Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 29 January, 2017
“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 (28)
Jacob Sets Off for Egypt
Scripture Reading: Genesis 45:25-46:27
Text: Genesis 45:25-46:27
I. The Good News About Joseph
II. The Night Vision at Beersheba
Psalms: 65:1-5; 26:7-12; 105:19-24; 25:4-10
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 61
Text: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 12
I. The Anointed One
II. His Three-Fold Office
Psalms: 40:7-11; 27:1-5; 110:1-6; 2:6-12
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Quotes to Consider
George Lawson on Genesis 46:4: “‘I will go down with thee
into Egypt ...’ How blessed was Jacob, having such a promise
as this to sweeten all his trials! But have not all
Christians the same promise to cheer their spirits under
every trial? The intention of the Gospel is to give us the
knowledge of salvation, that our fellowship may be with the
Father and His Son Jesus Christ, that our joy may be full.
‘Fear not,’ says the Lord, ‘for I am with thee.’ Think upon
the precious comforts of these words whenever you are
dejected by solitude, by affliction, by temptation, by fear.
If we could believe and apply them, light would spring up
out of darkness” (The History of Joseph, p. 313).
Herman Hoeksema on Lord’s Day 12: “This work of defending
and preserving his church in the midst of and through a
hostile world belongs to the office of Christ as king. In
themselves, in their own power, believers are nothing. They
are helpless in the midst of the powers of darkness. But
Christ preserves them. This he does through his Spirit and
word. Never does he leave them. Always he abides with them
and in them. Never can they finally fall away” (The Death of
the Son of God, p. 138).
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
On the back table are new free Protestant Reformed
Theological Journals as well as a new RFPA Update and the
January Covenant Reformed News.
Monday evening’s Catechism Classes:
5:45 PM - Taylor, Josh, Corey & Katelyn (Beginners NT)
6:30 PM - Bradley & Samuel (Juniors OT)
7:15 PM - Jacob, Alex & Nathan (Heidelberg Catechism, book
The Tuesday Bible Study meets at 11 AM to study further the
holy war in the latter chapters of Judges.
The Belgic Confession Class meets on Wednesday at 7:45 PM to
look at broader church assemblies in connection with article
Ladies’ Bible Study meets this Friday at 10:30 AM at church
to continue our study in Proverbs with lessons on “The Fear
of the Lord” and “Giving.”
Men’s Bible Study meets this Saturday at 8 PM at the
Kennedys to discuss James 5:13-18.
The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel
846 MW at 8:30 AM) by Rev. R. Kleyn is “How I Love Thy Law”
The Council meets on Monday, 13 February, at 8 PM.
Offerings: General Fund: £655.70. Donations: £200
(Bookstore), £14 (CR News).
PRC News: Rev. A. Lanning (CERC, Singapore) received the
call to First Holland PRC. Southwest PRC called Rev. R.
Kleyn (Spokane, WA).
What’s in a Name?
Brian D. Dykstra
“Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names ...” (Daniel
When one thinks of attacks and assaults, matters subtle and
insignificant do not come to mind. These are military terms
often associated with large groups of men performing acts
with great aggression and often in the open.
Satan’s attacks and assaults are not always so open and
obvious. They can include the subtle and seemingly
insignificant. In our spiritual battle, Satan knows, whether
he can bind with one strong chain or with many thousands of
threads, his prey is just as bound.
Daniel and his three friends saw the large, open attack of
Babylon’s army upon God’s people. They also saw the open
attack of Satan upon covenant families as promising children
were taken away from their parents. The changing of their
names, though not as violent or aggressive, is still part of
Satan’s attack on them to get them to forget their God.
Babylon was the centre of a powerful empire. Anything which
the world had to offer at that time could have been found
there. Many idols were served there. Idolatry is not an
expression of the unique character of a people or culture.
Idols were served in the way of sin, quite often adultery.
Idolatry was a socially accepted way of satisfying sinful
lusts. It was to idolatrous Babylon God allowed His people
to be taken into captivity.
Parents, what would your prayers be if your junior high or
high school sons were taken away from you, brought to New
York and told that whatever they desired could be theirs?
Many sinful pleasures can be found there. The Babylonians of
Nebuchadnezzar’s day would feel quite at home there.
Daniel 1:4 tells us these children were “well favoured, and
skilful in all wisdom.” God had given these young men
physical attractiveness and good minds. Human nature has not
changed since Daniel’s time. Doors of opportunity are thrown
open to the attractive and intelligent. The same would be
true for Daniel and his friends. Their parents were not
there to correct the godless instruction they were given. If
these young men would want to discover what Babylon had to
offer, there would be nobody present to refuse them and
nobody waiting for them at home to ask where they had gone,
what they had done, and reprove and correct as needed. They
would be encouraged to discard God’s restrictive
commandments and join the Babylonian way of life.
Because their names would remind Daniel and his friends
about God, their names had to be changed. Quoting from
Matthew Henry’s commentary: “Their Hebrew names, which they
received at their circumcision, had something of God, or Jah,
in them: Daniel—God is my judge; Hananiah—The grace of the
Lord; Mishael—He that is the strong God; Azariah—The Lord is
a help. To make them forget the God of their fathers, the
guide of their youth, they give them names that savour of
the Chaldean idolatry. Belteshazzar signifies the keeper of
the hidden treasures of Bel; Shadrach—The inspiration of the
sun, which the Chaldeans worshipped; Meshach—Of the goddess
Shach, under which name Venus was worshipped; Adednego, The
servant of the shining fire, which they worshipped also.”
Babylon wanted to erase the mention of God’s name, right to
the “Jah’s” and “El’s” in the names of Daniel and his
friends. In recent times, the Supreme Court heard arguments
about taking “under God” out of the pledge of allegiance.
The Supreme Court redefined marriage. Any lawyers who wanted
to define marriage as between a man and a woman did not make
much headway in court by basing their arguments upon
Scripture and God’s commands about family relationships.
Our day is similar to Daniel’s. The world can hardly
tolerate the mention of God’s name, especially when it is
clear that God is the God revealed in the Bible. God used
the early education of Daniel and his friends to preserve
His name in their hearts, which was then evident in their
way of life. May God be pleased to use the covenant
instruction given in our schools to preserve His name in the
hearts of His children.