Thursday, May 5, 2016

May 5, II Samuel 3:16-25

May 5, II Samuel 3:16-25

Abner is still scheming and plotting, he first goes to the tribes of Israel suggesting that David be made their king.  The idea is acceptable as David has a reputation and he was anointed by Samuel.  Interesting that Abner comes to David's camp while Joab is out doing battle.  I suspect that he had some form of intelligence to know a good time to visit David.  Joab is right, perhaps David knows and perhaps not but Abner certainly is not to be trusted.  

Today's workout. Chest shoulders intervals.  High knees, push up, climbers, Y, jump rope, bench dip.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

May 4, II Samuel 3:12-15

May 4, II Samuel 3:12-15

Just as noted in yesterdays study, having the concubine of the last king will bolster one's claim, so also having the daughter will do similar.  Was David really missing Michal or was he too trying to bolster his claim to Israel's crown?  We also see how people, specifically women were treated simply as things, used for political gains.  Most of David's and in the future Solomon's wives were to establish alliances.  Abner has recognized that remaining with Ish-Bosheth will not yield what he wants so he's changing horses.  I think David is a bit smarter than to trust him.  Then there is the issue of Paltiel, he's made out to be a bit of a wuss here.  We know nothing more about him but that he was given Michal and cried when she was taken away.  They were together for twelve to fourteen years, did they not have any children?  Politics and intrigue are strange things. 

 Leg intervals. High knees, step up on bench Left leg, jump rope, step up on bench right leg, climber, glute-ham bridge, windmill, goblet squat.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

May 3, II Samuel 3:1-11

May 3, II Samuel 3:1-11

David lives in Hebron for the next five years and there are periodic skirmishes between him and Abner, as stated before Abner was the real ruler.  Note that while David lives there he acquires more wives, six at this time.  If there's one lesson throughout the whole bible It should be this, one man and one wife, every man who has more than one has problems.  In the meantime Abner is busy with his own plans, he takes Saul's ex concubine as his own.  This is a move of power, it's a statement and challenge of authority.  Abner has declared himself the ruler in Saul's place. The same thing is seen in various places in Genesis, Noah's son Ham slept with his father's wife, Ruben did the same with his father Jacob's concubine.  It was a challenge to lead the family, a challenge of authority.  The action is not lost on Ish-Bosheth who confronts Abner and is told in more modern terms. I made you king and I can just as quickly remove you so stay out of my way.

Today's workout. back-biceps intervals.  Step, pull up, windmill, row, jump rope, biceps curl.

Monday, May 2, 2016

May 2, II Samuel 2:18-32

May 2, II Samuel 2:18-32

Abner is a bad man, it's believed by many that it was actually he that ruled and that Ish-Bosheth was his puppet king.  Everything in this chapter are results of Abner's desire for power.  By killing Abishai he starts a blood feud with Abishai's family, the only reason they stop the pursuit is because Abher gathers a larger force.  So Abner and his forces return across the Jordan, which is significant, they were not living in the land God promised to Abraham, and David returns home.

Today's workout.  Traditional resistance 5 sets 10-15 reps 45 seconds between sets.
Push up, dumb bell shrugs, strap hugs, dumb bell shoulder press, lateral raise with resistance band.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

May 1, II Samuel 2:8-17

May 1, II Samuel 2:8-17


In these first three verses we have what appears to be a contradiction in times. Abner made Ish-Bosheth king, but not in territory traditionally in Israel, the Philistines were occupying that territory after the defeat of Saul. At the same time David was made king in Judah. It reads that Ish-Bosheth ruled 2 years and David ruled seven and a half so there is a conflict. Both were kings for the same amount of time but Ish-Bosheth remained beyond the Jordan for two years before returning to Israel's lands. At this time they came to Gibeon and met with David's army. Most likely Abner was rebuilding an army to come in and take Israel back from the Philistines and from David. War is stupid no matter when how or where it's fought but sometimes necessary. This begins with at least some logic, representative champions for each side are sent to battle but they all die. And so the battle begins between the armies.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

April 30, II Samuel 2:1-7

April 30, II Samuel 2:1-7


A few items to note here, David first seeks out God before doing anything else.  Then it reads David and his two wives,. In reality David has three wives, his first wife Michal, Saul's daughter is still alive and never formally divorced. We'll look more closely at her character a little later. Again I stress it never works out well having more than one wife. David speaks blessings on the people of Jabesh-Gilead, there is power in blessings and cursings. We should speak blessings often on our loved ones and to those who are obedient. It's not a name it-claim it theology, God is and always will be sovereign but it is important to both recognize and bless those who deserve it.   

Friday, April 29, 2016

April 29, II Samuel 1:11-27

April 29, II Samuel 1:11-27

David mourns the loss of the king and his closest friend Jonathan.  Even though Saul had so much enmity for David, David knew what the killing of a king does to a nation, it fragments it.  David sings a song for remembrance and mourning. Because of verse 26 some claim that David and Jonathan had a homosexual relationship but it doesn't say that at all. The bond between these men was a friendship closer than a marriage bond but there is nothing anywhere to indicate anything sexual.  David as the next king had the authority to dispense justice, in the case here of the Amalekite, he confessed to killing the king, although David had no way to know it was a lie he was right in his actions.  Justice should be swift, perhaps not that swift but it should not take several years.

Today's workout, cardio 30 intervals.  High knees, grapevine, squat, jump rope, windmill.