N_SPECT_R's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=N%5FSPECT%5FR N_SPECT_R's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ May 3, II Samuel 3:1-11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155292 May 3, II Samuel 3:1-11 <BR> <BR> 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... Tue, 3 May 2016 05:16:41 EST May 2, II Samuel 2:18-32 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154481 May 2, II Samuel 2:18-32 <BR> <BR> 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 Abraha... Mon, 2 May 2016 05:18:20 EST May 1, II Samuel 2:8-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153802 May 1, II Samuel 2:8-17 <BR> <BR> 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 Jorda... Sun, 1 May 2016 06:29:20 EST April 30, II Samuel 2:1-7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153243 April 30, II Samuel 2:1-7 <BR> <BR> 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. ... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 06:42:10 EST April 29, II Samuel 1:11-27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152591 April 29, II Samuel 1:11-27 <BR> <BR> 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 t... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 05:12:16 EST April 28, II Samuel 1:1-10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151898 April 28, II Samuel 1:1-10 <BR> <BR> This story doesn't match up with the story from the last chapter, the person telling this is trying to get on David's good side. Most likely he was pillaging from the dead bodies after the battle and found Saul. He concocted this story probably with the knowledge that David would be the next king. <BR> <BR> Today's workout 30 intervals push. High knees, push up, windmill, goblet squat, jump rope, tricep extensions. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 05:06:12 EST April 27, 1 Samuel 31:8-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151192 April 27, 1 Samuel 31:8-13 <BR> <BR> It wasn't that uncommon in war to cut off the head of ones chief foes, especially a king or military leader. It was a trophy and symbol of great victory, just as David cut off the head of Goliath, it showed that the head of the enemy was defeated. The Philistines then took Saul's and his son's bodies and put them on display, there was at least a faithful remnant to come and reclaim them for a proper burial. Further insult was placing Saul's armor, the ... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 05:13:42 EST April 26, 1 Samuel 31:1-7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150481 April 26, 1 Samuel 31:1-7 <BR> <BR> Saul and his sons are killed in battle just as God said would happen. The death of a king, even a bad king is never a good thing. There are some interesting points in this story to look at. Although the text does not state who Saul's armor bearer was, Jewish traditions say it was Doeg. This is the man who killed all of the priests and destroyed their city. And now he and Saul both die by that same sword, a certain justice in that. <BR> The text also sa... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 04:56:02 EST April 25, 1 Samuel 30:16-31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149692 April 25, 1 Samuel 30:16-31 <BR> <BR> David makes war against the Amalikites and again we see the contrast in how David wages war, except for the few that escape on camels, he kills everyone. I do wonder if the captive Jews started fighting too, that would cause some havoc. Greed surfaces in those who fought, it comes up in all of us at times, along with self-righteousness. Even though some could not continue, the text also indicates that they guarded the area and kept the baggage. They a... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 04:52:58 EST April 24, 1 Samuel 30:7-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149040 April 24, 1 Samuel 30:7-15 <BR> <BR> David calls upon God for guidance, he asks Abiathar to come with the ephod, the symbol of the priest's office. Exactly what was done or how God answered is not told so I won't conjecture on this, it's important though that David realized he needed to go to God before taking any action. <BR> There are a lot of things that we don't know about David's army, the age and physical condition of the men would be significant. They were on the march for three day... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 04:47:57 EST April 23, 1 Samuel 30:1-6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148420 April 23, 1 Samuel 30:1-6 <BR> <BR> Here are some of the consequences for David's actions. For the last 16 months he's been living with Israel's enemies and deceiving the king. Just days ago he was deceiving the king as the Philistines prepared for battle. In doing so he left his home unprotected and other enemies came in. Lots of analogies can be made here, when we're off doing things that we shouldn't our homes are left vulnerable. <BR> David also learns a lesson in leadership, when so... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 05:28:12 EST April 22, 1 Samuel 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147690 April 22, 1 Samuel 29 <BR> <BR> As the army of the Philistines are gathering together I wonder whats going through David's mind, what will he do in a battle against Israel? I think maybe the other commanders see better than the king, it's not a good idea to put a man with such a reputation against his own people. God provided David with a way out. Scripture says that God will always provide us a way out, there may be consequences but there will be a way out. <BR> <BR> Today's workout, ca... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 04:57:34 EST April 21, 1 Samuel 28:15-23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6146986 April 21, 1 Samuel 28:15-23 <BR> <BR> Saul had a specific problem through his life as king, do you notice what it is? He didn't go to God, he went to Samuel. Samuel asks him, why do you ask me since God has turned away from you. Although I think that sentence should read that you have turned away from God. I believe that right up till this point Saul still had a choice, turn to God. It may have been too late for his kingdom but not for his soul. In the Old Testament, under the Law, there... