Goliath’s message to the Israelites explains the cause of all fighting and war–the desire to rule, to dominate, for power and others to serve us. It reminds me of the Jews of Christ’s day who pictured in his parable said, ” We will not have this man to rule over us!” We want others to serve us rather than the attitude of Christ who came to serve and still serves his people (Phil.2:3-9).
David had one great source of encouragement as he faced the 9 foot 6 inch giant, he knew his God would deliver him just as he had done, when he had fought a bear and a lion before in keeping his sheep.
David’s message was that God fights the battle against all the forces of evil–Satan, the demons and reprobate mankind. He has already won the battle in principle on the cross where the world was judged–his people justified and his enemies exposed as murderers. The public victory awaits the end of the world. All power is now Christ’s and he will subdue all things (I Cor.15:28, Phil.3:21).
We all like trophies! David’s was rather unusual and gruesome–Goliath’s head and his armour.
Saul was shown to be reprobate by his hatred of David and desire to kill him (Psalm 34:21 ” Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.”)
Thurs July 30th
Despite the heat I headed out for a jog around midday and then some sprints (60m) across the football field and some weights.
Lunch followed by Scrabble with Kirsten and Marie.
Near 4pm we set out for the beach-nice waves, body boarding and body surfing.
On the way!
Marie, Joseph, Chris with Michelle seated.
Shared at devotions
Fantastic World Youth Championships Long Jump competition in Cali, Colombia recently-over 8 metres! These guys are under 18 and I believe one was 16.
Exodus 1 12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew.
Exodus 3 2 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
The famous emblem of many Presbyterian churches is from this event–“Aflame but unconsumed.”
Exodus 3 14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. 15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.
The reason affliction made them strong and that they were not consumed even in their weakness was that JEHOVAH the great unchangeable I AM was with them as their God and helper. Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth. “Before Abraham was I AM” said Jesus Christ and his immutability is taught in Hebrews 13:8.
Weds July 29th
Off to Guayaguayare via Stonebright village where in a culvert by the road I saw a Cayman about 6-8 feet long which slunk down into the water and into the pipe under the road. We had been told by a grand nephew it was there and it seemed to be left alone by the locals and it left them alone.
Nice lunch at Shantie’s (see pic of rice, dhal and curry chicken) where this little spider was seen (much enlarged) and swallowtail butterfly, then after it cooled down a bit off to the beach/murky lagoon (see pics)
Jogged and sprinted on beach then home via Cayman gully where Marie and Joseph saw one-was it the same one or a smaller pal? Back in Mayaro Michelle has now returned from her Far East tour.
Hebrews 3:13 “But exhort one another daily , while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”
Pray, wait for the right opportunity, do it in private.
Tues 28th July
Usual start to day but today off into the country with brother-in-law Krishna to visit no less than five aunts and uncles-in-law who all live very close together in Union village. Rita with daughter Linda and Donald first and their newborn daughter, Aunt Agnes, Uncle Abraham and family, Sonny boy and Kelly, Uncle Gilbert and son Kelvin where I got to catch up with newspapers and particularly how T&T got three golds at Pan-American Games. Walcott won javelin, Borel in women’s shot and the 4x400m men.
Saw one of these which apparently get very big–Joseph recognised it as a Tegu Lizard. Plantain chips are very tasty, like our crisps but made of thin slices of plantain which is a type of big banana.
Clearly in the Christian pilgrimage we do not walk by sight. We love a Saviour we cannot see and we do not set up idols or icons like Roman Catholics to “help” us worship. Scripture teaches we walk by faith as feelings are so changeable and are not the gauge of truth or spiritual reality. Our faith comes by the ear in hearing and goes into the mind. Christianity par excellence is based on knowledge. We are saved by knowing God revealed in Christ in Scripture. The Spirit of God inspired Scripture as our guide in everything. We have the mind of Christ. The combination of Scriptural truth preached by Spirit-filled men is what God has blessed in all the history of the church. This is the water of life to thirsty souls. Hence when we are in a place whether private or public where the truth of God is being explained by a man of God there we will find and know and experience the presence of God.
Personal devotions, some web work, lunch, kick around at football with some boys, then off to visit Reese , Gideon and their two children in Mafeking village. Had a lovely chat/fellowship covering a wide range of topics spiritual and physical with Gideon, who works in the gas industry.
Joseph with their pet Amazon Orange Winged Parrot
Gideon, Reese and Ethan.
Retuned home after short drive to do some jogging with Marie.
Sunday July 26th 2015
To Tunapuna to church at Tunapuna Evangelical Reformed Church at 11 and a good message on Genesis 2—God’s clear delineation of gender and their roles. Lovely lunch and fellowship with church friends in Tacarigua (see pics on the verandah) and then drive home to Mayaro.
Our hosts were Paul and Jennifer Seemurath (blue top and seated in corner).