In Genesis chapter twenty two we see the remarkable nature of God the father who tests Abraham by asking him to sacrifice his only Son. This in itself was a very cruel thing to ask of Abraham as he had been without a Son most of his adult life until God miraculously enables Sarah to bear him a Son. They call the baby Isaac because God had commanded them to do so and his name means “He Laughs” as they both laughed when God had made this promise.
So the other day while I was waiting for my wife to go into theatre for an elective C-Section I decided to start reading my Bible beginning at the first book. This in itself was not a usual decision as it was the 30th December and with the New Year around the corner I often set a Bible reading challenge for myself. So I began reading in the book of Genesis the book of beginnings not the book of the 1960’s band in which Phil Collins was a part of.
Sometimes it seems like older technologies such as kettles, microwaves, fridges, cars and perhaps hundreds of other everyday items were built to last. I may be being cynical but it seems like products sold in shops these days have an inbuilt redundancy and a short expected life span. This is true of a microwave we recently had to replace it only lasted a few years and it wasn’t like every other meal was made in it! My Pastor who is also a qualified mechanic told me that cars are becoming more difficult to fix with all of the extra gadgetry that they build into them. This brings me to this phrase “They don’t make them like that anymore!”
Matthew 2:11 (NIV)
11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
This verse which is found in the Gospel of Matthew relates to the visit of the 3 wise men to the baby Jesus. Who may have actually been around 2-3 years old and not a baby this was due to the distance that the Wise Magi had traveled from the east. There were no highways, no 4×4 vehicles and no planes, so their single speed camel or horse was all they had to reach the destination of Bethlehem.
Have you ever heard the phrase that “He/She has been here before”? It is usually used when a young child does or says something that is so profound that it hints at prior knowledge. The phrase seems to be primarily used when the thing said or the feat accomplished seems impossible for the individual to have carried out. I am not hinting for a single moment at re-incarnation nor do I think that there is a stream of knowledge running through the space time continuum that we can consciously or un-consciously tap into. I speak completely from a Christian perspective and wish to apply this phrase to another individual that I am sure you all heard off, namely Jesus.
Every year in December we celebrate the season best known as Christmas. During this season we buy presents, wear Christmas jumpers go to festive markets, sing carols, eat mince pies, wrap presents and put up Christmas trees and multi coloured lights.
What do you think of when you consider the Christmas Season?