Sunday, February 7, 2016

February 7, 1 Samuel 2:22-26

February 7, 1 Samuel 2:22-26


Eli's sons are pretty bad, again I say that power corrupts and it certainly corrupted these men. Isn't it interesting how the evils don't change through time? These men abused power, coveted wealth, had sexual relations with subordinates. That almost sounds like our congress. Eli took no direct action to stop them. He had the authority to throw them out but these are his sons. The problem though began long before this, it was while these boys were growing up. Discipline, rules and consequences are needed to properly raise kids. The last part of verse 25; for it was the will of the Lord to put them to death. Looks like God's intent was to kill these boys. But the word translated as 'for' could also be translated 'therefore' which significantly changes the meaning. 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

February 6, 1 Samuel 2:12-21

February 6, 1 Samuel 2:12-21


The law established that a portion of each sacrifice was to go to the priests, that did not include the fat. God commanded that the fat was His to be burned on His altar. Eli's sons preferred roasted meat and took what should've been God's portion. It's the old adage that power corrupts and here we see it played out. The priests had absolute power and it corrupted them. Concerning Hannah's children, some find in verse 21 a contradiction to verse 5 being 6 instead of 7 children but I look at this as being after the fact and she actually may have had 12 or more children, they didn't have TV sets back then.

Friday, February 5, 2016

February 5, 1 Samuel 2:1-11

February 5, 1 Samuel 2:1-11 

Hannah prays, or more specifically she praises and prophecies. Her prayer has a certain beauty to it. The best prayers are those that don't involve a lot of thought, simply spoken from the heart. Hannah begins with praise and acknowledges that there is none like God, He is the rock, the source of all. Take no personal pride because all that you have and all that you are is because of God, it's a proper humble attitude. In verse 5 she declares about herself, the barren has bore seven children. So from this we can get an idea of how old Samuel was. If she were to be constantly pregnant, and observe all of the Jewish customs after each pregnancy it would be 10 1/2 months for each. That's 74 months or about just over 6 years. This then seems logical to me, an infant or a toddler could not minister to the priest but a boy of 6 to 8 could. So I expect that Samuel was around 8. 

Today's workout. Full body; Pull up, Squat, Hugs, Shoulder press, Biceps curl, Dips, Row, Lunge. Do 32 or 40 intervals.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

February 4, 1 Samuel 1:20-28

February 4, 1 Samuel 1:20-28

Hannah brings Samuel to The Lord with the required sacrifice. A bull three years old and an ephah of flour.  So what is an ephah you ask, seven and a half gallons.  That's a lot of flour.  Hannah has kept her vow, bringing Samuel to God for service.   The text says 'weaned' him which could mean a variety of things.  We'll see in the next chapter a little better what this probably meant. But consider Hannah's commitment to God, she takes her first child and before he's grown gives him to the priest to serve God. That had to be hard to do.  That's a high level of commitment, something rarely seen today.

Today's workout, cardio intervals.  Step, jump rope, windmill, burpees, plank, step over. 36 intervals.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

February 3, 1 Samuel 1:9-20

February 3, 1 Samuel 1:9-20

Hannah makes a vow and in this case she actually keeps it which we'll see later.  It's dangerous to make vows, most all of us have done it at times and probably failed to keep them.  Jesus told his disciples not to make vows or promises to God which we can't keep.  We can't negotiate with God, He's God, He sets the parameters of any situation and really how can any person think that God needs them to do something for Him?  And I find it hypocrisy for Eli whose sons are drunkards to chasten Hannah while she's not actually drunk.

Today's workout. Full body; Pull up, Squat, Push-ups or hugs, Shoulder press, Biceps curl, Triceps press or dips, Row, Lunge.  Do 32 or 40 intervals.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

February 2, 1 Samuel 1:1-10

February 2, 1 Samuel 1:1-10

Beginning a deeper study today, starting with the book of Samuel.  I hope to look more at the person and his character than on simply the book.  Elkanah is a descendant of Ephraim, which was one of the tribes adopted by Israel from Joseph.  They were the first established kingdom in the promised land although there was no formal government.  Shiloh would have been considered the capitol of that area.  It's about 300 years since they crossed over under Joshua's guidance.  Elkanah is obedient at least in an annual pilgrimage to the tabernacle to sacrifice.  But he's also a bit foolish for having two wives.  Although this was acceptable and quite common we see so many examples of how this causes disharmony.  It still causes problems.  We see today a breakdown of traditional families, open marriages where either or both spouses can have outside relationships.  And of course the attempt to redefine what a marriage should be.

Today's workout, cardio. Step, climbers, windmills, squat, jump rope, crunch. 36 intervals.

Monday, February 1, 2016

February 1, Deuteronomy 34

February 1, Deuteronomy 34

Moses has died and Joshua takes his place.  I think it important to note that no-one knows where Moses was buried and I think the reason is that people would worship his bones or 'stuff' as idols if they knew.  And the last part I find important too, that God spoke face to face with Moses.  Would you like to be face to face with God?  For me, now that I know Christ and I know that God isn't mad at me I'd say OK.  Still might be just a bit scary but deep inside I know that God will not destroy me.
But for a man 4000 years ago without that assurance it might mean death.  Moses was unique.

Today's workout, full body; Pull up, Squat, Push-ups or hugs, Shoulder press, Biceps curl, Triceps press or dips, Row, Lunge.  Do 32 or 40 intervals.