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/ July 27, I Kings 13:11-34 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207414 July 27, I Kings 13:11-34 <BR> <BR> The story of these two prophets has several lessons but I'll look at simply obedience. For the purpose of a little clarity I'll call the two men Mike and Ike. Mike is the prophet sent from Jerusalem with a message for Jeroboam. We don't know exactly how God spoke to Mike, <BR> it may have been through a different prophet but I believe that God spoke directly to him. <BR> Now we have Ike, a man who was also a prophet, perhaps God spoke to him some time ... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 05:11:05 EST July 26, I Kings 13:1-10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206799 July 26, I Kings 13:1-10 <BR> <BR> History shows a lot of self centered political leaders with the same flaws, they try to be everything and think they know what's best for the people. Jeroboam not only made idols and false gods, he made temples, he attributed the works of God to the idols and set himself up as priest. One may wonder why God didn't kill him outright. This un-named prophet does however prophecy a coming king by name, Josiah. Josiah comes about 340 years after this prophecy... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 05:16:54 EST July 25, I Kings 12:25-33 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206184 July 25, I Kings 12:25-33 <BR> <BR> Jeroboam is a typical political leader, he thinks that he is in charge and that he can solve all social problems. He does some very foolish things. This is a man who received a word from God with specific instructions and a promise, walk in my ways and I will take care of everything else. But like most men he decided to do it himself. Israel has three pilgrimage feasts where all men are to go to the temple. During these times there is a lot of money c... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 05:07:56 EST July 24, I Kings 12:16-25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205667 July 24, I Kings 12:16-25 <BR> <BR> The kingdom is divided just as God said it would. The division is because of years of idolatry but I wonder, had Rehoboam repented, turned to God with his whole heart and listened to the people would that make a difference? But we see that's not his nature, he's a proud arrogant king who wants his way even to the point of civil war. The parallels of this man and so many others in history are amazing. Political leaders welcome fighting amongst the peopl... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 05:31:42 EST July 23, I Kings 12:1-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205189 July 23, I Kings 12:1-15 <BR> <BR> We need a little background on Rehoboam. Many commentaries believe that he was Solomon's only son and that Solomon spent little time with him. We can see from his character an example of how a father is important in a child's development. The scripture tells us that God used Rehoboam for His purpose to divide Israel. This doesn't mean that God gave this man a selfish and foolish attitude, his family and social influences did that. God simply used Rehob... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 05:08:12 EST July 22, I Kings 11:23-43 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204682 July 22, I Kings 11:23-43 <BR> <BR> Finishing this chapter we see that God raised up other adversaries against Solomon. And we have the prophecy of how God will divide the kingdom to ten tribes and one tribe, the tribe of Levi is not included as they were the priests of all Israel and will go wherever the ark and the temple is. We know just a little of Jeroboam, that he was a hard worker and able to lead others, Solomon made him a foreman in the construction of millo. Other than that we k... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 04:58:57 EST July 21, I Kings 11:9-22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204136 July 21, I Kings 11:9-22 <BR> <BR> Some of the stories in the Old Testament of what God did seem a bit peculiar to me and this is one of them. We begin with the fact that God is not happy with Solomon for his disobedience. The text actually says that God was angry, I know some pharisees who try to say it's a sin to get angry, apparently not. Then we're told that God spoke to Solomon concerning his disobedience. How did He speak? Was it directly as with Moses and Samuel or was it through ... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 04:44:06 EST July 20, I Kings 11:1-8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203548 July 20, I Kings 11:1-8 <BR> <BR> The end of Solomon's kingdom and of Israel's prosperity began with Solomon's lusts. How can a man have any form of piety to God with more than one wife? Here is Solomon with 1000. Certainly he did not have relations with all of them and some were perhaps a formality. It was a custom to give princesses as brides in trade and peace agreements. Still we know that Solomon did have intimate relations with several as they turned his heart from God to their ow... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 05:26:16 EST July 19, I Kings 10:14-29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202966 July 19, I Kings 10:14-29 <BR> <BR> Much or the remainder in this chapter deals with the wealth that Israel enjoyed while Solomon was king. Gold, silver and precious stones flowed into the country from surrounding nations. There are two distinct aspects to this, first God promised to Solomon that He would bless Israel as long as they kept His commands, and secondly the reign of Solomon can be a picture of the reign of Christ when He comes to establish His permanent kingdom. In that day al... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 05:34:36 EST July 18, I Kings 10:1-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202349 July 18, I Kings 10:1-13 <BR> <BR> Another famous story of Solomon's wisdom, the news of which spread and the queen of Sheba came to see. There is a principle here in that as Jesus said; “If I be lifted up I will draw all men to me”. At this time in Solomon's rein he is still expressing great piety and revering God. So God is being lifted up, exalted above men and the holy spirit is drawing others to Himself. The meeting and discourse with Solomon and the queen is a fairly common story, ... