Monday, June 27, 2016

June 27, I Kings 1:28-40

June 27, I Kings 1:28-40

Apparently David make a promise to Bathsheba that Solomon would be the next king.  What is done next removes any doubt and establishes Solomon firmly on the throne.  He rides the king's donkey through the streets of Jerusalem, he goes to the spring Gihon, a place of constantly running water and people always present gathering water.  Publicly the priest and prophet both anoint Solomon to be king, proclaiming him to be God's choice, and he is then placed on the throne to assume the office immediately. There can be no doubt or contest of who will rule after David.

Today's workout, Chest and shoulders.  5 sets 8-12 reps.
Push up, dumb bell shrugs, strap hugs, dumb bell shoulder press, lateral raise with resistance band.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

June 26, I Kings 1:11-27

June 26, I Kings 1:11-27

Modern soap operas can't even compete with the intrigue and deceit in the bible.  Adonijah has set himself up as king.  Bathsheba is seeking that position for her son, Nathan's motives aren't clear but they come together with a story of part truths. Nathan warns Bathsheba that her life and Solomon's were in danger, possibly true as it wasn't uncommon for siblings to kill off any contesting heirs.  I still believe that the whole relationship with Bathsheba and David was contrived by her, bathing in a place where he could easily see her, which lead to their affair and placed her in a position of power. She appears to be a manipulating woman who is accustomed to get her way.  So now picture this, David is old, probably around 70, which today may not seem that old but then it was.  Bathsheba goes to him and he's being attended by Abishag.  We don't know exactly what this means but use your imagination, Abishag was selected to attend to the king in an effort to stimulate him.  She's a beautiful young woman, Bathsheba is at least 50, Abishag might be 20,  that's got to set Bathsheba on edge. Although the logical succession would be the eldest son the traditions of the day allowed the king to name his successor, even a non relative could be named heir, so until the king himself actually proclaimed who would reign the position is up for grabs. 

Leg workout today.  5 sets 8-12 reps
Leg curl, leg extension, dumb bell squat, walking lunges, leg press.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

June 25, I Kings 1:5-9

June 25, I Kings 1:5-9

Adonijah is setting himself up as king but there is a difference between this and what Absalom did.

Adonijah was apparently the eldest living son and by logical succession would be the next king, David was old and apparently did not directly disapprove of Adonijah's actions. He's also a bit more open in his doings yet still key people are not supporting his claim. The men who fear God are all waiting on God to determine who will be the next king, those following after Adonijah are worldly men looking for worldly things.

Friday, June 24, 2016

June 24, I Kings 1:1-4

June 24, I Kings 1:1-4

There's a certain level of humor in this and a level of practicality, not that it was right.  I hope that if I ever get so old that a pretty young lady cant turn me on I just die.  With David's history concerning women it's surprising but I suppose age does cause systems to break down. I don't understand exactly what spiritual lesson this section teaches but it does show us a bit more about humanity.

Friday Back biceps 5 sets 8-12 reps
Pull down, row, total gym breast stroke, dumb bell bicep curl.  

Thursday, June 23, 2016

June 23, Joel 3:17-21

June 23, Joel 3:17-21

This is obviously a prophecy of times to come, a time when Israel will worship God and not have dealings with those who do not.  A time when the enemies of Israel will be brought low and judged for their actions. Israel, or more specifically the Jewish people, is one of the greatest arguments for the existence of God.  They have remained both a people and culture for thousands of years while other cultures have died away. Perhaps this prophecy speaks of a time right before Christ returns, or maybe it speaks of His final kingdom. In any case it shows God's faithfulness to His promise to establish Israel for ever.

Today's workout, Chest shoulders intervals.  
High knees, push up, climbers, Y, jump rope, bench dip.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

June 22, Joel 3:9-16

June 22, Joel 3:9-16

In Isaiah 2 God says turn your swords to plowshares, here He says the opposite.  There will someday be a time of universal peace but that time won't come until Christ returns.  There will also be times of war when every able bodied person should prepare to fight.  In this prophecy the nations are rising against Israel and God is calling all of His people to battle. I know some that believe the armor of God is sufficient, that we wrestle with spiritual forces.  While that is true, sometimes those spiritual forces use mundane weapons. I won't debate gun control but Jesus told His disciples that a day would come when a man should have a sword.  We should be ready to defend ourselves against any attack, spiritual or mundane.

Today's workout.  Leg intervals. High knees, step up on bench Left leg, jump rope, step up on bench right leg, climber, glute-ham bridge, windmill, goblet squat.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

June 21, Joel 3:1-8

June 21, Joel 3:1-8

There's a lot here in these 8 verses.  A prophecy of God judging all nations, this could refer to the end of days, when God judges all of mankind or it could be any one of a number of times when God brought His people back.  Possibly a bit of each.  Some things I find striking are the levels of carnality spoken of here.  You traded a boy for a prostitute and a girl for wine.  This isn't unique to the times, all around the world children both boys and girls are traded and sold for any number of lusts, another example of how the nature of man at a base level simply doesn't change.  There is judgment for people who have cheated Israel in business, and for those who sold them out to other nations.  It says here Greeks but I think of all the so called peace negotiations that included giving parts of Israel to Palestine.  Nations doing this are selling out God's people, there's an impending judgment coming.

Today's workout. back-biceps intervals.  Step, total gym or strap pull up, windmill, row, jump rope, biceps curl.