Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 22 February, 2015
“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
Absalom and His Rebellion (17)
David’s Escape Across the Jordan
Scripture Reading: II Samuel 17:15-29
Text: II Samuel 17:15-29
I. The Message From Hushai
II. The Suicide of Ahithophel
III. The Provisioning at Mahanaim
Psalms: 84:1-6; 95:6-11; 3:1-8; 4:1-8
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
But Is It Fair?
Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 7:11-29
Text: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 4
I. A Fair Requirement
II. A Fair Punishment
III. A Fair Salvation
Psalms: 122:1-9; 96:1-7; 98:1-9; 85:6-13
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If you desire a pastoral visit, please contact Rev. Stewart
or the elders
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Quote to Consider
Herman Hoeksema: “... the sinful heart and mind do indeed
make the bold attempt to change the living God. It is thus
that the sinner tries to entrench and fortify himself in his
sin! He makes a god of his own imagination, after his own sinful heart, before whose face he can
sin and feel safe. He invents his own god, an idol that is
wholly like unto himself. He deprives God of His sterner
attributes of righteousness and justice, and speaks of a god
of mercy and love that will wink at sin, and make the
ungodly the object of His blessing. And thus he tries to
quiet the voice of his own conscience, and partly succeeds
to create for himself a sense of safety in the way of sin,
until he meets the living God in the day of the revelation
of His righteous judgment, and discovers that he believed a
lie, that he followed after a delusion, and that the eternal
God cannot be mocked! It is this truth which the Catechism
expounds in the three questions and answers of this fourth
Lord’s Day. Can God be changed? Can He be changed in His
demand of the law that we love Him with all our heart and
mind and soul and strength, so that He comes down to the
level of the sinner, and can be satisfied with what sinful
man is able and willing to do?” (The Triple Knowledge, vol.
1, pp. 200-201).
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
Taylor, Josh, Corey, Bradley & Samuel (Beginners OT, book 1)
- 5:30 PM
Alex, Nathan, Jacob & Joseph (Seniors NT) - 6:15 PM
Timothy & Chris (Essentials of Reformed Doctrine) - 7:00 PM
The Tuesday Bible study meets at 11 AM to study “The Kingdom
of God and the Church (3).”
The Belgic Confession Class this Wednesday at 7:45 PM to
study Article 24 on “Good Works.”
The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel
846MW at 8:30 AM) by Rev. R. Kleyn is entitled “Victorious
in His Suffering” (Isa. 52:13-15).
The Council meets next Monday, 2 March, at 7:45 PM.
S. Wales Lecture: On Thursday, 19 March, Rev. Stewart will
give a lecture on “The New Life Within Us” at the Round
Chapel in Port Talbot.
Offerings: General Fund - £516.65. Donation: £1,800.
Website Additions: 1 Russian, 2 Hungarian, 2 Italian and 6
PRC News: Rev. Holstege (Holland, MI) received the call to
the Philippines. Rev. R. Kleyn (Spokane, WA) declined the
call to Peace PRC.
Forsake Not Wisdom
Brian D. Dykstra
Proverbs 4:6: “Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee:
love her, and she shall keep thee.”
In Proverbs four, Solomon relates to us the instruction his
father David gave him. David gave Solomon good doctrine and
instruction in God’s law. David continued to show Solomon
the great value of wisdom by telling his son to keep his
words in his heart.
In verse six, David speaks to Solomon as though Solomon
could have a personal relationship with wisdom. David
presents wisdom to Solomon as a woman who would provide
great benefits in his life by keeping her close at hand
observing her instruction.
Again, this is not biographical, background information on
David and Solomon. We do not study Proverbs to obtain a
better understanding of these two important characters in
the history of Israel. We are not probing their
personalities to see “what made them tick.” The book of
Proverbs is God’s Word to us to instruct us on how to make
our way in this fallen world.
Now that we have reached chapter four in Proverbs, we can
notice the repetitive nature of the instruction God gives
His children. We have been told several times already about
the importance of listening to God’s Word. We have been told
in several different ways about the necessity of wisdom and
that we should cleave to her as though our lives depend on
Repetition is a scriptural method of teaching. God gave the
law to Israel in Sinai. Later Moses repeated it to them
before his death. When we read the Old Testament prophets,
we notice that much of what they said was a warning about
idolatry, its terrible consequences and the blessings
awaiting those who turned from such sin. We should not be
surprised that God teaches us the same lessons over and over
in our lives. God’s instruction is necessarily repetitive.
God gives us two commands in this verse which are then
followed by two benefits for doing as we are told.
God commands us not to forsake this woman, wisdom. It is
assumed that we have a relationship with wisdom already. One
cannot forsake another if there does not exist a
relationship. We cannot forsake complete strangers. We know
wisdom. Those who grow up in the sphere of the covenant and
were blessed with dedicated godly parents were taught God’s
wisdom from the time we were very young. This lifetime of
instruction should infuse us with an appreciation of how
good wisdom is. We can see the horrible results in modern
society of walking in the foolish way of sin. Countless
families and lives are being ruined every day and society
suffers for it, although they will never admit the root
cause of such suffering: living in the foolishness of one’s
own wicked ways. They have forsaken God’s wisdom.
We must not renounce what we have been taught or turn away
from it. There are many times in life when going against
what God says might seem to benefit us. We are tempted to
take advantage of one another. We could seek ourselves
first. Forsaking Jehovah’s ways appeals to our sinful flesh.
Just for once, why can’t I just cast off the bindings of
God’s penetrating law, which covers every aspect of my life,
so that I can live a little and have a good time just like
everyone else. Why must I live my life in this narrow,
fusty, dull-grey fashion? Why can’t I just cut loose and
live a little for once?
Why not forsake wisdom? God says wisdom will preserve us.
Shepherds would preserve and keep their sheep by building a
sheepcote, a hedge where the sheep would be safe through the
night. Wisdom guards and protects us just as though we are
surrounded by a thorny hedge through which the wolves cannot
pass. Wisdom keeps her eye on us. She will not allow us the
freedom to experience the liberty of spending the night
outside the hedge where the wolves of sin wait for prey.
Wisdom protects us from the effects of our own fallen,
depraved nature so we do not lose the consciousness of our
covenant life with God.
We must love wisdom. We must have a deeper affection for
wisdom than just a casual friendship. We must find wisdom
attractive because we admire her. We see her value. We
recognize what she does for us and what our lives would be
without her. She is the only one for us. It is the love
Abraham had for Isaac, the only son of the promise he had.
It is Isaac’s love for Rebecca, his only wife.
Wisdom will keep us. With both of the results given in this
verse, the word “shall” is used. This is the AV’s way of
letting us know that this is a guarantee. It is a definite
effect. There is no doubt but that wisdom will preserve and
keep us. Wisdom does not keep us the way wardens keep
violent prisoners locked in prison. She will watch over us
because she truly cares about us and seeks to maintain our
spiritual lives. She will keep us because she values us.
May God give us the spiritual eyes we need not to forsake
wisdom but to love her faithfully. God’s wisdom in Jesus
Christ will preserve and keep us from the spiritual
destruction which comes from joining the world in the way of