Friday, December 15, 2017

December 15, Zechariah 3. He will cleanse us from our filth

There are actually several items to see here. It's prophetic and subject to interpretation but here is my take. Joshua, (which is actually Jesus Hebrew name), represents all of Israel and The Lord is Jesus. Satan has come to accuse Israel. There is a text in the book of Jude where it says that an angel disputed with Satan over the body of Moses. That text could mean either a physical body, or it could be the teachings of Moses, ie The Law. So this might be that dispute. Jesus rebuked Satan as only He could. It's hard to grasp the whole time thing but scripture teaches that Jesus was The Lamb from the foundation of the world. So in the end Satan must flee from Him and we are clothed in new clean garments.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

December 14, Zechariah 2. Jerusalem will be a great city

In this prophecy I see some encouragement to continue working and a prophecy of what the city will someday be. Cities up until this time rarely exceeded 10,000 people. The largest city in the first century was Rome with just about 1 million. The city of Jerusalem was a little smaller than one half the size of New York's Central Park. I don't think anyone could conceive of the size of our modern cities. Today in Jerusalem there are 800,000 and in New York nearly 8 million. Certainly when God calls His people home from all of the nations, they will not be able to live in Jerusalem.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

December 13, Zechariah 1. God is jealous for His people

The first section, a call for man to repent and return to God could be said to nearly any people at any time. We can certainly say it today. The prophet here is also giving encouragement in the building of the temple. A warning to not be like their fathers, who turned form God to idols. And a promise that God will once again return to Jerusalem and the people will prosper. This prophecy could be for that time or it could be for a time yet to come. It's the first section that's important, do not be like your fathers.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

December 12, Haggai 2. The coming glory of God's temple

To understand some of this you need to know the stories of Ezra and Nehemiah. when they took the people back to Jerusalem, the people living in the area resisted their efforts and tried to stop them from rebuilding. In this distraction God gives encouragement. Although in the context I believe that the workers thought God spoke of the temple that they were rebuilding but I think it's more a prophecy of the final temple. The original temple that Solomon had built was indeed the most elaborate and ornate. None compared to it in value. But there will some day be a temple that nothing can compare to. God is encouraging His people to keep on working, that He is with them. I believe it was Luther who said that you plus God are an overwhelming majority. If you're doing something and you know that God has called you to it then you can not fail. Just keep focused on the task and avoid the distractions.  

Monday, December 11, 2017

December 11, Haggai 1. Work that never prospers

It seemed fitting to read Haggai and Zechariah after Daniel as the time line flows together. This takes place about 68 or 69 years after Judah was taken to Babylon. Darius, sometimes called Cyrus, has given the decree that Jews can go and rebuild Jerusalem. They return with some enthusiasm but shortly lose that. The destruction was pretty severe and rebuilding would take a long time. So instead they built their own homes and started new lives, leaving the rebuilding, the primary task for the return, to be done later. God chastens them. It wasn't so much that God needs or ever needed a building for Himself, it was a place of focus. Put the things of God first in everything and the rest will fall in place. 

Random cards workout.

Write these exercises on index cards and shuffle them up. Take the top 6 cards and do 30 intervals. Put them at the bottom and the next workout take the next 6 cards.  If you can't do all of these movements just choose the ones that you can and work up to it.

Step, grapevine, climbers, jump rope, jacks, box hop, step over, high knee, burpee, pull up, push up, row, squat, hamstring curl, glute bridge, shoulder press, T, triceps extension, biceps curl, windmill, dip, hug, wall sit, lunge, split squat, Turkish get up, Russian twist, side lunge. 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

December 9, Daniel 12. God's people delivered

This final section of Daniel's prophecy is just as obscure as any other. Again there have been men through the ages who've tried to make it fit various times. There are two significant items to note. One is there will be troubles in every nation as have never before been seen. And God's people will be delivered. The text says all who are in the book. I take that to mean all who have trusted in Christ. Which will include many of the Jews under The Law as the old system still pointed to the promise of messiah. Just as Abraham believed God and it was counted as righteousness. Personally I think the troubles begin after God takes His people away. When The Church is removed, there will no longer be the presence of the Holy Spirit and all that will be left behind will be carnal man. I think that's what hell will be too. Populated only by totally self-centered people, always scheming to make personal gains. That's a world with no love.

Friday, December 8, 2017

December 8, Daniel 11. Kingdoms of men rise and fall

There are a lot of commentaries on this chapter. If one wants to they can follow family lines after Cyrus to see the next kingdoms. But does any of it really matter? Kingdoms of men have risen and fallen, one by one, all through time. Not all rise but all eventually fall, why? Because men believe they can do it all themselves. That kingdoms are built by men, and in some aspects they are, and so they all fall. This will not stop until God Himself establishes the final kingdom, His. It matters not who this prophecy speaks of, it's simply a lesson that man is destined, in his own power, to fail.