Saturday, July 23, 2016

July 23, I Kings 12:1-15

July 23, I Kings 12:1-15

We need a little background on Rehoboam.  Many commentaries believe that he was Solomon's only son and that Solomon spent little time with him.  We can see from his character an example of how a father is important in a child's development.  The scripture tells us that God used Rehoboam for His purpose to divide Israel.  This doesn't mean that God gave this man a selfish and foolish attitude, his family and social influences did that. God  simply used Rehoboam for His purpose.  Perhaps had Solomon remained faithful to God and actually raised his son in that way Israel would not have been divided.

Today's workout. no – equip cardio 30 intervals and 1 mile jog  
Squat, climber, windmill, side lunge, jacks.

Friday, July 22, 2016

July 22, I Kings 11:23-43

July 22, I Kings 11:23-43

Finishing this chapter we see that God raised up other adversaries against Solomon.  And we have the prophecy of how God will divide the kingdom to ten tribes and one tribe, the tribe of Levi is not included as they were the priests of all Israel and will go wherever the ark and the temple is.  We know just a little of Jeroboam, that he was a hard worker and able to lead others, Solomon made him a foreman in the construction of millo.  Other than that we know little.  God chose him for His own reasons and made the same promise as He made Solomon, if you do what is right and walk in My ways I will bless you.  Why is that so hard to do?  Simply walk in God's ways and be blessed?  Because we are a stiff-necked and prideful people, all of us.  We all have authority problems and rebellious spirits.

Today's workout, chest-shoulders intervals. 
High knees, push up, box hop, bench dip, jump rope, hug, windmill, db shoulder press.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

July 21, I Kings 11:9-22

July 21, I Kings 11:9-22

Some of the stories in the Old Testament of what God did seem a bit peculiar to me and this is one of them.  We begin with the fact that God is not happy with Solomon for his disobedience. The text actually says that God was angry, I know some pharisees who try to say it's a sin to get angry, apparently not.  Then we're told that God spoke to Solomon concerning his disobedience.  How did He speak?  Was it directly as with Moses and Samuel or was it through a prophet as with Nathan and David?  Questions like this bother me but I suppose that if I needed to know God would have been more specific.  Two items that I find significant in this are (1) that we're not told if Solomon showed any form of repentance (contrast this to Nathan and David).  And the second is the issue with Hadad the Edomite.  Here is a man who's been living in Egypt for years and for all we know prospered there, but now that David is dead he decides to go get even.  Again I have these nagging thoughts, did Hadad harbor a spirit of revenge for the entire time or did God stir up the memories and emotions?  The way the text reads seems like the latter.  Here's the basic lesson I get from this, first remain obedient to God because in those times when we're not obedient God can raise up an adversary against us.

Today's workout,  back biceps intervals. 
Step up, pull up, burpee, biceps curl, jump rope, row, windmill, T.

July 21 Feeling a bit confused

July 21 Feeling a bit confused


My daily blog is posted on two different hosting sites, Sparkpeople and Blogger. I started on Sparkpeople but they censored me a few times because my views were “intolerant” so I started the second blog here. Been doing this nearly every day for over three years. I don't know if God prompted the whole thing or if it was just an idea. Personally I like reading the scriptures, and in the past several years realized that most of the Christians I know haven't read the bible. And many who have read it just do it as an exercise to get it all read in a year. I question the retention in that practice. So I started the blog, not as an in depth study, just a means of encouraging people to read something daily and then some thoughts. Maybe something a little different than what was expected. I have no idea how many people read it, I don't think there are a lot, I know at least a dozen on each blog host and I know that it's read daily in New Zealand which I think is real cool. I post a link to the blog on some Facebook group pages, again encouraging people to at least open the book. I know that some people see the Facebook post but don't even know that it's a link to a page with some commentary. One person told me they thought it was just a daily workout. In any case I was asked to not post on one group page any more, apparently encouraging people to read the bible and spend time with God is a distraction. I am a little surprised and disappointed but I'll be obedient and not post there again. So if you've been following along from that group the links will no longer be there, just bookmark this page and you can still read the daily posts. I try to have them up by 6:00 am even when I'm traveling but sometimes things don't always work out. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

July 20, I Kings 11:1-8

July 20, I Kings 11:1-8


The end of Solomon's kingdom and of Israel's prosperity began with Solomon's lusts. How can a man have any form of piety to God with more than one wife? Here is Solomon with 1000. Certainly he did not have relations with all of them and some were perhaps a formality. It was a custom to give princesses as brides in trade and peace agreements. Still we know that Solomon did have intimate relations with several as they turned his heart from God to their own idols. One may wonder how it could be possible for a man who once spoke with God to turn to worshiping things. Just as this was possible then it still is possible today, any person could still come to a relationship with God yet be drawn away by the lusts of flesh and turn away.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

July 19, I Kings 10:14-29

July 19, I Kings 10:14-29

Much or the remainder in this chapter deals with the wealth that Israel enjoyed while Solomon was king.  Gold, silver and precious stones flowed into the country from surrounding nations.  There are two distinct aspects to this, first God promised to Solomon that He would bless Israel as long as they kept His commands, and secondly the reign of Solomon can be a picture of the reign of Christ when He comes to establish His permanent kingdom.  In that day all of the earth will pay tribute and in His kingdom gold and silver will be in abundance.  The last part of this chapter though shows the beginning of the end, God forbade Israel to use horses, their primary use was for warfare and God Himself was to be Israel's greatest weapon in war.  Solomon's gathering of horses and chariots was open disobedience to God.

Today's workout, chest-shoulders intervals.
High knees, push up, box hop, bench dip, jump rope, hug, windmill, db shoulder press.

Monday, July 18, 2016

July 18, I Kings 10:1-13

July 18, I Kings 10:1-13

Another famous story of Solomon's wisdom, the news of which spread and the queen of Sheba came to see.  There is a principle here in that as Jesus said; “If I be lifted up I will draw all men to me”.  At this time in Solomon's rein he is still expressing great piety and revering God.  So God is being lifted up, exalted above men and the holy spirit is drawing others to Himself.  The meeting and discourse with Solomon and the queen is a fairly common story, how she marveled at his wisdom. An item that isn't too commonly noted though is that it's believed they had a son together and that son became the king in Ethiopia, moreover he brought the Law of Moses with him and established a form of Judaism there.   

Today's workout, back and biceps intervals.
Step up, pull up, burpee, biceps curl, jump rope, row, windmill, T.