Thursday: 4th July, 2019

Reference text: Genesis 22:1-19

Genesis 22:6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.

‘London is currently under siege!’ This sounds extreme but the surge in knife crimes represent nothing less than this with a 68th murder probe already launched following a spate of almost daily stabbings. On account of this, everyone is looking for a way to rid the streets of knives. Why? Because knives are dangerous.

In their current state, if the three items listed in the text today were to be ranked in other of increasing danger, possible orders would be: “the wood for the fire, the fire and then the knife” Or “the wood, the knife and the fire”. In both options, it becomes apparent that the wood is deemed the ‘least dangerous’ among the three and it is what Abraham gives to Isaac while he wielded the fire and the knife.

I am unsure why this image caught my eyes today but the statement that keeps ringing in my head is ‘guardians must protect’. Even in the state of turmoil, thinking of how to sacrifice his only son, Abraham subconsciously protected him because that is what a true guardian does. Not to push others into danger to save their skin, but to be a shield for others.

Obviously, the ‘knives and fires’ we are familiar with are able to cause physical harm, but what about the unseen knives and fires? What about the harsh critiques and words of discouragement that reach the ears of our young ones today? What about the fires for violence, greed and ‘easy money’ that is being stoked in their hearts? Are we just going to stand by waiting for them to learn from their experiences of what happens when they play with fire or juggle with knives?

Sweetheart, I have grown to understand that experience is not the best, but the worst teacher since it only presents the lesson after the test; a test which may be failed. Let us do the best we can to keep ‘knives and fires’ out of the hands of those to whom it has no benefit. Let us become real guardians; guardians who protect.


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