Signpost

July 6th, 2010

“Ask a sign for yourself from the LORD your God; make it deep as Sheol or high as heaven.”
But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, nor will I test the LORD!” Isaiah 7:11 & 12

What outrageous contempt! Ahaz, King of Israel, under the threat of invasion, rejects Gods outstretched hand like a petulant child preferring to subject himself to the King of Assyria in exchange for aid against the aggressor. As far as choices go this seems singularly stubborn, obviously contrary, without equal in it’s attempt to cause maximum offence. The Lord here offers not only a promise of safety for his land with the eventual overthrow of the army, but is also prepared to back it up instantly with a demonstration of power of whatever miracle Ahaz can invent. Not many get such a blank canvas. Our minds can probably race full of ideas of what we would ask of God given such an opportunity. And yet Ahaz says “I will not ask” and he throws in some scripture for good measure as if that excuses his behaviour. A scripture, incidentally, we all know and can quote from another message concerning the misuse of scripture.

God does not endure this contempt. He does not hold back and Ahaz gets what’s coming to him.

Then he said, “Listen now, O house of David! Is it too slight a thing for you to try the patience of men, that you will try the patience of my God as well? “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.”
“He will eat curds and honey at the time He knows enough to refuse evil and choose good.” Isiah 7:13-15

There cannot possibly be a Christian who reads that and doesn’t think along the lines of “That’s my Saviour, that’s my Lord, that’s the one who broke my chains, set me free, blessed me with every blessing, walks alongside me, my joy, my comfort, my strength, my Jesus” It shouts through heaven and history. Gods sign of his love for us, the proof of his willingness to keep us secure is that he came amongst us as Immanuel, God with us. As a man, eating real food, living a real life, knowing the choices that need to be made. Understanding humanity from the inside.

To ourselves then what can we apply? We must look at ourselves honestly. It is with gladness I can say I am not like Ahaz, for he was one of the worst, and yet I do not have to go far before I find a place where I have put my assurance in something worldly over that which God offers, Where is my security? Where is my sense of belonging? Where do I go for comfort? Where do I feel best regarded? Where do I got to fulfil my wants? Is it always to God?

Ahaz, in full possession of the facts, made his choice in 2 Kings 16:17 “So Ahaz sent messengers to Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, saying, “I am your servant and your son; come up and deliver me from the hand of the king of Aram and from the hand of the king of Israel, who are rising up against me.”

We as Christian, however, have our sign. Greater that anything Ahaz could have thought of given his opportunity. It is our assurance that we can safely put down those things we go to, thinking they will help, and find the reality of security with God.

Eat the word

March 21st, 2010

Ezekiel 3:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness.

Church meetings often reference our relationship with Jesus with our hearts. That’s based on our western understanding that the heart is the symbolic organ representing our spirit and charector, the literary black hearted villans, big hearted benefactors and charitible hearts of gold.
This verse uses a different organ to great effect. Firstly in INTENTIONALITY. While the Lord does provide, he also asks us to reach to him. We in the west have an abundance of both food and word around us, and yet our god is more often than not that of confectionary than grace.
The word FILLS more than anything else. Gods wisdom ensures we get what we need to survive. His word provides our sustinance better than any pie or cake. More comefort than any chocolate bar. More purpose than any idle snack.
Finally the SWEETNESS of the word is what lingers in our mouths, that taste of grace, sin removed, the promises over our lives and of the age to come. Such delights which we have gained and on top of this our God encourages us to share, there is no famine, but abundance. If you find the concept of the heart leaves you cold, then God has something far more substantial for you today.

It dosn’t feel that long ago

October 15th, 2009

but it’s 13 years

Site Tinkering

August 2nd, 2009

I’ve been doing some site tinkering, none of which you will see the benefit of but I will.

Oh apart from I’ve royally messed about with the gallery. but that’s what you get when you request a comments feature

Updates

July 22nd, 2009

Right we’re now uptodate with the photos – so we’ve April updated, May, June and July to today, we’ve also put up the photos from our April Birchington and May Conway holidays. (although I do need to rearrange and rename them)
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iReport

May 8th, 2009

I played about with iReport 3.5.1 and its new list component, it’s rather good. Here’s what I did.

I have a report that gives food sales within a date range and groups them by the food group (Meat, Vegetables and cake, say). One thing I’ve wanted to do for a while was have the total for each group in the summary at the end of the report. Read the rest of this entry »

March 2009

March 14th, 2009

We’ve updated the family photos section again taking us up to the end of our recent short break at the Glan Conway Flat. It includes Christmas and Christmas visits, Ros’ Birthday Bash, Lukes Birthday and Izaacs Birthday Parties.

Once again, you can catch up on the World of the Robinsons!!

Up to October 5th 2008 Photos

October 7th, 2008

Yes it is true I have finally got up to date (again) with the gallery – I have updated the Photos to now include June, July, August and September.  This included some photos of Soul Survivor (including THE finger incident), Hannah and Kens Wedding and lots of playing in the park. So catch up with the world of the Robinsons.

More Photo updates

June 10th, 2008

We have finally got ourselves up to date on the photos section – so you can now see upto the end of May this year.  That includes – Dave and Claire Nicoles Wedding (in weddings), Christmas and My grans Birthday (under Celebrations) and of course our holiday (Bourton on the water in holidays). There is also photos of William and our lives in Williams Photos month by month!

Photos

September 21st, 2007

We have finally updated the Photo Gallery – we now have up to mid-september, ENJOY!