Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 27 November, 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 (19)
The Rape at Shechem
Scripture Reading: Genesis 33:18-34:12
Text: Genesis 33:18-34:4
I. The Places Where Jacob Stayed
II. The Rape of Dinah
Psalms: 108:1-8; 19:1-8; 26:1-8; 37:1-7
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
The Life of Jacob (20)
The Stench at Shechem
Scripture Reading: Genesis 34
Text: Genesis 34:5-31
I. The Request of Shechem
II. The Proposal of Jacob’s Sons
III. The Slaughter of the Shechemites
Psalms: 122:1-9; 19:9-14; 60:1-6; 86:1-8
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Quote to Consider
Robert Harbach: “‘Dinah ... went out to see the daughters of
the land,’ to have a friendly visit, to socialize, engage in
‘girl-talk’ with females her own age. Out of curiosity she
went forth to catch up on the latest doings in the world, to
see, to be seen, to win admiration, to take in the latest
fashions, how the young people dressed, how they talked, how
they danced, what were the latest shows and popular
diversions, and, probably, what were the latest ‘crushes’ on
the ‘cute’ sons of the land. She was like a moth fluttering
about a flame. For soon, from what was undoubtedly frivolous
female company she was spirited away by Prince Shechem to
his house. Perhaps, as so often the case, it began as a sort
of romantic flirtation and ‘date’ made on the spur of the
moment, with her giddy, giggling girl friends gayly urging
her off with a new found ‘ boy friend.’ But a gadding girl
and a young man who has never been away from home are both
liable to fall before the lightest temptations. Neither of
them fit the picture in Titus 2:5, ‘to be discreet, chaste,
keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that
the word of God be not blasphemed’” (Studies in Genesis, p.
O. Palmer Robertson: “The fact that Shechem’s father appears at Jacob’s doorstep
with hat in hand indicates that Dinah’s brothers were correct in their evaluation
of the situation. Dinah their little sister had been raped and now was being held away
from home by a burly foreigner. All during the polite negotiations that followed,
this raw fact could not be forgotten. Whether willingly or by force, little Dinah
was being detained by the heathen Canaanites. She was being held captive
after having been violated” (The Genesis of Sex, p. 111).
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due. Please either pay the RFPA directly on-line ($36) or
pay Rev. Stewart (£29) who will pay the RFPA for you.
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 2)
The Tuesday Bible Study meets at 11 AM to study the holy war in OT law.
Belgic Confession Class meets this Wednesday at 7:45 PM. Our
study of Article 29 has yet to cover the marks of true
Christians and of the false church.
Ladies’ Bible Study meets this Friday at 10:30 at church to
consider “The Calling of Rulers and Subjects” in Proverbs.
Men’s Bible Study meets this Saturday, 3 December, at 8 PM
at the Kennedys to discuss James 4:13-5:3.
The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel
846MW at 8:30 AM) by Rev. Bruinsma is “The Benefits of
Fearing Jehovah” (Ps. 25:12-13).
The next S. Wales Lecture in The Round Chapel, Margam, is on
Thursday, 8 December, at 7:15 PM, by Rev. Stewart on “John
Owen and the Death of Christ.”
The Lord’s Supper is scheduled for 25 December. Rev. McGeown
and Rev. Stewart will be exchanging pulpits that day.
Offerings: General Fund: £653.90.
PRC News: Southwest PRC’s new trio is Revs. Griess, Eriks
and R. Kleyn. First Holland PRC called Rev. Brummel. Rev. R.
Kleyn received the call to be third missionary to the
Brian D. Dykstra
Although many people believe I should be, I am not at all
embarrassed to admit that some of the most interesting
surveying I have done in the summer has been at the Hastings
landfill. Not only did I learn much about surveying there
but also the landfill supplied a lesson in ecology. A few
summers ago, I saw a new cell of the landfill being
constructed, and I learned how the bottom of a landfill is
built to ensure that nothing hazardous seeps out of the
landfill and into the groundwater.
