Tuesday, August 4, 2015

August 4, 1 Corinthians 10

It is interesting how so many of the pagan religions involve sex in their practice.  I think it's the enemy enticing people to defile themselves in pleasures.  The choice is still a person's, we can't say the devil made me do it, there is always free will.  The text in vs 7 - 9, where it says they rose up to play. That phrase most likely means idol worship to include erotic dances, a sacrifice to a demon and sexual orgies.  The story is in Exodus 32.  People cannot partake of such practices without some judgment.

Today's workout. Step, grapevine, burpee, windmill, jump-rope, sandbag.  36 or 42 intervals

Monday, August 3, 2015

August 3, 1 Corinthians 9

Paul makes a case that according to The Law, the priests and temple servants would receive a portion of offerings to support themselves and their families.  The church should operate in similar fashion.  We are a bit different though, we no longer bring grain and meat offerings. I like Paul's attitude, he has a means to earn a living and in doing so can reach out to a larger audience.  The Jew was compelled to study Torah and attend temple worship, the Christian makes a choice, albeit we are drawn by The Holy Spirit.  Paul was more concerned with reaching people than earning a wage, truly called by God.  Too many preachers today are more concerned with a career than a calling.

Today's workout.  Back. Squat reach, chin-up, grapevine, row, jump rope, good-morning

Sunday, August 2, 2015

August 2, Numbers 7

When the tabernacle was finished a part of the dedication offering were six carts drawn by 12 bulls. Notice how the carts were to be used, two for the sons of Gershon and four for the sons of Merari. None for the sons of Kohath. We need to go back to Numbers 4 to understand why. The sons of Gershon were to carry the tent coverings, essentially any cloth item was their responsibility. The sons of Merari were responsible for all of the structure, the beams and blocks. The sons of Kohath were responsible for the holy things, the altar, ark, lamp-stand, table. The holy things of God were only to be carried by men, not on any man-made contrivance. No specific reason is given, perhaps a message that God always wants to be close to people, that the message of God should be carried on a personal level, or perhaps because no matter what we build it is an inferior device and God's things should not be placed on them.  

Saturday, August 1, 2015

August 1, Numbers 6

A Nazirite was a person that took vows to separate themselves to God for service. There is only one instance that I find it is a compulsive position from God, that is Samson. There are three specific named cases, Samson, Samuel and John the Baptist. Other cases are referenced but no names given. Samson was supposed to be a Nazirite from birth through his life and he failed in all aspects. There is noting to indicate that either Samuel or John did not keep the vow. There are no commands for anyone to take such vows, God simply places a requirement on people who chose to do so. Taking vows is a serious affair and I think God wants to stress this. If one intends to set themselves apart for Him then they need to be serious about it.  

Friday, July 31, 2015

July 31, 1 Corinthians 8

There were several animals in the Old Testament that God set as unclean and not to be eaten.  Some of those were because pagans worshiped the animal, some were because it carried diseases, and some were simply nasty animals.  In the book of Acts chapter 10 God sends a vision to Peter and tells him to kill and eat unclean animals. I feel that at this point the old prohibition was removed, could be wrong.  In any case there are still people that either can't or won't eat certain foods either for health or religious reasons.  If your eating of some food will offend a friend or cause some confusion, just don't do it.  Don't have a ham sandwich with a Jewish friend.

Today's workout. Chest-shoulders. Step, push-up, rocking plank, Y, hops, hugs. 36 or 42 intervals.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

July 30, 1 Corinthians 7

The bible actually has a lot to say about sexual relations.  Paul addresses several topics, if you are single and can remain celibate, then that is better, you can focus more on God.  But if you feel those lusts then it's better to marry.  Pretty logical stuff.  Judging by the content of this letter, Paul expected Jesus to return shortly and for the 'present' age to end.  Most generations through history feel the same way.

Today's workout, cardio.  Step, side lunge, high knee, squat, grapevines, climbers.
36 or 42 intervals.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

July 29, 1 Corinthians 6

Two hot topics in today's reading, first up is lawsuits.  Should a believer file a lawsuit?
That's a hard one to answer, Paul specifically addresses believers against believers here but what if the grievance is against a pagan?  This is an area that I am currently struggling with.  We have an issue with a non-believer, I've resisted any type of legal action, trusting that God is my advocate.  So many Christians around me keep advising I get an attorney.  Do we keep faith in God or faith in the courts of man?  In any case there are too many lawsuits and far too many attorneys.  All day long on the radio I hear ads for different firms, bragging about how much money they settled a suit for.  Such a huge element of greed motivating so many people.  

Second issue is a verse commonly misrepresented.  Verse 12, "All things are lawful to me". This is attributed to Paul because it's in his letter but in most translations it is bracketed in quotes.  This is because it was a common phrase of the day.  God has forgiven all sins past present and future so I can do anything.  WRONG!  There are today people that teach this exact philosophy.  Paul here is quoting their attitude and addressing the fact that it's wrong.  Certainly we can not do anything and not expect to suffer consequences.  

Today's workout, legs.  Step, squat or wall sit, windmills, hamstring curls, jump rope, lunge.  36 or 42 intervals.