Protestant Reformed Church
Lord’s Day, 11
after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep
of thy mouth" (Ps. 119:88)
- 11:00 AM
Purposes With Israel in the New Testament Age (3)
Israel Hardened by God [download]
Reading: Isaiah 29
38:1-7; 27:7-12; 93:1-5
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
Purposes With Israel in the New Testament Age (4)
David’s Prayer Against Israel [download]
Reading: Psalm 69
I. A Prayer
Concerning Their Table
II. A Prayer
Concerning Their Eyes
III. A Prayer of
38:8-13; 109:6-12; 69:21-28
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Quote to Consider:
Robert Haldane on Romans 11:9-10: "The words
in the beginning of the 9th verse of this Psalm [i.e., Psalm 69], 'The
zeal of Thine house hath eaten me up,' are applied to the Lord Jesus
Christ, John 2:17; and the concluding words, 'The reproaches of them
that reproached Thee, are fallen upon Me, ' by Paul, Rom 15:3. 'They
gave Me also gall for My meat; and in My thirst they gave Me vinegar to
drink,' is applied in the three Gospels, by Matthew, and Mark, and John,
to what took place at His crucifixion. The words contained in the 25th
verse, 'Let their habitation be desolate, and let none dwell in their
tents,' are applied to Judas, Acts 1:20, who may be considered in this
matter as the representative of the nation. 'Let their table become a
snare before them', verse 22, is quoted by the Apostle in the verse
before us, predicting the condition of the Jewish nation when he wrote."
Charles Hodge on Romans 11:9-10: "No portion
of the Old Testament Scriptures is more frequently referred to, as
descriptive of our Lord's suffering, than the Psalms 69 and 22. There is
nothing in this Psalm which forbids its being considered as a prophetic
lamentation of the Messiah over his afflictions, and a denunciation of
God's judgments upon his enemies. Verse 9, 'The zeal of thy house hath
eaten me up,' and verse 21, 'They gave me vinegar to drink,' are
elsewhere quoted and applied to Christ. Viewed in this light, the Psalm
is directly applicable to the apostle's object, as it contains a
prediction of the judgments which should befall the enemies of Christ."
R. C. H. Lenski on Romans 11:9-10: "Israel
thinks its prosperity is God's blessing; its eyes are blind and do not
see that this is delusion, retributive delusion: the thing that looks
like a blessing has become a curse. Convinced that God is still blessing
them while they have gone into full obduracy, and that God will, not
forsake them, they are led to go on obdurate as they are, until the
snare suddenly tightens, the net closes, and the trigger springs the
deathtrap, the recompense of due justice destroys them."
Herman Hoeksema: "David did not say: ‘Oh, let
Thy lovingkindness be shown to the ungodly in rain and sunshine,
prosperity and abundance, food and drink and gladness of heart.’ On the
contrary, he said: ‘Let their food and drink, that is, their table,
become a curse unto them; curse Thou them through these earthly means.’
Those who make so much of the theory of ‘common grace’ will never
succeed to explain this passage in harmony with their theory. But let us
not overlook who is the subject of this prayer. To be sure, in the first
place it is David that is here praying. And he is praying against the
ungodly enemies of God’s cause that persecute him. But this is not all.
David is after all only the secondary author of this prayer. Centrally
this prayer has Christ for its subject. This is evident from the entire
Psalm which is thoroughly Messianic. And it is still more evident from
the immediate context: ‘They gave me also gall for my meat, and in my
thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.’ It is, therefore, none other than
Christ that is praying here against the ungodly enemies of His cause" (God’s
Eternal Good Pleasure, p. 364).
John Calvin on Romans 11:9-10: "Seeing then
that this imprecation remains for all the adversaries of Christ,—that
their meat shall be converted into poison, (as we see that the gospel is
to be the savour of death unto death,) let us embrace with humility and
trembling the grace of God."
Announcements (subject to God’s will):
Those interested in attending Women’s Bible Study
this year, please meet briefly in the cry room after this morning’s
PM - Zoe, Amy & Lea Campbell at the manse
Tuesday, 7 PM
- Jacob & Nathan at the Buchanans
Tuesday, 8 PM
- Mark & Lauren at the Hamills
PM - Beginners OT Class at the manse
Midweek Bible study meets on Wednesday at 7:45 PM
at the manse. We will consider further I Peter 3:7f., on husbands
honouring their wives.
Rev. & Mary Stewart travel to S. Wales on
Thursday for a lecture on "Calvin on Justification: Considering the
Judgment Day With Singular Delight."
The Reformed Witness Hour next Lord’s Day
(8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW) is entitled "In Praise of Sovereign
Grace #2: Total Depravity" (Mark 15:20-23).
The Council has decided that there will be two
offerings taken next Lord’s Day. The first will be for the General Fund
and the second for our brothers and sisters in the Philippines
who have suffered loss and hardship due to a recent tropical storm and
flooding as described on the back of last week’s bulletin.
