Friday, September 19, 2014

Hosea 14 A word of hope



Read Hosea 14

The whole book of Hosea deals with how Israel was disobedient and how they would suffer from that.

It is underlined with promises though that should they repent, things would be different. There are lots of warnings throughout life that we simply don't heed then or now. Here at the end of the book God gives a word of encouragement, it could be for the whole nation or just for the prophet and faithful of God. Some day His people will turn back to Him and He will receive them. It's a cycle repeated through history, God's people follow Him and prosper, they fall away and suffer, finally to repent and return to prosper again. It's time to repent and return to God.

Today's workout, Push 2- grapevine, lunge, box hop, hug, slam ball, shoulder press  30 or 36 intervals

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hosea 13 The point of no return.



Read Hosea 13

There is a point from which people will descend and not be able to return back. You and I would not know what that point is but God does. I've seen people fall pretty far, thinking that they've reached bottom and yet still will not change only to go even farther. Some people may think it cruel for God to kill His people, yet if we could see the potential evil to come from them we might understand. Many question why God allows such things, it's all about free will.

In this chapter there is a statement that 'they kiss calves'. The idolatry had gone so far that they actually kissed the idols they made, it was a test to see what god people followed. As a people fall farther and farther from God, they will attempt to remove every aspect of God from their lives and replace it with an idol.


God prophesied here of what would happen, the actual history dates are not clear but this was written before Israel was destroyed and the northern kingdom scattered. God simply told His people what would happen if they stayed on the current course.    


Thursday Pull 2 - step, pull up, skater, bicep curl, burpee, high shoulder row
36 intervals.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hosea 12 With no God everything is permitted.


Read Hosea 12

Israel has descended to an extreme low morality. They sacrifice to idols throughout the kingdom.

God calls them by different names, Israel or Jacob meaning the whole nation, Ephraim meaning the northern kingdom and Judah the south. The north was idolatrous from their very beginning but Judah held out. There are some principles here that people will test boundaries, much like children will see how much they can get away with. We test God and when nothing happens we push farther. Eventually we completely forget God and descend to total depravity. Society becomes self centered seeking only personal pleasures. Sound familiar?  

Today's workout Cardio 1;  Step, crunch, gv, burpee, wm, skiers.  30 intervals

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Hosea 11 God truly loves His people.


Read Hosea 11

This chapter speaks of so many ways that God showed His love for Israel. He delivered them many times, made them to prosper, He gave them The Law, which if one were today to ask a practicing Jew what the most important gift God gave them was they would say The Law. Yet His people chose not to obey The Law. That hasn't changed, we still choose not to obey. I frequently hear the question why does God either do or allow tragedies in our lives. The answer is fairly simple, we choose our own paths. There are times when we're influenced and we may suffer because of what someone else has chosen but bye and large we choose our own paths. There are a couple of catch phrases that I hear a lot which are really pretty foolish. Both are supposed to comfort or explain situations. First is 'everything happens for a reason'. Yup that's true and sometimes the reason is that you're a twit. The second is 'what doesn't kill us makes us stronger'. Really? Does anyone actually believe that?


I can almost hear the grief in God's voice as Israel's enemies take them captive, and it's not because God did it. It's because Israel set the wheels in motion themselves. We still have the gift of The Law, it shows us very plainly where we fail. But we also have the gift of grace which shows us how much God loves His people. He loves us so much that He came Himself to fulfill all of The law and all we need do is accept that gift from Him.   

Today's workout.  Push 1- step up, push up, jump rope, squat, windmill, triceps press  36 intervals.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Hosea 10 We have no king



Read Hosea 10

In verse 3 Hosea says “We have no king for we do not fear the Lord.”.  Israel had a king on their throne but he wasn't really a king in that he had no leadership qualities.  This sounds so much like leaders of our current day.  So many nations are ruled by people with no real leadership qualities,  Trying day to day only to please the most vocal groups.  The entire world today suffers from economic depression and terrorism.  We need real leaders with integrity who fear God.

Today's workout; Pull 1- grapevine, row, slam ball, ham curl, jump rope, T  36 intervals.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Genesis 35 Soap operas have nothing on the bible.


Read Genesis 35.

Jacob was concerned in the last chapter that the Canaanites would come after him because of what his sons did. We see here that as he was obedient God protected him. Benjamin is born and Rachael dies. We also see a family struggle for power. Reuben sleeps with his father's concubine, a direct challenge for the position of power and authority. And we think we have dysfunctional families today.


The bible is filled with real characters that had real problems and committed real sins, just like you and I. Yet these same characters somehow found grace by knowing their faults and trusting in God. That too hasn't changed. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Genesis 34 Schemes plots and deceit. Life in general.

Read Genesis 34

This chapter begins with Jacob's daughter Dinah being raped by Shechem.  And from there things simply cascade down hill.  Personally I think the crime of rape should be a capital offense, unfortunately at that time women were looked at as property, valued below cattle.  The next problem is Jacob's weakness, his daughter is defiled and he does nothing.  Maybe it's because she's Leah's and not Rachael's daughter.  Then he actually entertains the concept of giving her to the man that raped her.  While I understand what her brothers did, Shechem deserved to die for his crimes, the method certainly wasn't noble and they went too far.