Tuesday, August 30, 2016

August 30, II Kings 2:15-25 Elisha and the she bears

Two items to look at in this chapter, first it's the scholars who witnessed God taking Elijah want to go look for his body.  Sort of foolish as they saw what happened, none the less what I really think is they want to find some artifact of his, maybe his garment or belt which they would enshrine and worship.  We humans tend to do that, find some relic associated with God or an act of God and instead of focusing on God we focus on the relic.  Which is the reason I believe so many ancient items are lost.  The second issus and the title piece deals with the boys and the bears.  Reading the text may not be easy to understand, they are mocking Elisha for being bald and for believing that God took Elijah.  It's like saying why don't you go up too?  And it's a denial that it actually happened.   And we must also remember that Elisha had no power to call out the bears, he simply pronounced a curse on these boys for blasphemy, they deny the things that God has done.  In any place and in any time that deed will bring a curse, even today.  The bears were either a strange accident or sent from God.

Today's workout. Cario intervals.
Step, grepevine, burpee, windmill, jump rope, weight swing.

Monday, August 29, 2016

August 29, II Kings 2:-1-14 Elijah taken to heaven

What a sight that would have been.  There's so much in this story that I find exciting.  Elijah already knows that today is the day he goes home, he's got to be excited about that.  God sends him to several places and at each place the prophets there (more like bible students than actual prophets) also know that today is the day.  So God has collected a small crowd to be witnesses to both his taking of Elijah and the passing on to Elisha of the mantle.   I won't even guess at what the vision was that they saw, they describe it in terms that they understood at that time.  This group of students stand on the opposite side of this river when suddely the sky splits open, from it they see a whirlwind of lights and color, more beautiful than anyone could imagine.  It comes down and seperates the two men of God  then just as suddenly Elijah and the colors are gone.  WOW!

Today's workout, Pull intervals.
Step, pull-up, hop, hamstring curl, weight swing or climbers, row, skater or step-over, bicep curl.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

August 28, II Kings 1:-18 Elijah and Ahaziah

When I read the stories in scriptures many times I have images of what's described, certainly not precise, we put things together from our past experiences.  When I read that king Ahaziah fell through the roof I get a mixed image of slapstick comedy, a combination of three stooges, the Blues Brothers when the building is blown up, and Tom Haks in the Money Pit.  None of these are accurate, it's just the images my mind brings forward.  The king fell and suffered injuried sufficient to cause his death, not immediate, probably an enternal hemorage or perhaps a concussion.  So he sends men to ask the devil if he'll live, (Baal-zebub is a name commonly associated with Satan).  Yet on the way they're confronted by Elijah, who chastens them and the king and gives grave news.  So we've set the stage for the main idea in this chapter.
King Ahaziah experiences the stages of grief, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.  I see the first three here as he sends troops to get Elijah.  He knows what happened on Mt Carmel, he wants Elijah to heal him.  Now picture Elijag on a mountain, I see a man of average build, past middle age, long white hair and beard.  The image I get is of a ZZ top member.  A company of fifty soldiers come for him, theyre not coming peacefully, a king doesn't send fifty people to cordially invite one for an audience.  Some find fault with Elijah calling fire from heaven but it's not Elijah who destroys these men, the fire is from God and no-one tells God what to do.  This happens twice then on the third time the captain shows piety.  This man understands his place in these events, he must obey his king but he will also give reverence to God.  It's not a confrontation or a command, it's a humble request.  King Ahaziah's intent was to make demands on God through Elijah. We may make no demands on God, people constantly take scriptures out of context to say that if we do such then God must do such. WRONG!  

Saturday, August 27, 2016

August 27, 1 Kings 22:51-53 Ahaziah the son of Ahab

Finishing the book of 1 KIngs today and the last entry is about Ahaziah the son of Ahab.  All that it says here is that he was king for 2 years and did evil.  I'd rather have history say nothing about me at all then say that I did evil before The Lord.

No workout today, taking a rest day.

Friday, August 26, 2016

August 26, 1 Kings 22:41-50 Jehoshaphat, king of Judah

For the most part Jehoshaphat was a good king, he tracked down and removed all of the cult prostitutes and walked upright before God.
Yet we're told that he did not tear down the high places, places where people still worshipped idols.  This is an interesting argument, we're all given free choice to chooe God or not.  So from a standpoint of allowing this freedom is it wrong to let people worship false gods?  Here in the US one of our founding principles was freedom of religion, although today that freesom stops at Christianity and Judaism, a political subject that could take days to discuss.  I believe the scriptrure teaches the worship of false gods is dangerous to both a people and nation and it should be stopped.  Especially for Israel where God told them several times not to allow idols.  There is a responsibility to the people and to God.

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

Thursday, August 25, 2016

August 25, 1 Kings 22:29-40 Death of Ahab

August 25, 1 Kings 22:29-40  Death of Ahab

There's a certain level of humor and stupidity in this story.  First Ahab decides that since God has prophecied his eath, he'll disquise himself.  That's stupid, you can't hide from God.  The humor is in how Ahab dresses as a comon soldier yet Jehoshaphat dresses as king.  I wonder why Jehoshaphat agreed to this, perhaps he was certain as the prophet did not foretell his death.  The text reads that an archer simpy drew back a bow and this chance arrow found just the right place to split Ahab's armor, right!  So ahab dies and they take his chariot back to Samaria to wash it.  The text reads strange in one point, that prostitutes washed in his blood.  Some translate this as Ahab having idols of prostitutes on his chariot, others that prostitutes were washing in the same pool where the blood was washed from the chariot.  Although not specifically stated here, some Hebrew histories state that this was the same place where Naboth was stoned.

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

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

August 24-2, A little annoyed

The last several days I've been annoyed by various things. It started Monday, Vicki and I were planning to attend a support group meeting at 6.  I worked late, didn't leave till neary 5 so I was trying to get home, do a quick change and go.  Isaac called on my way home, his car died about 2 miles from home.  When I got there I discovered the timing belt broke.  We got the car back home and by this time the support group meeting was out of the question.  I hadn't seen Vicki since Sunday after church and while I know some couples that would consider this good, I was looking forward to spending some time together.  Got parts from Autozone and tore most of the car apart Monay evening.  After work Tuesday I finished putting it back together.  While this was not something I really wanted to do, I am thankful for the ability to do this myself.  About 5 hours labor and $20 for parts.  Tuesay evening right after I finished the car Isaac took it to work.  Around 8 or so as I'm home alone with Netflix, I was getting annoyed at Vicki.  She'd been gone since Sunday afternoon, at least as far as us seeing each other.  There were several issues running through my head.  As I thought about different things I realized it wasn't really Vicki that I'm annoyed at.  You see a friend of ours was in the hospital last week, she's home now and needs some help.  Vicki has been the only one to offer any, what's got me annoyed is the number of people that knew she was in the hospital who didn't call or visit.  And that haven't offered any help.  Thinking back about 22 years ago when we were in Little Rock we had some family troubles.  We too knew a lot of people who were able to help but didn't.  We both made a decision that should the situation be reversed, should we know someone needing help that we can provide we would.  So while I miss my wife, what she's doing is the right thing.  She doesn't have a job yet, although I wish she did, but at this particular time, as she is available to minister it's the right thing to do.  And I'll get over being annoyed.