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 05:18:19 EST April 20, 1 Samuel 28:8-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6146190 April 20, 1 Samuel 28:8-14 <BR> <BR> Saul is an example here of a leader who feels above the law, that his actions, while for “the greater good” are justified no matter what. That attitude has been a trait for dictators through history, it's also a trait in our current government. The attitude that those who govern know better than those who are governed. Occasionally people will wonder if mediums or fortune tellers or seances are real. They are real in sense, I believe that the medium is... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 05:16:23 EST April 19, 1 Samuel 28:1-7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145437 April 19, 1 Samuel 28:1-7 <BR> <BR> There's a lot happening in these seven verses. David has been living with the Philistines for 16 months, he's established a new reputation with the king although it's fake. And now David is faced with a major problem, the king wants him to fight against Israel. David gives an ambiguous answer, you will see what your servant will do. A good answer, he doesn't commit himself and if needed can wreak havoc from within the Philistine army. In the mean time ... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 05:03:36 EST April 18, 1 Samuel 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144697 April 18, 1 Samuel 27 <BR> <BR> This chapter is another historical account of David's actions. There is nothing to indicate that what he did was condoned or blessed by God. I think he is wise to leave Israel until Saul dies, it takes away that tension but I wonder about the choice to go to Gath and why king Achish would accept him. David had a reputation, perhaps as the story unfolds Achish believed that David no longer held loyalty to Israel and having so great a commander would be of be... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 07:31:09 EST April 17, 1 Samuel 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144010 April 17, 1 Samuel 26 <BR> <BR> This is like deja-vu. The Ziphites again go to Saul and try to get him after David and again Saul raises a large army to chase him. I wonder if it isn't a retelling of the same story. Some events thought different need to be noted. That David and Abshai could walk right to the center of camp and take Saul's spear was God providing a peaceful way to defuse the situation. Sun, 17 Apr 2016 06:29:41 EST April 16, 1 Samuel 25:32-43 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143343 April 16, 1 Samuel 25:32-43 <BR> <BR> Today we finish this chapter with a few observations. Note that Abigail waits until Nabal sobers up before telling him what she did. One can gleam a lot from this action. Nabal could have been a mean drunk, Abigail understands her husband and knows what buttons to push and when, that can be both good and bad. A lot of really bad stuff gets done to people by close relatives simply because they know what hurts the most. Nabal probably has a bad hangove... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 06:59:59 EST April 15, 1 Samuel 25:23-31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142649 April 15, 1 Samuel 25:23-31 <BR> <BR> Again we see how Abigail is a wise or crafty woman. I wonder what she was wearing or how she was made up. Presenting the package is sometimes more important than what’s inside the package. In any case she accomplished what she set out to do, she intercepted David and with no small amount of flattery and a generous gift she changed his mind. And she gives credit for her actions to God, as the Lord has restrained you from boodguilt. Wouldn’t it be gre... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 04:27:37 EST April 14, 1 Samuel 25:14-22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141923 April 14, 1 Samuel 25:14-22 <BR> <BR> There are two specific items in this section to look at, first being Abigail. Although not specifically stated I get the idea that the marriage was not good. I also see that Abigail is a woman of wisdom. Being a very cynical person I always try to find the reason someone does what they do. Abigail is married to a wealthy man, should that man die what happens to the estate? If he has a brother or son it goes to them, in either case Abigail could lose... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 04:27:49 EST April 13, 1 Samuel 25:2-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141201 April 13, 1 Samuel 25:2-13 <BR> <BR> This is simply a friendly request and it’s sort of in line with the Mosaic law. When David and his troops were in the wilderness they provided a certain amount of protection for the shepherds and flocks so it’s reasonable that they could ask for a part of the return. David doesn’t ask for a specific amount and Nabal had a surplus. The text says 3000 sheep an 1000 goats. David has about 600 men, Nabal could have given 200 pounds of meat and some wool wi... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 05:16:33 EST April 12, 1 Samuel 25:1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140417 April 12, 1 Samuel 25:1 <BR> <BR> Samuel has died and he gets one line as an obit. I hope that doesn’t happen to me. Of course there is more than what’s written here. Traditionally Israel would mourn for seven to thirty days depending on many factors. I couldn’t find any specifics on how long they mourned for Samuel, I would hope it was thirty days. <BR> Samuel influenced Israel across a wide spectrum, it was he that established schools for training of scribes and prophets, although toda... