Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies
Dr Ong Lay Siang worships at the Foochow Methodist Church and is actively involved as the Head of the Youth Ministry and missions (Mission Medical Clinic and Fellowship of Evangelical Students Mission programme). He is a Medical Doctor and has obtained his Master of Medicine (Family Medicine) from the National University of Singapore, Graduate School of Medical Studies.
This week Rev Ng Seng Chuan leads worship. The speaker next week will be Rev Dr David Huntley. We welcome you to join us.
SANE (Student and Alumni Network)
We have started a group for SANE on Facebook. If you’re already in you can help by inviting your BGST friends to join too. This is just another way of connecting. We hope this will add to interaction among our students and alumni.
in Kerith Ravine.
The problem with such a desolate place was that of finding food. So God directed ravens to supply Elijah with bread and meat every morning and evening (1Kg 17:4-6). Ravens? Doesn’t the word “ravenous”, meaning extremely hungry, come from the same root word as the word “raven”? Why, a raven’s first instinct is to swallow every morsel it gets its beak on! It is utterly fascinating that God could speak to and command ravens to curb their instinct to eat, and, instead, to fly an unknown distance with bread and meat in their beaks and deliver the food to Elijah who was hidden from human view in a deep ravine. And to do this every morning and evening!
Where did the ravens get the food from? This is especially mysterious in a land suffering from a severe drought. If the ravens stole the food from homes, surely after the first one or two instances of theft, precautions would have been taken to prevent further loss of precious food? And yet, the ravens came to Elijah with food day after day, for a long time. How great is our Almighty God! How limitless His power!
By the way, since the human inhabitants of the area probably did not eat meat every day, what was the source of the meat? And by eating meat every day, did Elijah not eat better than the people of the region?
However, as the drought persisted, the brook in the Kerith Ravine, from which Elijah had been drinking, eventually dried up. So God told him, “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow to supply you with food” (1Kg 17:9).
What? No address or detailed instructions on how to find the widow? But like Abraham, Aaron and other great men of faith, Elijah trusted God and obeyed. So he walked to the coastal town of Zarephath, some 150 kilometres away as the raven flies. We know that he walked through the hilly terrain because there was no grass to support a horse or donkey, and the places where there was some grass left were occupied by Ahab’s men, to graze his horses (1Kg 18:5).
We also know Elijah walked because when he arrived outside Zarephath and met the widow, the very first thing he asked her was, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” (1Kg 17:10) Water was his greatest need, not food or rest. He must have been so dehydrated and weary from the long walk through arid land that he could not walk to her home for the water. Perhaps he suddenly feared entering a walled city in which danger may await him? But notice that he did not ask for water for his horse/donkey? He did not have one!
Zarephath was near Sidon. Didn’t we see earlier that Jezebel’s father was ruler over the Sidonians? Wasn’t Elijah entering a lion’s den? Yes, but who would think of looking for him there, in the shadow of danger? Who would imagine that the man living with a widow so openly or blatantly could be the man of God: Elijah? To an observer, the man might look like Elijah, but no, it couldn’t be him, for as a man of God, Elijah would never do such a thing! Truly, the wisdom of God is far greater than the wisdom of His creature, Man.
24—30 March 2008
Issue No. 12
King Omri of Israel “did evil in the eyes of the Lord and sinned more than all those (kings of Israel) before him” (1 Kings 16:25). Ahab, his son, outdid him. He “did more evil in the eyes of the Lord than any of those before him” (1Kg 16:30). He married the evil Jezebel, daughter of Ethbaal, King of the Sidonians (1Kg 16:31), and began to worship Baal and Asherah. He even built a temple for Baal and an Asherah pole; God’s anger was aroused (1Kg 16:31-33).
So God sent his prophet Elijah to Ahab. Elijah told him, “There will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word” (1Kg 17:1). Then God told Elijah to hide in the Kerith Ravine across the River Jordan from Israel. The ravine is located in rugged country and boasts sheer high cliffs overlooking a brook. God in His wisdom had chosen for Elijah an excellent hiding place, for there was not a nation or kingdom around Israel where Ahab had not sent people to look for Elijah, or make the rulers swear they could not find him (1Kg 18:10). Despite the widespread manhunt for him, Elijah remained undetected
Mickey Chiang: Elijah’s Food for Thought
Elijah and the Ravens by He Qi,
a Chinese Christian artist (www.heqiarts.com)
Starting April, we will have a lunch-in after Chapel every month on the 2nd week.
Everyone at Chapel—Faculty, Staff, Students, Friends — will eat a simple packed lunch and have great conversation.
How do we know the conversation’s going to be great? Well, that’s because we’ll take turns to do a short “show and tell” of some personal interest, hobby or passion and the rest of us will pick up that theme in our conversation.
Come on 9th April and learn something about Dr Philip Satterthwaite you never knew before! He might just trigger off a most interesting conversation for you as everyone around you picks up on the thread that he will throw out.
So here’s one more reason why you should come for Chapel. See you when we LUNCH-IN!
Logos software is available for sale at 40% discount for BGST’s students, staff and faculty! This discount will be reduced to 30% after August 1st.
If you are interested to purchase a Logos software bundle and want to take advantage of the best discounted price go through the following steps:
1. Click here to study the different software packages and their special prices
2. Seek God’s wisdom in the decision making
3. Ask previous users about the software
4. Test out the software at the PC located at BGST Library Reference Room
5. Check the software system requirement with your own computer
6. Count the cost of your decision
7. Finally, take the plunge via online credit card purchase between 2 - 16 April. The link will be provided to you on 1st April 2008.
1. Upon purchase, the software in DVD format will be collected from BGST. A key (alpha-numeric) will be emailed to you to unlock the paid resources in the DVD package.
2. There will also be a 3-hour training session (FOC) for BGST students, faculty or staff who purchase the software during this period.
3. For those who do not have a credit card, please consult the library team for a work around solution.
All enquiries on this matter may be directed to Kok Weng at the Library. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org