Saturday, November 22, 2014

Exodus 3 Moses argues with God

Read Exodus 3

I think most people in the educated world have heard the story of the burning bush. I have a slightly differing opinion, just a thought. What if the bush wasn't actually burning but God was standing behind the bush and His shikinah glory was shining through? We're taught in many places that man may not look directly at God, what if God put this bush between himself and Moses? At that time the only concept of light would come either form the sun, the moon, or a fire. So if a bush is lit up it must be on fire right? Just a thought, could be wrong. In any case the bush isn't important, it's the conversation.

God says to do this and Moses says I can't. God says, I'll take care of the details and Moses says I still can't. Ever had that conversation with God? You can't win, I do sometimes wonder if God enjoys the conversation anyway.  

Friday, November 21, 2014

1 Sam_5 Yes God gave them hemorrhoids

Read 1 Samuel 5

The Philistines take the Arc and place it next to their idol Dagon. The question which I have and is not answered is how did they move it? God kills people who touch the arc and aren't supposed to. in any case, each morning we see the idol bowing down to God as represented by the Arc. In verse 6, depending on your translation it may read that God gave them tumors, boils, emerods. I had an old study bible at one time that I'd gotten from a thrift store which had notes written in several places. This was one of those places so I did some research. According to the commentator Adam Clarke, (1760-1832) the word used here was 'apholim', which means 'bleeding piles'. Which when you think about it, it makes sense and shows that God has a sense of humor. For someone with uncomfortable hemorrhoids, the only position they can find any comfort would be lying face down. Although God allowed the Philistines to capture the Arc, he prostrates them for their idolatry. They may have defeated the people of Israel but no-one can defeat the God of Israel.

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

Thursday, November 20, 2014

1 Sam_4 The Arc was not a rabbits foot

Read 1 Samuel 4

Israel is fighting with the Philistines (they still are today too), and losing. Apparently some of them remember the stories of Moses and Joshua going to battle with the Arc and winning. Of course the reason wasn't the Arc, it was what was represented. By bringing the Arc first they placed God first. In this case they look at the Arc in some superstitious manner, expecting God to work for them just because they brought the Arc. It's become no longer a representation of God living with them but an idol. And because of this attitude they lose it to their enemies. 

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

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

1 Sam_3 Sins with no atonement.

Read 1 Samuel 3

Jesus speaks in Matthew 12 about unforgivable sin. I've heard a lot of different comments on this but to place it in the simplest terms, if someone is worried that they may have committed this then they shouldn't worry. But this isn't exactly the same. Salvation and forgiveness is and has always been by faith in Christ.

Under the Law it was looking forward to the messiah and today it's looking back, but still the same salvation from the same place. God says here that the sins of Eli and his sons will not be atoned by sacrifice or offering. That they are condemned to die. It does not specifically tell us if it's just a physical death or eternal. But what Eli does after Samuel gives him the prophecy is disturbing, he makes no effort to repentance. There are many other cases where God issues a death prophecy to someone who then repents and God allows them to live. Because of the grace given us through Christ, the only sin for which there is no forgiveness is the one for which we don't ask forgiveness.

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

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

1 Sam_2 Parents are responsible for their children

Read 1 Samuel 2

Eli's sons were doing pretty much anything that they wanted and disobeying all of God's laws. While the scriptures teach us fairly plainly that we are each responsible for our actions, there is also a responsibility by parents to properly teach, and discipline. We are not told how old the sons were or for how long they were doing what they were but we can assume they were adults. We're also not told how they grew up. Though Eli tries to rebuke his sons, apparently he was too late, somewhere else along the line Eli should have taken action and God is holding him accountable. There is a significant difference between this and the story of the prodigal. In that story the son leaves home and is not supported by his father. In this case Eli is enabling bad behavior.

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

Monday, November 17, 2014

Samuel the last judge and great prophet

I think I've had enough of depressing prophecies for awhile, time for a change of pace.
We've actually looked at a lot of the books but not Samuel so that's where we're going.
There are 31 week days left in the year and 31 chapters in 1 Samuel so this seems to work out quite well

Samuel is considered a prophet and the last judge, he accomplished a lot in is life but most people only remember him for anointing David to be king.

Read 1 Samuel 1.

Samuel is born to godly parents, his father kept the duty of attending worship yearly at Shiloh, his mother humbled herself in prayer. She kept her promise to God and gave her first son to Him. We have no exact age for Samuel but it is safe to believe older than five and younger than twelve. Interesting that that's the same age where we begin schooling our children today. Those are the years where a child is most influenced. Samuel was exposed to some very conflicting influences, and perhaps it's because of this that he turned out as he did. On one hand he has Eli, as far as we can tell an obedient priest but poor father. And Eli's sons, Hophni and Phinehas, both priests but evil and corrupt. Even in this environment God is able to mold Samuel into the proper character.

Today's workout.  Grapevines, pull up, burpees, bicep curl, jump rope, row, step up, hamstring curl, T  36 intervals.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Exodus 2 God is always in control

Read Exodus 2.

Although Pharaoh makes a decree to kill all of the male children, God will call one of these who should be dead to be His servant. Here is a right time and place occurrence that I wonder about. Moses' mother happens to place him in a floating basket at just the right time for Pharaoh's daughter to find him. Pharaoh's daughter just happened to be in the mood to take in a baby. And of course Moses' sister just happened to watch the whole thing.

Moses becomes a pivotal person both in the Jewish history and in the Christian history. Not only will Moses be the leader of God's people, but he will be educated in Pharaoh's house, the same Pharaoh that ordered him killed. God has a sense of humor.

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