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 05:04:38 EST April 11, 1 Samuel 24:8-22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139597 April 11, 1 Samuel 24:8-22 <BR> <BR> I believe this is an example of God given wisdom. While in the cave David made choices and based on those choices and his repentant heard God filled him with wisdom to defuse and repair the situation. Here is a case where one man has been bent on killing another to the extent that he takes to the field with a small army. He spends a significant amount of time, some sources suggest 8 years. That’s a long time to hold a grudge yet in just a few moments,... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 05:08:29 EST April 10, 1 Samuel 24:1-7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138920 April 10, 1 Samuel 24:1-7 <BR> <BR> Saul is so obsessed with killing David that he takes a small army searching for him. One would think there are more important things for the king to do. Although the scripture doesn’t say this, Jewish tradition states that when Saul came up to the cave there were spider webs across it so he did not expect anyone to be inside. David has an opportunity to eliminate Saul and become king, he could have justified his actions as Saul has so many times before t... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 06:27:22 EST April 9, 1 Samuel 23:11-29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138268 April 9, 1 Samuel 23:11-29 <BR> <BR> Backing up a bit in this chapter to look at different possibilities. God tells David that Saul will come down and the local people will give him away. But as David leaves, Saul never comes down so we have an example of how there are different possibilities and our choices make a difference. God is sovereign in ALL things yet we can choose, I have no idea how these opposites can be true but accept that they are. The rest of the chapter is a good example... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 04:31:19 EST April 8, 1 Samuel 23:6-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137592 April 8, 1 Samuel 23:6-14 <BR> <BR> Abiather comes to David with an ephod which is a significant item. The ephod was a garment worn only by priests. David asks for it to be brought to him, some believe that David put it on and went before God but that would not be proper as David was not a Levite. I believe that David made Abiather his priest and while Abiather was wearing the ephod, acting as priest, David went before God. This would be proper. <BR> <BR> Today's workout, cardio 30 in... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 05:20:09 EST April 7, 1 Samuel 23:1-5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136840 April 7, 1 Samuel 23:1-5 <BR> <BR> David is faced with a problem and the first thing he does is seek God. That’s what everyone should do, even if there are no problems the first thing we should do in all cases at all times is seek God. His soldiers weren’t so sure and David went back to God again. So many people talk about having faith and never doubting but the scriptures are filled with doubters. God never chastens them, in fact He made a special point of addressing Thomas’ doubts. Do... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 05:06:45 EST April 6, 1 Samuel 22:6-23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136049 April 6, 1 Samuel 22:6-23 <BR> <BR> This section is very disturbing, Saul’s spirit and the spirit of his servant Doeg have become so corrupt and evil that they’d kill 85 priests, burn down their city, and kill their wives, children and livestock. <BR> That’s certainly men with no conscience and very insecure. We would classify them as sociopaths. Similar events happen still today, all around the world Christians and Jews are persecuted and killed for their faith in the one true God. People... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 05:09:23 EST April 5, 1 Samuel 22:3-5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135278 April 5, 1 Samuel 22:3-5 <BR> <BR> We have no way to tell how old David's parents were, being over 50 myself I hesitate to call them elderly but things were different then and life spans shorter. I think it significant that David takes care of his parents, ensuring they have a place that’s safe. It’s quite likely that as Saul was after David that his entire family could be in danger. There is a responsibility to the family fr us to care for each other and that extends beyond blood. God s... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 05:14:43 EST April 4, 1 Samuel 22:1-3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6134431 April 4, 1 Samuel 22:1-3 <BR> <BR> All of the misfits and broken people came and were welcomed by David. Does this sound familiar? One could say that David was desperate and would take anyone to help him or one could look at his spirit, and see a similarity to Christ, accepting whosoever will to come and start over. We all have certain prejudices, no matter how hard we may <BR> try to deny them they are in us. But we need to desire that spirit of Christ to accept whosoever will to come ... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 04:41:58 EST April 3, 1 Samuel 21:10-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6133722 April 3, 1 Samuel 21:10-15 <BR> <BR> Why David would go tot he very city of the man whose head he cut off, and while carrying his sword is beyond me. The people recognized who this was, perhaps they recognized the sword. Maybe there was an element of fear on the people at first. And then David's behavior afterwards, he could have realized his mistake in going there and in a state of panic or terror acted strangely. Some commentaries say he appeared to have an epileptic fit. We do know th... