Wednesday, October 26, 2016

October 26, II Kings 25 Jerusalem destroyed, all of Israel in captivity

This is a sad chapter in so many ways, it's been a little over 400 years, that can seem like a lot and yet just a short time.  I spent time in Germany when I was in the Air Force, and once traveled to Prague on business. In both places I saw structures that have stood since the Roman empire.  The hotel we stayed at in Prague was such a building. That building is 2000 years old. Sort of puts life in perspective.  At Israel's highest they were the local supreme power, that lasted for about 40 years. For the remaining time they steadily decayed. Sad that this was prophesied from Moses, through the Judges and prophets. Now Jerusalem is besieged by Babylon. The city of Jerusalem wasn't that large, smaller than New York's central park, perhaps between a half to two thirds that size. It was easy for Nebuchadnezzar's army to surround it. The siege lasted nearly two years. It's a patient and cruel form of warfare, starving one's enemy to death. Within the city the people resorted to cannibalism again. Finally trying to make an escape they are all captured, the city taken and destroyed. The chief lessons to be learned, God rules this world and will rise up who He wants. Kingdoms ruled by God will prosper and kingdoms ruled by men will decay and fall. It's even sad today that this simple lesson hasn't been learned.

Today's workout, leg's intervals.
High knees, squat, windmills, glute/ham bridge, jump rope, lunges.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

October 25, II Kings 24 Babylon takes Jerusalem

The last two chapters in II kings are pretty sad, a once great and powerful nation has done so much wrong that they have fallen and are now slaves in a foreign land. And I think the worst part about it is they were told what would happen and how to avoid it. It's the same problem humans have had throughout time, we're stiff-necked people wanting to control everything ourselves. Through history every great nation eventually falls, one would think that maybe we'd learn something. Nebuchadnezzar occupied all of the land that was originally Israel and Egypt and Assyria.  Not as big as Rome but the largest empire to date.  These last kings, as small as they are, try to rebel against Babylon.  Not smart on two levels, the most obvious being the size and of course the prophecy. 

Today's workout. Cardio intervals and 1 mile jog.
High knees, chop left, climber, chop right, jump rope.

Monday, October 24, 2016

October 24, II Kings 23:28-37 Josiah's death, his sons are bad kings

This same story is also in 2 Chronicles 35, we get a little more detail there.  Josiah should not have gone against Neco and the way he did was through deception. So many of us do things that we think we should though God hasn't called us to. I think I have a post coming on this topic soon. The result is his death and the first of his sons is taken captive back to Egypt. His second is established as a vassal king, paying tribute to Egypt. Also note that even though Josiah did what was right, Ahaz, Manasseh, and Amon did so much evil that the judgment against Judah would not be reversed. 

Today's workout, Pull intervals.
Step, pull-up, box hop, hamstring curl, climbers, row, skater, bicep curl.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

October 23, II Kings 23:21-26 Josiah calls a Passover

Josiah was so convicted that Israel and Judah hadn't held a Passover feast that he immediately called one. Interesting enough that the timing was precisely when it was called for in The Law, the 14th day of the first month.  Most gentiles don't understand all that the Passover is, I'd say that even today a lot of Jews don't understand all of it.  It begins with a cleaning of one's home, all leaven is removed. A painstaking task in itself. Yeast spores are everywhere, should someone spend the week cleaning the home spotless, then place a lump of dough on an open window sill, it will eventually rise. What a great picture of sin in our world.  We could try to clean ourselves up but when we are open to the world it's still there. The feast culminates with a dinner where the main dish is The Lamb of God.  To a traditional Jew, this lamb represents the same lamb that God provided to Abraham. And that lamb was a foreshadow of The Lamb to come, Jesus the Christ.  The salvation of God's people is and has always been through The Lamb.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

October 22, II Kings 23:1-20 Renewing the covenant

Josiah stands before the temple of God and renews the covenant.  He cleans house, or actually houses. He's removing idolatry and all kinds of foolishness from Judah. From the text it appears that most of the people were in agreement. It sounds like a revival, I've never experienced a real revival, been to some camp meetings but not the revivals like I've read of. Could you imagine the leader of any nation, no matter the size, standing before the people and denouncing pagan worship and committing himself and his people to The Lord? For that to happen here in th U.S. we'd really need the Holy Spirit to move. The thing about all the revivals I've read of is they're unpredictable, and unexpected. So while I look at our society and may think revival among these people is unlikely, I still pray that God will stir up His people.

Friday, October 21, 2016

October 21, II Kings 22:14-20 You didn't follow the directions

While it says that they found the book of The Law it could be any of the books written by Moses. It's historically believed the book found was Deuteronomy, specifically chapters 28-31.  This begins with the promise of blessings for obedience and curses for disobedience.  It even outlines specifically what Israel was not to do, which they did exactly that. King Josiah has turned his heart to God and when he sees what the people have done, and knowing what The Word says he is grieved. I get this, I look at what we've done here in the U.S. in just the last decades.  As a nation we worship people and things, we destroy life because it's convenient, and we deny that God exists. We're too afraid of offending someone than to speak truth. We've become obsessed with individualism and personal gratification. These promises are specifically to Israel but the principles are still the same. Serving God comes with blessings, rebelling against God comes with curses.

Today's workout, Push intervals.
High knees, Squat, windmills, push up, climber, lunge, jump rope, triceps extension

Thursday, October 20, 2016

October 20, II Kings 22:1-13 Josiah rebuilds the temple

Back in II Kings 12 Joash had a chest placed in the temple for offerings to make repairs.  It would appear form this text that they hadn't been keeping up.  Now Josiah starts the practice again. What i find incredible here is that they found the book of The Law which had been lost. Jewish histories say that Ahaz, Manasseh, and Amon tried to destroy all copies of The Law, reminds me of Thomas Jefferson who cut out the convicting passages from his bible. The Word of God is sharp, it cuts and hurts when one strays away. In any case it would be impossible to destroy all of The Law, it's been tried before but one must also remember that it's from God and He will ensure that it remains. Modern humanism is still trying although with a different approach, making claims that the bible is a book of myths, just stories to teach lessons. 

Today's workout, Cardio intervals.
High knees, climber, windmill, jump rope, burpee.