February 15, 1 Samuel 5:6-12
Now I find a lot of foolishness and a little humor in this section. The people of Ashdod are afflicted and we'll look at that a bit later but they believe that the problem is the ark in their city. But that really wasn't the problem. The same things happen today, the humanist culture is afflicted with all sorts of social ills and still they want to remove God believing that will help. The opposite is the answer. Embrace the only true God and the social troubles will be solved. So they, the Philistines, send the ark away, the problem is that no-one else wants God around either and they too have troubles. Now about the afflictions, in verse 6 some translations will read tumors, the King James says emerods. I have a commentary by Adam Clarke, (bible scholar 1760-1832) the word which is translated as tumors is apholim. Clarke translates this as bleeding piles. God gave them bleeding hemorrhoids. Now that's funny, there is no position in which someone with this affliction can be comfortable except lying prone. God will humble all people and they will bow before Him.
Today's workout; full body. Pull up, Squat, Push-ups, Shoulder press, Biceps curl, Bench dip, Row, Lunge. Do 32 or 40 intervals.