Portadown, Friday, 30 October, 7:30 PM - Calvin on Justification
Friday, 6 November, 7:30 PM - Calvin vs. Darwin
Friday, 13 November, 7:30 PM - The Last Days
Thursday, 26 November, 7:15 PM - Guidance
Offerings: General Fund: £687.58. Building Fund:
£413.20. Donations: £100 (building fund), £6.10 (books).
Website additions: 1 Slovenian, 4 German and 8
Italian translations were added.
PRC News: Rev. Daniel & Sharon Kleyn along with Elder & Mrs. Boon
from Doon PRC leave this Wednesday for the Philippines. They plan to
visit the Smits and the mission field as well as make preparations for
the Kleyns’ move to the Philippines on 15 December. They return to the
US on 2 November. Rev. Doug Kuiper (Randolph, WI) received the call to
Bethel PRC (Chicago, IL).
I thought you would be interested in the latest about
on-line CPRC translations.
So far, friends on 5 of the world’s 6 continents have
helped us by producing translations (as well as Martyn, Janet and
Francesco of our own church, plus Sam Watterson of the
Limerick Reformed Fellowship), while others from N. Ireland, the US
and Australia have contributed finance for buying and sending books to
translators. The RFPA have supplied us with books and various Protestant
Reformed evangelism committees (plus Rev. Hanko when he was here) have
provided us with pamphlets—the materials to be translated (along with
on-line articles, creeds, CR News, etc.). Various people from the
US, N. Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have brought PRC literature
with them on flights across the Atlantic, thus drastically reducing our
carriage costs. In short, many people have played a part in this
Of the 123 pamphlets that we distribute free, 121 of
them can be read on-line in English. Of these, 66 have been translated
into at least one language and some into 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 or more
languages. In fact, there are a total of 125 translations of pamphlets
in other tongues (www.cprf.co.uk/pamphlets.htm).
We sell 117 books (www.cprf.co.uk/bookstore.htm).
Some or all of 41 of them are translated into, or reviewed in, 1
language or more. In total, there are 68 translations (or reviews) of
all or parts of our books. Excerpts from Rev. Hanko’s
Doctrine According to Godliness have been rendered into 8
tongues. We also sell a couple of Welsh books.
As you know, there are now monthly editions of the
Covenant Reformed News e-mailed out in German and Italian.
Last Saturday, a translator in S. Africa received
books from us. She plans to translate materials into Afrikaans. It turns
out that the minister of her church is an uncle of Revs. Daniel and
A new translator from Berlin translated Rev. Van
Baren’s pamphlet "The Sovereignty of God" into German and Prof. Hanko’s
"What It Means to Be Reformed." Anganeta Dyck sent us three pieces this
week and she has most of her German translation of "Does God Really
Desire to Save the Reprobate?" (www.cprf.co.uk/articles/doesGoddesire.htm)
complete with just a bit more to do.
A Slovenian piece on Christ’s atonement was put
on-line this week.
Francesco De Lucia recently sent us 8 Italian pieces
(Marco Barone helped with 1 of them). He is currently translating Prof.
The Covenant of God and the Children of Believers into Italian
to help his friends in Italy grasp these important truths. (Francesco
reckons that they need something detailed and lengthy to explain these
truths for them because the shorter pieces can only take them so far.)
A Filipino pastor e-mailed me to say that his next
Tagalog translation should be with us next week. A Brazilian pastor, now
in Scotland, says he plans to translate materials into Portuguese,
though he is also doing a PhD. And there are other helpers in other
languages who have things in the works (e.g., in Portugal, Chile,
On Monday, I received 2 e-mails from an Orthodox
Presbyterian Church minister in California who greatly appreciates the
translations and links to several of them from his church website.
The Italian and Portuguese materials are so long
(approaching 400 pieces each and increasing) that we had to create
separate pages for them (www.cprf.co.uk/languages/italian.htm
www.cprf.co.uk/languages/portuguese.htm). Then, of course, there is
the main translations page with 110 languages with 1 or more pieces (www.cprf.co.uk/languages.htm).
In total, there are about 1320 pieces in 112 foreign tongues. Our
leading languages with the number of translations in each are listed
(Portuguese) - 398
(Italian) - 375
(German) - 78
(Spanish) - 53
(Russian) - 47
(Dutch) - 32
(Filipino) - 28
(French) - 20
(Ukrainian) - 16
Korean - 13
(Slovenian) - 11
(Croatian) - 10
Chinese - 9
(Polish) - 7
(Slovakian) - 6
Romanian - 6
Every day people come to the website through searches
in many languages and read articles in many languages. We have already
seen much good fruit through this work. Something to include in your
prayers! "The night is far spent, the day is at hand" (Rom. 13:12). May
God be honoured through the propagation of the truth of His Word!
"And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to
take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and
hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue,
and people, and nation" (Rev. 5:9).
Yours in Christ,