Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
Lord’s Day, 24
"That ye may
with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even
the Father of
our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 15:6)
Service - 11:00 AM
Saul, the King Israel Asked For (8)
II. The Brave
62:1-6; 72:15-19; 32:7-11; 68:1-6
Service - 6:00 PM
Marriage—Honourable in All
Catechism, Lord’s Day 41; Hebrews 13:4
96:1-7; 73:1-9; 45:10-15; 111:1-6
For audio cassettes of the worship services, contact
Sean Courtney (email@example.com)
Quote to Consider:
The New Bible Dictionary on Jonathan: "Eldest
son of King Saul by his only wife (I Sam. 14:49-50) he was his father’s
heir, which makes his loyalty and affection for David, who succeeded
Saul, the more wonderful (I Sam. 30:31). Jonathan first appears in the
biblical record as the victor at Geba, a Philistine stronghold, though
his father’s strategy at that time suggests by analogy that he may have
taken part in the relief of Jabesh-gilead (I Sam. 11:11; 14:2). His
prowess and courage as a warrior, recalled in David’s elegy (II Sam.
1:22), are clearly seen in his lone attack on another Philistine
garrison, an incident which also shows his ability to inspire loyalty as
well as to offer it (I Sam. 14:7). It is for his own loyalty to David,
however, that he is chiefly remembered; a loyalty made more difficult
because it conflicted with his filial duty and affection to Saul, his
father and sovereign. As the king, deserted by the Spirit of God and a
victim to increasing fears and passions, showed ever greater hatred to
‘the man after God’s own heart’ who was to succeed him, so Jonathan, in
fealty to the brotherhood pact sworn with David after the death of
Goliath (I Sam. 18:1-4), was driven into defiance and deception of his
father, even to the jeopardizing of his own life (I Sam. 19:1-7; 20).
The parting scene between the two friends is most moving. It does not
appear that Jonathan accompanied his father on the two expeditions
against David, to En-gedi and Hachilah, and he disappears finally in the
tragic Philistine victory at mount Gilboa, along with his father and
brothers (I Sam. 31:2). Gifted physically and morally, he is a model to
those of a more favoured dispensation of loyalty to truth and
friendship, as well as of the peacemaking which is the role of the sons
Announcements (subject to God’s will):
The Reformed Witness Hour next Lord’s Day, 31
Dec. (8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW) is entitled "Emptied from Vessel to
Vessel" (Jer. 48:11).
Everyone is invited to the manse after next
Sunday’s evening service.
Upcoming Lecture: Friday, 12 Jan., in S.
Wales, on "The Baptism of the Holy Spirit: Are the Pentecostals Right?"
Rev. VanOverloop and Rev. Eriks plan to be
here from Friday, 27 January, to Monday, 5 February. The congregational
dinner will be Friday, 2 February.
Last Week’s Offerings: General Fund - £599.85.
Donations: £7 (CR News).
Website Additions: an article by Martyn
McGeown on Luther versus Erasmus, a Romanian translation of "Sovereign
Reprobation" (Rev. Van Baren) and a French translation of "The Trinity"
PRC News: Doon PRC has formed a new trio for
missionary to the Philippines consisting of Revs. Dick (Grace), R. Kleyn
(Trinity), and Laning (Hope).