Thursday, March 23, 2017

March 23, Isaiah 15-16, Prophecy against Moab

These two chapters deal with a single prophecy. Moab was a nation that at times allied with Israel and at times wared with them. The origin of the nation came from relations between Lot and his oldest daughter. Reading the account of the destruction we are given the reasons. They went up to the 'high places' which signified idol worship.  A once great powerful nation is reduced to poverty because of idolatry. Heads are shaved to stop the spread of lice since they lived in squaller, it's also a symbol of their disgrace. Wearing sack cloth instead of regular clothes, mourning or poverty. Read through both chapters, they are about people who place all of their hope in the things they have or what they have done. And what happens when that is gone? 

Today's workout, cardio intervals
Step, climber, windmill, squat, jump rope

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

March 22, Isaiah 14, Israel is and will always be God's chosen people

This is obviously a prophecy that has not yet been fulfilled. Israel has never been a great power since David and Solomon. I don't think it speaks specifically about the kingdom of Christ on earth but a time before that. A time when Israel is again powerful and the world system, Babylon, is laid waste. There is a part of me that feels glad for the evil receiving their due and another part that feels sorrow for all of the people who rejected salvation. No matter what men may try to do, no matter how many peace talks or treaties they try to establish, it all depends on God. When He decides it is time for Israel to rise up, they will rise and be a great power.

Today's workout, full body intervals 4 cycles
high step R, push-up, high step L, windmill, pull up, lunge, Russian twist, biceps curl, triceps extension

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

March 21, Isaiah 13, The wages of sin

I read this chapter and I'm struck by a deep sadness. It speaks of utter destruction, armies gathering together to clean up the mess. Some believe ths refers to Babylon taking Israel and some that it speaks of the end when Christ will return. Either way the end is death and destruction. 

Today's workout, any cardio 30:00

Monday, March 20, 2017

March 20, Isaiah 12, God is my salvation

A song of joy following a prophecy of sorrow. The one sentence I really like is; though you were angry with me,
your anger turned away, that you might comfort me. The grace and mercies of God are limitless, all I need to do is go to Him and He will not turn me away. We should sing His praises not just in song, let our lives be different because we know what He has done for us. 

Today's workout. Full body intervals, 4 times through
high step R, push-up, high step L, windmill, pull up, lunge, Russian twist, biceps curl, triceps extension

Sunday, March 19, 2017

March 19, Isaiah 11, The peace to come

This chapter deals specifically with the future reign of Christ. The second portion speaking of revenge for Israel against all those who oppressed or persecuted them. While on one hand it's nice to see things balanced out I like the first portion better. Every aspect of the world living in peace. I think that's how things were before man screwed it up. I wonder that if we actually returned to that state if anyone would even care about balancing the books as it were. Would we even remember the offenses when there is total perfect peace?

Saturday, March 18, 2017

March 18, Isaiah 10, A warning, a judgment, and a promise

This chapter has three distinct items, I'm actually going to look at them in reverse order. It ends with the promise of Israel's rerun and that God will again fight for them. Obviously that hasn't happened yet. The middle deals with Assyria being a powerful and prideful nation, arrogant in their own power and not acknowledging God. This prophecy was fulfilled and Assyria was broken in the sixth year of Hezekiah. But my main thoughts are on the first section. I wrote a blog earlier about so many foolish laws, here again we deal with laws. Through history people in power have abused that power to write decrees which oppress others. So many people in government believe that the majority of the populace are too dumb to care for themselves and need them. We have a promise and warning here, God will remember and hold men accountable for their actions.

Friday, March 17, 2017

March 17, Isaiah 9:8-21 The fall of the proud

Verse 10 expresses the attitude of the people, the bricks of that day were simple mud and straw. Baked in the sun but not fired, if they are wet for long periods they will fall apart. Also sycamore trees are poor to build with and certainly cedar was and still is today an exceptional wood. So the attitude is that we're so powerful and smart that if these poor things fail we can make better ourselves.  I'm reminded of the old TV show the six million dollar man, we can rebuild him, we can make him better than he was. That proud attitude is a part of the bent nature of man, God calls us stiff necked in many places. Today we do so much the same way, those with experience and wisdom are laughed at and the young and foolish lead us with promises that so many believe. Israel's end was captivity, what will our end be?

Today's workout, Full body intervals.
step, pull up, climber, hug, right high step up, russian twist, left high step up, biceps curl, elbow to knee, row, windmill, push up, walking lunge, box hop or jump rope, triceps ext, hamstring curl