Around the outside of the landfill are monitoring wells.
Groundwater from these wells is tested regularly to
determine whether anything harmful from the landfill is
seeping into the groundwater. The liquid which filters its
way to the bottom of the landfill is called leachate. Every
morning that we entered the landfill for work, I was
reminded how important it was for us to be very careful
while we worked because across the street from the
landfill’s main entrance was a beautiful lake. It struck me
as ironic that the lake is named Leach Lake.
To ensure that nothing leaches out of the landfill into the
groundwater, the bottom of the landfill must be properly
designed, surveyed and constructed. Leaving out some of the
components, here is your simplified landfill lesson! First,
the native soils have to be graded to the proper elevation.
Then there is a two-foot layer of compacted clay. A special,
thick plastic liner is placed over the clay. This liner
comes in large rolls which are “welded” together into a
single piece. Another layer of clay is placed over the liner
but this layer of compacted clay is three feet thick. Over
this layer of clay is another plastic liner. A foot and a
half of granular material (similar to pea gravel and works
great in aquariums!) finishes the bottom of the landfill.
Finally, the bottom of the landfill is not flat but is
sloped so that the leachate which forms flows to a sump. The
sludge is pumped from the sump into a special tanker truck
which hauls it to a specialized landfill.
A lot of money is spent constructing a landfill. I do not
know how much it costs to operate earth-moving equipment
each hour but it is not cheap. While I worked at the
landfill, there were eighteen scrapers, two graders and a
bulldozer being operated. The earth-moving company also had
two men who constantly checked the elevations to make sure
each layer was constructed properly. There were also
mechanics who would maintain all the equipment. The
employees of the earthmoving company worked twelve hours a
day, seven days per week. A soil expert hired by the state
checked the quality of the clay being used. Who knows how
many people worked on this project whom I never saw?
The project lasted for months. As the project neared its
end, one of the earth-moving workers asked me how I thought
they were doing. I looked and saw that the top layer of clay
was beautifully smooth and so well compacted that as I
walked across it, I hardly left a footprint. I told him,
“You men have done such a nice job that it will be a shame
to dump trash here.”
Everyone working on the project had to do his job to ensure
the safety of the landfill. From the director of the
construction project (whose favourite saying was, “Trash is
cash!”), down to me and the two college kids who used
screwdrivers to remove stones out of the clay and hauled the
stones away in five-gallon buckets, we all had our part to
do. Every worker was supervised to ensure no mistakes were
I must admit that there were times as I hiked along on the
bottom of the landfill, slogging through the dirt, carrying
two armfuls of surveying equipment and pounding in stakes,
that I wondered whether this investment of work and money
was worth it. After all, how much longer would this
environment need to be protected? The day is coming when God
will clean this whole mess with purifying fire. Yet, there
is a huge expenditure of work and money to protect our
What is the condition of our homes’ barriers against the
world’s spiritual leachate? Much of the entertainment which
the world has to offer has an odour resembling the active
part of the landfill. How is family life portrayed? Are
parents honoured as a source of godly wisdom and advice
concerning life’s questions? Do friends warn each other
about the perils of walking in a way contrary to God’s law
or are friends merely partners in adultery? How does the
world’s drama smell to God?
The world has many avenues by which its leachate can seep
into covenant homes. Television offers channels by the
score. Through DVDs, we can see Hollywood’s productions in
the privacy of our own homes. The internet has its
presentations which are only a mouse click away.
We need the barrier of God’s Word to keep the world’s sludge
out of our homes. God designed the way of obedience to
preserve us from worldly living. We must constantly survey
our home life to check the condition of our barriers against
the world. We need to be vigilant in constructing a wall of
truth around our homes. We must all do our part, for what
leaches into one home will seep into another.
World flight is not the answer. Antithetical living is. Walk
worthy of your calling in Jesus Christ! Our homes must be a
reflection of the beautiful city of Zion. Do not allow the
world to dump its trash here. Keep the barriers secure!