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 05:58:53 EST April 2, 1 Samuel 21:1-9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6133012 April 2, 1 Samuel 21:1-9 <BR> <BR> David flat out lies to the priest Ahimelech and he didn't need to. There are no places where a lie is OK. And just because it's in the scripture doesn't mean God condones the action. The bible is primarily a history book, telling the truth about the people and God even when that truth is not attractive. David simply could have said he was on a matter which needed to remain secret, that he had to leave in haste and needed some supplies. I fully understa... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 04:39:44 EST April 1, 1 Samuel 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132226 April 1, 1 Samuel 20 <BR> <BR> David and Jonathan show wisdom in determining Saul's intent. The whole affair with the arrows though seems odd to me, especially since after sending away the boy who was gathering the arrows he speaks with David. In any case, if you know someone wants to kill you it's a good idea to get away. <BR> <BR> Today's workout. chest-shoulder 30 intervals. Step up, Y, windmill, hug, jump rope. Fri, 1 Apr 2016 05:14:18 EST Shoulder surgery details . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132222 I had orthoscopic shoulder surgery on Friday March 25 to repair some tendon damage and remove bone spurs in my right shoulder, been giving me pain for about a year and a half. This is what happened. The biceps is attached to the upper arm by two heads, long and short. With the hand held out, palm facing forward the short head is on the inside, the long head runs up the outside to the top of the humerus, makes a sharp right angle and attaches to the far side of the shoulder socket. Exactly w... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 05:04:31 EST March 31, 1 Samuel 19:18-24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6131437 March 31, 1 Samuel 19:18-24 <BR> <BR> David flees to Samuel and something profound happens, the Holy Spirit moves and people prophecy. This doesn't mean they necessarily speak of future events, but that they praise God. I've never been to a real revival, where the Holy Spirit is moving among the people and every intent of evil is squashed. Where people simply experience the joy of the lord and lives are changed. Heard stories and read about them, how I long for a real revival to sweep acr... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 05:16:20 EST March 30, 1 Samuel 19:1-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6130666 March 30, 1 Samuel 19:1-17 <BR> <BR> If ever there were a case to be made for a bi-polar character I think Saul fits the bill, one minute he loves David and the next tries to kill him. But I also wonder about court intrigue, were there possibly people in Saul's court that wanted David dead? Maybe whispering in the king's ear. It's disturbing that the king can order people to go out and kill and they simply do it, yet that still happens today. And then the lie that Michal tells, claiming t... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 06:57:44 EST March 29, 1 Samuel 18:17-30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6129848 March 29, 1 Samuel 18:17-30 <BR> <BR> You really need to read this several times and do some thinking to get an idea of what's going on. <BR> Saul plans to get rid of David by sending him to fight the Philistines, seems a familiar tactic, something that David himself uses later. I wonder how many rulers have removed potential rivals by sending them to die in battle? Then there is the issue of Saul's daughters. Saul made a promise that whoever fought and defeated Goliath would marry Saul's... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 04:47:09 EST March 28, 1 Samuel 18:1-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6129089 March 28, 1 Samuel 18:1-16 <BR> <BR> The natural man is driven by base emotions, not the least of which is ego. Something that can creep up on any of us. People can be working towards the same goal and when one has more success, instead of looking at the success as a group victory it becomes an area of jealousy. This was certainly Saul's problem, he should have simply rejoiced in David's successes against Israel's enemies. The first section of this chapter, dealing with David's relations... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 05:01:31 EST March 27, Easter Sunday, Mark 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6128406 March 27, Easter Sunday, Mark 16 <BR> <BR> A man who was dead got up out of the grave and walked around. So many people today believe that Jesus is just a myth yet there is so much evidence to the contrary. It's indisputable that He lived and was crucified, the world tried to disprove the resurrection in the first century. All they needed was a body but there wasn't one. The grave was sealed and guarded yet on that day there was no-one there. He met with His friends, was seen by crowds ... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 02:44:06 EST March 26, Easter week, Saturday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6127805 March 26, Easter week, Saturday. <BR> <BR> The scripture doesn't tell us much about Saturday, we know that Jesus' followers were mostly hiding. But was Jesus doing anything on Saturday? Yes He was! Jesus descended into the depths of hell and conquered the devil and death. The battle on the cross was against the sins of man, but in that battle the souls of those who believed in the promise of messiah, having not seen Him but having faith in Him, were also redeemed. Jesus now goes to recl... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 05:42:06 EST March 25, Easter week, Friday Mark 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6127136 March 25, Easter week, Friday Mark 15 <BR> <BR> Today is called Good Friday but that's because we know what it all meant. At the time I see very little good happening. Jesus is brought before Pilot and Pilot is faced with the most important question ever asked, What will you do with Jesus? Pilot chose wrong yet his choice sets the events in motion. No matter what Pilot chose Christ was going to die this day. Another long day with a lot happening. Jesus is beaten several times, dragged ... