The Lord
1Sa 17:45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
There are several things that very important about this encounter. Here is David, a young man that is displaying maturity and faith.
It is common for enemies to say things to each other about what they will do to their opponent. Goliath said he would give David’s flesh to the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the world. This same braggadocio takes place today between heads of countries. It is a form of intimidation. It is meant to cast fear into the heart of the opponent.
Too often we try to win the lost and dying world through worldly means and activity. Others try to win the lost with human wisdom and logic. Years and years ago when I pastored in Arkansas, I went to a church that celebrated a pastor being the ministry for 50 years. I listened to all the accolades and then one man went to the podium and related a story about this pastor. This man came to the pastor and asked him to go right now to one of his relatives and get him saved. The pastor willingly went and entered the house and after greetings and purpose were exchanged, He read to the man all the scriptures on salvation. After the man simply nodded to the scriptures, the preacher got up and told his church member it was time to go. They got in the truck and started home and the church member exclaimed, he didn’t get saved. The preacher replied, I did my part, I gave him the plan of salvation, now it is up to the Holy Spirit.
What are you using to reach a rebellious and sinful world for Christ? Years and years ago, a mission organized into a church and was meeting in an old store building downtown. One evening church had dismissed and the members were standing on the sidewalk visiting. A drunk walking through the people noticed the pastor. He stopped and look closely at the pastor’s face and exclaimed, “I-I-I know you, you are the one that saved me.” The pastor’s reply, “yes and you act like someone I saved.” Let us not be saving people but give them the gospel and allow the Holy Spirit to do His work.
I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
Second-Generation Preacher Makes Good
Horatio Gates Jones
We have already considered the Reverend David Jones, America’s first Baptist chaplain to the military. Jones had served under General Horatio Gates in 1776 and apparently was so impressed with the General that he named his youngest son “Horatio Gates Jones” at the baby’s birth on February 11, 1777, in Chester County, Pennsylvania. The young Horatio Jones grew to maturity in Chester and Bucks Counties and availed himself of the education that the local school provided. At age nineteen, he was sent to an academy at Bordentown, New Jersey, and studied there under the celebrated Dr. William Staughton. On June 24, 1798, the young man professed his faith in Jesus Christ and was baptized and welcomed into the membership of the Valley Church. Horatio returned to farming, but being a gifted speaker, he soon acquired a prominent position politically. Conviction that he had been called to preach, however, overcame all political aspirations. The Valley Church recognized his divine call and licensed him to preach in September of 1801. He ministered throughout the region until he was asked to accept the pastorate in Salem, New Jersey. He was ordained there on February 13, 1802. On that occasion, his aging father gave him the charge, saying “My son, in your preaching, don’t put the rack too high. Some ministers put the rack so high that the little lambs can’t get a bite. Put the rack low, and then the old sheep can get the fodder, and the lambs too.” In 1812 Brown University conferred on him the degree of Master of Arts, and in 1852 the University of Lewisburg made him their first chancellor and bestowed on him their first Doctor of Divinity degree. The Reverend Horatio Jones passed into the presence of the Lord on December 12, 1853.
Dr. Dale R. Hart: Adapted from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I. (Thompson/Cummins) pp. 258 – 259.
No Protection for Hypocrites
The events surrounding the ministry of Isaiah Wallace of New Brunswick, was published in the Christian Messenger on March 29, 1871. Wallace was born in Hopewell, New Brunswick on Jan. 17, 1797, the first-born child of James and Catharine Wallace. Early on he trusted the Lord Jesus as his savior, and was baptized by immersion. As he reached maturity, God the Holy Spirit burdened him to preach, and he did so as the opportunity presented itself. He served as a pastor, agent for the Baptist College at Acadia, and an evangelist. Everywhere he ministered he experienced the hand of the Lord upon him, and the Baptist work greatly expanded throughout both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. How we need to pray that God will once again awaken that beautiful but spiritually destitute portion of North America. Often in his evangelistic crusades, Bro. Wallace would preach three times a day, baptize converts, serve communion and move on to another area to do the same thing, crossing bodies of water in cold weather and often walking for many miles. Many times multitudes were saved in his evangelistic meetings. At another time ministering in the northern portions of New Brunswick, he was able to establish the Campbellton Baptist Church. A lady of high social standing requested baptism. She had belonged to another communion and her friends discouraged her on the basis that she would surely endanger her health by going into the cold water. Her husband asked Rev. Wallace if he knew of any that he had baptized, taking cold, and Wallace, said, “No.” He then asked him if he had ever heard of anyone taking cold and Wallace said that T.S. Harding told him that out of a 1,000 converts that only one had caught a cold and that she was a hypocrite. The man said, “My wife is no hypocrite.” So he allowed her to be baptized without incident. Let us pray that Nova Scotia and New Brunswick will once again know the power of God.
Dr. Greg J. Dixon, adapted from: This Day in Baptist History III (David L. Cummins), pp.182-184.