Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 21 August, 2016
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed
by the renewing of your mind ...” (Rom. 12:2)
Morning Service - 11:00 AM
The Life of Jacob (1)
The Birth of Jacob
Scripture Reading: Genesis 25:1-26
Text: Genesis 25:21-26
I. A Child of Prayer
II. A Child of the Antithesis
III. A Child of Wrestling
Psalms: 92:1-8; 5:8-12; 65:1-5; 135:1-7
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
The Life of Jacob (2)
The Doctrinal Significance of Jacob’s Birth
Scripture Reading: Romans 9:1-24
Text: Malachi 1:2-5 & Romans 9:10-13
I. According to Malachi 1
II. According to Romans 9
III. For His Life
Psalms: 100:1-5; 6:1-10; 5:1-8; 115:1-11
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Quotes to Consider
Robert Harbach on Genesis 25: “The verb ‘struggled’ is very
intensive; it means that the children in [Rebekah’s] womb
dashed themselves against one another. Thus continued the
enmity between the two seeds, the seed of the serpent and
the seed of the woman, the struggle between the two
nations—the nation not bringing forth the fruits of the
kingdom and that holy nation, between the kingdom of Satan
and the kingdom of God, between the false church and the
true church” (Studies in the Book of Genesis, p. 509).
Herman Hoeksema: “... the apostle emphatically
states that the Word of God, which was the revelation of the
purpose of God according to election, came to Rebekah before
the children were born, neither had done good or evil [Rom.
9:11]. Had the Word of God come to Rebekah after the
children had grown up and after it had become manifest that
Esau was a wicked fornicator while Jacob was the true child
of the covenant, she might have drawn the conclusion that
God distinguished the
brothers on the basis of their own works. But now the
purpose of God according to election must stand. Hence, this
purpose is revealed to her before the children were born,
neither had distinguished themselves by their works, whether
good or evil. From this it is evident that it was God’s
purpose to show unto Rebekah that His counsel of election
and reprobation with regard to Jacob and Esau was entirely
independent of their works and rested solely in His own
sovereign good pleasure” (quoted in Homer
C. Hoeksema, Unfolding Covenant History, vol. 2, pp.
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
The August Covenant Reformed News and Rev. Stewart’s
bi-monthly letter to the PRC are on the back table. A
from the Philippines is also available.
The Tuesday Bible study meets this week at 11 AM to continue
our study of the OT cermonial law looking at the ritual
The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel
846MW at 8:30 AM) by Rev. Haak is “The Creation” (Gen. 1:1).
The next council meeting is set for Monday, 5 September.
CPRC Reformation Day Lecture: Friday, 28 October, 7:30 PM on
“John Owen and the Death of Christ.”
Offerings: General Fund: £711.34.
New translations: 3 Hungarian, 1 Indonesian and 1 Spanish.
PRC news: The Federation of Protestant Reformed Christian
School Societies is an organization formed in the late 1950s
from Protestant Reformed Christian School Boards across the
U.S. and Canada. Our purpose has always been to attain
cooperation and coordination in areas common to all P.R.
schools, which includes training and development for
Protestant Reformed teachers. Check out our new website (www.prcs.org).
You may find many interesting and helpful resources there.
Hear, O My Son
Brian D. Dykstra
Proverbs 4:10: “Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and
the years of thy life shall be many.”
As Solomon continues his instruction about the benefits of
wisdom, he is very concerned about his audience. He is
speaking to his son, a deeply personal relationship. Solomon
is not addressing a steward in his household. He is not
seeking to increase the productivity of his land by passing
on some agricultural insight to a husbandman. Neither is
Solomon speaking to a neighbour or friend. Although these
relationships can be deep, long-lasting and greatly
treasured, each will soon go his own way and live a separate
Solomon speaks to his son, one of the closest relationships
God has created, a parent to his child. Also, Solomon does
not speak here to his sons as a group. This is a one on one
conversation, intimate. While the son is under his father’s
roof, their lives share many things. They share a great many
details in their lives and relationships. A father is
responsible to give his son a start in life, not just in
making a living, to pay the bills; but a godly father points
to the way of developing a covenant relationship with his
Father in heaven.
