Friday, August 18, 2017

August 18, Why do you hate?

I'm taking a detour from my regular posts today because I think this is an issue that needs to be addressed. Today our country is more divided than at any other time in our history. It's not a simple division, we're fractured in a myriad of pieces. Hatred is rampant, it's color against color. It's color against the same color, it's religion, it's politics, it's wealth and poverty. It's any and every issue that you can think of. There are people that hate others simply to hate.  It seems the popular thing to do today is to come out against whatever the president says. Last weekend someone on my FB feed posted a piece against trophy hunting animals. The topic was TROPHY HUNTING ANIMALS, but someone had to spout in that the president's sons engaged in the sport. Why? Why is it necessary to malign the president and his family in every situation? This past weekend things exploded, there is no way to justify the taking of life outside of war or self defense. With the level of outright hate for the man, no matter what the president said or says it will be wrong. I feel a great sympathy for the man, no matter what he does, for some it will never be right. And of course the comments and snide remarks after the fact simply fuel more resentment and hatred. I don't remember if my parents told me this or perhaps a teacher, if you have nothing good to say then say nothing. I am also disturbed by the trend to sanitize our history. Today people want to remove offensive monuments, will we be burning books tomorrow? If you can't see the parallel then you're very near sighted. And who gets to decide what is offensive? I enjoy reading the bible, it's uncensored history. It's God's people with all of their faults and flaws and no-one tries to sanitize that. Why not?  History is important and no matter how badly we may want to forget, it's still history. There may be a time when the public sentiment changes towards some things but right now it's not a good idea to try removing tributes to people's ancestors and not expect a reaction. There are principles of cause and effect. With the current attitudes across the nation, is it really any surprise that things descended into mob violence and the loss of a life? I'm not saying it was right, just that violence is more and more expected. Our president said it's coming from all sides, I don't think he was speaking only about that incident but in general across the nation. College students walk out of graduation simply because they're unhappy with the election. Others stage what might be called a riot because they disagree with what a speaker MAY say. The hatred will not end any time soon, it's existed in the hearts of man for as long as man has existed. You can't legislate it away, but you can make things worse. Here is where I am most disturbed. I expect backbiting, slander, and bigotry from pagans but I see posts from people who I thought were Christians. How do you glorify God when you ridicule another man? I saw a post yesterday that was a visual about incitement, people doing or displaying something that will elicit a reaction. Do you really think that going to any town in the US and removing a monument is not a form of incitement? Or trying to force change because one section is offended by another's. Today I am ashamed and disgusted by some of the people who are my Christian brothers and sisters. We should be different, I don't see it though. The bottom line here isn't just about hate, it's not about politics or symbols. It's a carefully orchestrated plan to divide the country and cause chaos, and it's working. It's working because it's a spiritual battle and the people who should be engaged in the spiritual battle are spending too much time in the politics and social. STOP! JUST STOP!  Love God and love your neighbor, if you can't figure out how to do that then we are in a very bad place.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

August 17, Genesis 17:1-14 The covenant of circumcision

No-one knows exactly when or where the practice of circumcision began, some believe that it started with Abraham but that really doesn't matter. God chose this sign as a reminder of the covenant between Him and the family of Abraham. I've heard several opinions from different bible teachers over the years and they all differ save one item, it was a blood covenant. There needed to be blood shed. I get that part, but the question is why that particular body part? Why not an ear or, body piercing, they too shed blood? I too don't know but here are my thoughts. Being on the sex organ it could represent that the heritage to come will also be a part of the covenant. And by being there it is seen several times daily. A body piercing or a part of the ear cut off may not be seen daily, this is and it's a constant reminder of the covenant with God. I could be wrong too but it's a thought. Nonetheless, God established a blood covenant with Abraham and his future offspring and that covenant still exists. It no longer requires my blood though nor any other's, God Himself supplied His blood for the rest of eternity. 

Today's workout, cardio intervals
High knees, squat, windmill, step over, jump rope climber

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

August 16, Genesis 16, The dumbest animal in the world

I've said this before and it offended some people, probably will again but it's still true. The dumbest animal in the world is a man with an erection. Alarm bells should go off in Abram's head but they didn't. And it should be the same for any man whose wife comes and tells him that it's OK to sleep with her slave, or maid, or friend, or any other woman for that matter. A marriage was originally intended to be between one man and one woman and any time we make changes to that bad things happen. I couldn't find a specific age for Hagar, there is some speculation that she was fairly young. It is thought that she was either a slave given to Abram from Pharaoh, or his daughter and that she was less than 30 years old. So picture this, Sarai is nine or ten years younger than Abram which has her at or over 70. She has just offered  a 30 year old hottie to her 80 year old husband. Right, there are no thought processes going on at all. It was foolish for Sarai to offer and really dumb for Abram to accept. But even though this was not the union that God intended, He made a covenant with Abram and ALL of his children, so Ishmael was blessed too.

Today's workout, legs and butt
Step, split squat R, windmill, split squat L, jump rope, hamstring curls

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

August 15, Genesis 15. God, can I have a written contract?

That's essentially what this is. God gave Abram His word but time has passed and Abram wants something more. If your contractor gives you his word to do work on your house are you satisfied with that? Probably not. Abram is anxious and wants something more. In that culture a contract was made by the parties sacrificing animals and walking between the parts. The terms of the contract would be declared as they walked. So God agreed, He told Abram to get the things ready and He would come, but then He puts Abram to sleep. This contract is a bit one sided, Abram doesn't get to declare what he will do as he can do nothing, but God declares what He will do. It's the same contract He made with me, all Abram had to do was sleep through it and believe. That hasn't changed, it's still God's contract and all that anyone must do is believe.

Today's workout, cardio intervals
Step, climber, windmill, jump rope, get-up, step over

Monday, August 14, 2017

August 14, Genesis 14:17-24 Who is Melchizedek?

Melchizedek only appears in scripture by this name one time, he also bears titles. King of Salem and priest of most high God. Salem was an earlier name for Jerusalem and the name means peace. Melchizedek is therefore called the king of peace. The name Melchizedek means king of righteousness. He's also referenced later in the Psalms and in Hebrews. Jesus is said to be a priest in the order of Melchizedek. While I can't say that I understand how God does things, I am certain that Melchizedek was indeed Jesus in a preincarnate state. There are a few places in the Old Testament where God the man appears, they're called christophanies. God the father never has a human body and neither does the Holy Spirit, but Jesus the Son does, so I believe that this is God the Son.

Today's workout,  back biceps
Step, row, windmill, biceps curl, climber, T

Sunday, August 13, 2017

August 13, Genesis 14:1-16 Abram was a bit of a badass

We have a war of four kings vs five kings and the confederation of the four kings beat the five. They've taken people and property from the different countries which happened to include Lot and his family. Unfortunately we don't know how big the armies of these kings were, we're only told what Abram had, just 318 men. With this seemingly small force he defeats the armies of the five kings, further he divides his army to come at them from different sides. A good tactic but still this seems like a small force. This is like a Stallone or Van Damme movie, but it's recorded here as history. While it doesn't specifically say that God gave Abram the victory, I make the conclusion that He did.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

August 12, Genesis 13:14-18 God's promise to Abram's offspring

Abram is at least 75 year old and we would consider that he is beyond having children yet his father had Abram when he was 70 and lived to 205. So there is still some potential. I don't like moving around. I know that I will need to move at least once more in about 5-7 years and don't look forward to it. But Abram lived a nomadic life and was willing to move around. He put faith in what God told him and traveled through the land. With no evidence so far, he believed that God would give him children and the land.