Monday, October 20, 2014

Micah 2 I will preach to you of wine and strong drink

Read Micah 2

It comes from verse 11, If a man should go about and utter wind and lies, saying, “I will preach to you of wine and strong drink,” he would be the preacher for this people!

The desire for chemical euphoria is certainly not a new thing. Drug use is rampant the world over, ranging from simple alcohols to exotic hallucinogens. Some by prescription, some under the guise of prescriptions. Currently there is a national push for general legalization of marijuana. I will not argue any validity in it's medicinal use, there are certainly examples where it is helpful. My objection is the general legalization of it's use. And the caviler attitude in getting the prescription. I watched a documentary recently where reporters went under cover to several California clinics for the sole purpose of getting marijuana. They told the receptionist that they just wanted to get high and the receptionist told them exactly what to tell the doctor to get the script.

Our government believes the tax revenue it will generate make this a good idea. We should have learned a lesson from tobacco use and the health problems that has caused.

But alas I believe that in the near future, unless God wakes up His people, the laws will change. Just as this scripture says the preacher that brings strong drink and wine, the leader that promises drugs to make people feel better will be the one followed. 

Today's workout.  Grapevines, pull up, burpees, bicep curl, jump rope, row, step up, hamstring curl, T

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Genesis 45 An emotional reunion

Read Genesis 45

Imagine what it must have felt like to hear Judah, the brother that sold Joseph, say that he was willing to take the place of his brother to spare his life and his father's. It says that Joseph had to leave so he could weep. Upon returning there is a great reunion of brothers, no apparent grudges held, just joy at being together again. And Joseph is so well respected by Pharaoh that he commands wagons and provisions sent to Israel to bring them all down to Egypt.  

Today's workout.  Step up, crunch, jump rope, windmill, slam ball, body saw  36b intervals.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Genesis 44 Joseph tests his brothers

Read Genesis 44

This seems like a complicated plan but I think that in the end Joseph wanted to see how his brothers felt about their father. Benjamin was certainly a most favored son and should he die it would break Israel's heart. It was obvious from previous chapters that there was little love from Israel to his sons but Joseph is testing if there is love form his brothers to his father. And what a change in Judah, it was he that had the idea of selling Joseph to the travelers.  

Friday, October 17, 2014

Micah 1 The people will follow their leaders, for good or bad.

Read Micah 1

The people of Israel were separated into two kingdoms, the northern being Israel and the southern Judah. The capitals of each being Samaria and Jerusalem. Micah was a prophet and preacher in both cities, bringing the judgment of God for the rampant idolatry in these capitals. As the leaders of the two nations fell farther and farther from God, the people followed. That concept still hasn't changed, political and social leaders will sett the agenda for any nation. The current state of this world can be attributed to such behavior. The social and political leaders by and large have no regard for God, they're interested in physical pleasures and entertainment. Just as a judgment was pronounced on Samaria and Jerusalem for their idolatry, the same God will judge all cities and peoples for their idolatry.

Today's workout.  Skater, push up, jump rope, I, step, hug, squat, shoulder press, slam ball.  36 intervals

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Jonah 4 Anger at someone else's fortune

Read Jonah 4

Do you ever get angry at someone else's fortunes? Maybe you know someone who lives totally wrong but they seem to win everything. That's actually a fairly common reaction but it's wrong.
Jonah is being self righteous,he lives right the people in Nineveh were unrighteous and God was going to be gracious to them. It's always God's choice to whom He pours out blessings. Maybe the reason for not receiving is the bad attitude. The story ends but the conversation between God and Jonah doesn't. I wonder if he finally got the message.

Today's workout.  weight swing, box hop, crunch, skater, body saw, climber  36 intervals.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jonah 3 The repentant city

Read Jonah 3

I have more questions than answers from this chapter. How far did Jonah go from where the fish vomited him up to get to Nineveh? Did he take a bath and change clothes before going to town?

Maybe his appearance was part of what moved the people. Imagine a man looking a bit pale, clothes tattered, stinks like fish puke. Maybe he has some partially digested fish stuck to him. He walks into town and proclaims judgment from God. That just might get someones attention.

We're not told what the sins of the city were but that when the king heard of the judgment he repented and called the people to also.

Until the judgment of God actually falls, there is time for repentance.

Today's workout.  Step up, squat, grapevine, Y, lunge r, triceps press, lunge l, hamstring curl, jump rope.   36 intervals.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Jonah 2 Salvation belongs to The Lord

Read Jonah 2

I read this prayer of Jonah and it seems more like a prayer of confession than of repentance. I think Jonah still has a problem there, but he does recognize that God is in charge and salvation only comes from Him. In the meantime, God has moved Jonah where He wants him to be.

Today's workout. windmills, skaters, knee tucks, jump rope, side lunge, slam ball.  36 intervals.