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Rev. Heys is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. When Eliezer, Abraham’s servant, asked Rebekah’s parents for permission to take her to Isaac the very day after he had come there seeking a God-fearing wife for Isaac, Rebekah’s parents called her and asked her whether she would be willing to go that day. They had, we read, told Eliezer that they wanted her to stay with them at least ten more days. For after her departure they would never see her again. In effect it would be as though she had died, for, as pointed out last time,...

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Rev. Heys is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. In Genesis 25:19-26 we find an amazing and very revealing act of our God in His sovereign grace. Esau and Jacob were born to Isaac and Rebekah. And therein we are given a picture that reveals to us an extremely important truth, and a shadow of what we have in God’s grace, and shall enjoy when Christ returns to bring His church to everlasting glory. It is true that God had promised Abraham that he would have seed like the sand on the seashore, and like the stars of heaven in...

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Rev. Heys is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. They were different. Jacob and Esau, the sons of Isaac, were physically but also spiritually so very different from each other. The physical difference is presented in Genesis 25:25, where we read, concerning Esau: “And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment.” Then in the next verse we read: “And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel.” There is nothing in that verse that suggests that Jacob was like Esau physically. Jacob was not red and hairy. But what...

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Rev. Heys is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Do you want salvation? Do you need to be saved from the wrong idea of salvation? There is a world of difference between what some mean by salvation, and what its basic meaning is. The awesome fact is that the first lie presented to mankind was the devilish presentation of salvation. Unto righteous Adam and Eve Satan came with the lie that there was a way for man to be saved from the lie which God gave him. Although he did not present it that way literally, Satan through...

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Rev. Heys is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Last time we considered that work of God’s grace whereby He made a sharp distinction between Jacob and Esau, blessing Jacob even though he did not deserve it, and revealing that there was absolutely no blessing for Esau. We also noted that God very clearly revealed to Rebekah, their mother, that He determined before these sons were born that the elder son would serve the younger one of these twins. Esau, the firstborn, would serve Jacob, who came forth out of his mother’s womb with his hand holding on to...

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Rev. Heys is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. “It is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy.” That we read in Romans 9:16in connection with the truth presented in the preceding verses. In this New Testament chapter the awesome truth presented in the Old Testament, and in regard to the love of God “which is in Christ Jesus our Lord,” is held before us. Here by the apostle Paul. He presents the truth which we considered last time in this department of the Day of Shadows. Paul presents the...

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The late Homer Hoeksema was professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. In the light of the significant data studied in the previous chapter, the few details furnished us by the Scriptures concerning the history of the two spiritual seeds during the prediluvian period may be clearly understood. As we have remarked before, the Scriptures are selective in their account of the history of this period, and extremely brief. Yet they furnish us with sufficient details that we may clearly understand the history. We are told something of the beginning of the two lines, that of...

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Homer Hoeksema was professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Introductory Remarks The Word of God does not furnish us with any kind of detailed account of the history of the line of Seth, the line of the people of God. In the rather remarkable fifth chapter of Genesis we find, apart from the biblical account of the beginning of the covenant line and the account of the consummation of the history of that line (chapters 4, 6, 7), the record of that line. But there is very little detail furnished us. We learn that there...

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Homer Hoeksema was professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Enoch’s Faith The book of Hebrews emphasizes in this connection that Enoch walked by faith. And the application ofHebrews 11:6, that without faith it is impossible to please God, is made in connection with the fact that Enoch pleased God. It is in itself impossible to please God without faith. For without faith we are enemies of God. Without faith we will not seek God, cannot and will not strive to be pleasing to Him. All that is not of faith is sin. But this is...

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The late Homer Hoeksema was professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. God’s Creation of the Heavenly Luminaries (Gen. 1:14-19) The next question to be considered is: for what purpose did God create the heavenly luminaries? The text informs us, in the first place, that they were created to give light: “And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth” (v. 15). Again, in verse 17: “And God set them (referring to the two great lights) in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the...

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