Solomon commands his son to hear. This is already the fourth
time this word has been used in Proverbs. Solomon has used
synonyms as well on a few other occasions. As teachers, we
are painfully aware of the different levels of hearing.
There are days when our words appear to go in one ear of
students and out the other. When a class is large and
talkative, we can feel our presence in the classroom is not
all that effective. Perhaps all the students need is a
recorded message, repeated every few minutes, telling them
to calm down, be quiet and concentrate on their work. That
behaviour is not really hearing.
God chose the word “hear” for Solomon to use because of its
implications. The hearer is intelligently engaged in the
conversation. This instruction is one-on-one, not
one-on-twenty-five as is often the case in a classroom
where, understandably, a child’s attention can wander.
Solomon has the attention of his son. As Solomon speaks to
his son, they can look each other in the eye. Solomon also
expects obedience from his son. His son will hear,
attentively and intelligently, and then will obey.
Once the son hears the instruction, he must receive it.
Solomon is not pleading with his son. He isn’t making an
offer to his son, an offer which his son can take or refuse
according to his whim. Solomon commands his son to receive
his sayings, to take it in, in the same way we receive
nourishment from good food. It is in us. It becomes part of
us. It sustains us. This is Solomon’s goal for the
instruction he gives.
Solomon commands his son to hear and receive his sayings.
This is a broad term and can include many things. However,
what has Solomon been talking about so far in Proverbs?
Solomon was quite wealthy. Many people would like to have
Solomon teach them about wise investing and how to make
money. However, Proverbs does not pass along get-rich-quick
schemes. Nor is Solomon instructing his son in posturing,
how to show bravado so as not to be taken advantage of by
others. We have not read about how to make sure one is not
getting the short end of the stick in some deal.
Solomon gives his son the instruction he needs to view the
world properly. The world is a dangerous place, filled with
temptations for a young man. His son needs discretion to
know good from evil. The son needs to see the ultimate end
of temptation. Sin appears good. Satan deceitfully presents
his way of evil as a path filled with excitement and
pleasure. Solomon shows his son the real end of temptation
and sin; and it is not pleasant.
Solomon’s sayings have been pointing out to his son the fear
of the Lord. Jehovah is Lord. It is His right to give
commandments which He demands be obeyed. The Lord has the
right to tell how to behave in the various relationships in
life. The Lord decrees what has true value and what will
last. The son must fear Him who rules over every aspect of
life. The son must know the world seeks to turn us away from
God and join them in their way of sin. The world demands the
son will fear public opinion and the derision they display
for those who strive to lead a godly life.
Solomon has a promised benefit for his son for hearing and
receiving his sayings. He speaks of a life of many years.
This cannot refer to a long earthly life. Although God has
given many of His saints long life, a life with many joyful
days, and we can desire that God allows us to live out what
we believe to be our full allotment of years, such is not
always how life unfolds. We know of wicked people who have
lived for many years and have enjoyed more than they could
have wished. At the other end of the spectrum of life, we
are sadly aware that those who love God do not always have
long lives. In the summer of 2015, our denomination
witnessed that God may take an eight-year-old son or a
thirty-year-old father. God’s will is done.
This life of many years is found in heaven. God ultimately
fulfils His promises there. There our lives will increase to
the full measure of God’s blessing and fellowship. God’s
people will not scarcely scrape by in heaven, carefully
parcelling out meagre rations. We will not worry about
having enough to see us through periods of want. God has
heaped heavenly blessings and riches for His elect.
May God work by His Spirit in the hearts of His children so
they hear and receive His truth, a truth which will give
them a life of everlasting years in the risen and exalted