Thursday, October 30, 2014

Nahum 3 Heartless killing in war

Read Nahum 3

It was said that Nineveh was three days journey across. Imagine how many people could live there.

It tells us in verse 3 that the horsemen came through slaughtering everyone and leaving heaps of bodies in the streets. I accept that in war there will be killing, it should be limited to combatants and should always be regrettable.  I just can't imagine how anyone could be so cold and callous.   

Today's workout.  weight swing, box hop, crunch, skater, body saw, climber 30 intervals.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Nahum 2 The siege and fall of Nineveh

Read Nahum 2

This chapter details how the Medes and Babylonians will surround and besiege the city. Every detail described comes to pass, chariots racing through the streets, the people are taken as slaves, everything of value plundered. Here is one of the wealthiest cities ever and it is reduced to nothing. When people become rich and powerful they tend to have no need for the one true God.

Today's workout. Step up, squat, grapevine, Y, lunge r, triceps press, lunge l, hamstring curl, jump rope.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Nahum 1 Prophecy against Nineveh

Read Nahum 1

The whole book of Nahum is about the impending fall of Nineveh. Nineveh was a major Assyrian city, it was considered to be the largest city in the world for as many as fifty years. This time period is about 150 years after Jonah. Although in that instance the city and it's people repented of their evil and were spared. In this case they will not. God used the Assyrians to chasten Israel, now he is through with them and they too will be chastened for their idolatry.

Today's workout.  windmills, skaters, knee tucks, jump rope, side lunge, slam ball.  36 intervals.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Micah 7 The godly has perished from the earth

Read Micah 7

The prophet begins by expressing sorrow, he feels alone, like all of the godly people have left. He's spent years preaching and prophesying to Israel but they wouldn't listen. Micah was contemporary with Isaiah, he saw the evil and idolatry brought to Israel, how the society continued to decay, and how the northern kingdom was conquered. He knows that God still loves His people Israel, and in the end will redeem them. But imagine the sadness to watch his people perish without God.

Today's workout.  Grapevines, pull up, burpees, bicep curl, jump rope, row, step up, hamstring curl, T  36 intervals

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Genesis 47 Israel welcomed by Pharaoh.

Read Genesis 47

Joseph brings his family before Pharaoh who grants them the choice land. Joseph is a shrewd negotiator, he uses the famine to claim possession of everything in Egypt for the state. This is somewhat reminiscent of his family cheating and manipulating people and events. The famine would last only another five years but Israel remained longer. It was another 17 years before Jacob died. We'll never know what would have happened if Israel went back to Canaan after the famine ended.
Just a thought, things were comfortable, they were prosperous and so there wasn't a reason to leave.  But Egypt wasn't Israel's home.  

Today's workout. Step up, crunch, jump rope, windmill, slam ball, body saw

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Genesis 46 Israel goes to Egypt

Read Genesis 46

The family, and what will be the nation of Israel, is moving to Egypt. There are some very interesting contrasts to the going and the leaving. Pharaoh sends wagons and a moving team to bring them in. When they leave they're first chased out then chased to be brought back. I like the beginning of this where Jacob takes time to worship and make offerings to God. And the assurances from God that his descendants will some day come back from Egypt to the land that God promised them. Jacob travels to Egypt with just 70 people.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Micah 6 What does the Lord require?

Read Micah 6

God gives the whole message of life in one simple verse of scripture. It's not the offerings the sacrifices or the rituals.

Verse 8. He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.

Today's workout.  Skater, push up, jump rope, I, step, hug, squat, shoulder press, slam ball