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 04:42:16 EST March 24, Easter week, Thursday Mark 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6126413 March 24, Easter week, Thursday Mark 14 <BR> <BR> Every now and then there are days which are so filled with activity we wonder how we could fit it all in. Thursday is one of those days. But one event stands out to me. We begin with Jesus sending two to prepare for the passover. Think about this miracle, they are to meet a certain man with a pitcher of water and this man will just happen to have a vacant room. Different commentaries have varied views, Passover was the most important Jewi... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 04:13:58 EST March 23, Easter week, Tuesday-Wednesday Mark 12:28-34 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6125639 March 23, Easter week, Tuesday-Wednesday Mark 12:28-34 <BR> <BR> Today is Wednesday and the scripture doesn't record what Jesus did on Wednesday. I believe He simply spent the day with His closest friends. Maybe had a picnic at Mary and Martha's house. But looking back to His last teaching day, what was the most important lesson? I think it's this commandment, to love God with our whole being and to love people. That sums up the entire Christian faith in a simple statement. It's not ab... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 05:13:40 EST March 22, Easter week, Tuesday Mark 11:27- Mark 12:12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6124881 March 22, Easter week, Tuesday Mark 11:27- Mark 12:12 <BR> <BR> Jesus spends most of this day in the temple teaching. If you knew when you would die what wisdom would you want to teach in the last days? We get a glimpse of what is truly important. The religious leaders challenged His authority, failing to recognize how or by whom He did what He did. <BR> It's OK to question Jesus but when presented with the obvious answer one must recognize the truth. <BR> For pride and position they re... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 04:59:48 EST March 21, Easter week days 1 and 2 Mark 11:1-26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6124048 March 21, Easter week days 1 and 2 Mark 11:1-26 <BR> <BR> As this is Easter week I am taking a detour to look at those events, as many others will also. <BR> Yesterday was palm Sunday, the day of Jesus' entry to Jerusalem. Most churches would have focused on that event, Jesus came in riding on a donkey. Like a modern ruler arriving in a limousine. But he doesn't stay in the city long, returning to his friends' house in Bethany. <BR> I think it significant that He spends this last week wit... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 05:08:40 EST March 20, 1 Samuel 17:38-58 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6123337 March 20, 1 Samuel 17:38-58 <BR> <BR> So we come to the actual battle between David and Goliath, the primary details of how this young lad killed a giant of a man with a slingshot. He won't wear Saul's armor, it won't fit him and he's never worked in armor. The whole discourse between Saul and David seems a bit odd, the king is allowing a boy to fight this giant. A little history and some interesting facts about slings. <BR> They've been used as weapons for at least 4000 years. They are ... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 06:10:49 EST March 19, 1 Samuel 17:19-37 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122662 March 19, 1 Samuel 17:19-37 <BR> <BR> The story of David and Goliath is told so often and with so many variations, used as a metaphor for some life occurrence. When we see David arrive the armies are assembled and facing each other across the valley. To a casual observer we would see a young boy running up to the army, one could easily make the assumption that he was simply excited to see soldiers getting ready for a battle. <BR> Different writings place David at ages from 12 to 22, so I ... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 04:46:57 EST March 18, 1 Samuel 17:12-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6121953 March 18, 1 Samuel 17:12-18 <BR> <BR> There have been commentaries on this section about the time-line being wrong or that this section was not in the original documents. We're introduced to David here but we were already introduced when Samuel anointed him. So there may be a time line problem. It seems that the writer is trying to introduce us to David but we already met him. It does give us more insight into the family. It also may give us more understanding about the ages and reinfor... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 04:57:20 EST March 17, 1 Samuel 17:1-11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6121154 March 17, 1 Samuel 17:1-11 <BR> <BR> Saul is considered a great warrior in a previous chapter, in fact it said he sought out the mightiest warriors to battle with but now he's afraid of Goliath. Goliath's size is reported in any range between 7 and 10 feet, Saul is also reported as 7 feet. Goliath too has a reputation. So now Saul finds a warrior that he's actually afraid of. We also know that the holy spirit has left Saul. And I note that Goliath doesn't call the Israelites servants of Go... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 04:56:18 EST March 16, 1 Samuel 16:14-23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6120356 March 16, 1 Samuel 16:14-23 <BR> <BR> Here is a place in the scriptures where the story takes a jump and the time line is skewed. So far as we know at this point, David has been anointed to be king but hasn't made any public appearance or established any reputation. As far as time lines go this fits better in chapter 18. In any case there have been a lot of commentaries on Saul's evil spirit. Some don't believe that God actually sent an evil spirit but simply because the holy spirit had l... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 04:57:19 EST