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 05:53:05 EST July 17, I Kings 9:12-28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201818 July 17, I Kings 9:12-28 <BR> <BR> Finishing off this chapter the main topic seems to be how Solomon built Israel. He began right by building for God first, finishing His temple before building his own house. And as he continued to build up Israel he maintained his piety to God. Two items of discord though that I see are the cities Solomon gave to Hiram, they did not please him but we're not told why. And the building of a house for Pharaoh's daughter with special terraces. Knowing a li... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 05:46:28 EST July 16, I Kings 9:1-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201296 July 16, I Kings 9:1-12 <BR> <BR> God speaks to Solomon and things seem pretty straight forward. If you and the people do what they are supposed to do then Israel will remain powerful forever. God even defines what it will take for Him to cut off Israel, if you worship idols. I can almost understand for someone who has never known God to worship idols but for any person who has acknowledged and seen the works and wonders of God to turn back to idols boggles the mind. All of creation scre... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 06:10:06 EST July 15, I Kings 8:54-66 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200752 July 15, I Kings 8:54-66 <BR> <BR> Solomon finishes his prayer and note his position, he knelt humbly before God's altar with his hands raised. The king of Israel humbled himself before God and in view of the people. I think that's significant, I can't imagine any current political leader who would humble themselves in front of any audience. Pride and arrogance are the greatest sins, they are what keep us from God. Steve Brown said on several broadcasts that it's not our sin that separat... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 06:07:55 EST July 14, I Kings 8:31-53 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200212 July 14, I Kings 8:31-53 <BR> <BR> Solomon's prayers and pleas to God are prophetic. He acknowledges that all men will sin and that the only way to forgiveness is through the temple of God (remember that the ultimate temple of God is Christ). He also prophecies about Israel sinning and how God will punish them through famine, drought, captivity. He speaks of a day when people from all over the world will hear of the mighty arm of God and come to Him. All of what Solomon prayed came to pas... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 06:49:26 EST July 13, I Kings 8:22-30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199627 July 13, I Kings 8:22-30 <BR> <BR> After the temple is dedicated Solomon prays a prayer over the people, and a praise to God. He acknowledges God's sovereignty, that God is bigger than any house, that the heavens above can't contain God. He praises God for fulfilling the promise to David and also notes that's dependent on obedience. And his plea that God will listen and hear the prayers when men pray towards this place. Some compare the temple to a type of Christ, so in essence then Solom... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 06:49:30 EST July 12, I Kings 8:1-21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199026 July 12, I Kings 8:1-21 <BR> <BR> Solomon finished the temple and at it's dedication he brings up the critical piece, the ark of the covenant. Note where it's been, in the city of David. Does that phrase ring a bell somewhere else? Jesus was born in the city of David. I find it curious that the man made ark was brought to Jerusalem from the city of David and the God made ark, the final symbol of the eternal covenant also came from there. And God honored His promise to Solomon, at the de... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 04:03:39 EST July 11, I Kings 7:12-51 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198431 July 11, I Kings 7:12-51 <BR> <BR> Solomon hired Hiram of Tyre to make the temple items. Hiram was apparently the most skilled artist working in metals and Solomon spared no expense. Items to note, all of the pieces that were outside the temple are made of bronze and all inside the temple are gold. <BR> That shows how man, being outside and separated from God is un-pure and corruptible, but God, represented by gold is pure and incorruptible. To get an idea of the sizes, the sea as it's ca... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 05:07:26 EST July 10, I Kings 7:1-11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197868 July 10, I Kings 7:1-11 <BR> <BR> Solomon built for himself at least two houses and one for his wife, Pharaoh's daughter. His first house took 13 years to build, nearly twice as long as the temple but we don't know how many people were involved. It was considerably bigger than the temple though. The second house, the Forest Of Lebanon, was built with materials from that forest, primarily cedars. He furnished and adored the houses with costly items. This was a time of great prosperity fo... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 04:53:24 EST July 9, I Kings 6:8-38 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197346 July 9, I Kings 6:8-38 <BR> <BR> It took a little over 7 years to build the temple, the description lists all sorts of ornate designs and expensive materials. Details that while interesting aren't what I want to focus on. It comes in verses 11-13; “ Now the word of the Lord came to Solomon, 12 “Concerning this house that you are building, if you will walk in my statutes and obey my rules and keep all my commandments and walk in them, then I will establish my word with you, which I spoke to... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 05:28:59 EST July 8, I Kings 6:1-7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196801 July 8, I Kings 6:1-7 <BR> <BR> Solomon builds the temple which was very big, with a lot of pieces. Something I find intriguing is that all of the pieces were made off site yet the went together without more tooling. As a precision machinist I'm impressed by this. I make a lot of parts with very close tolerances, all it takes is for a few parts to be out just a little and the whole part doesn't fit together. All of these stones and boards needed to be worked to fairly precise measuremen... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 05:35:46 EST July 7, I Kings 5:13-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196259 July 7, I Kings 5:13-17 <BR> <BR> Solomon conscripts and commissions a workforce to cut the parts of the temple, from the unskilled to the very skilled. He had 70000 unskilled laborers, called burden bearers and 80000 stonecutters, semiskilled, cutting raw stones. All of these along with Hiram's builders, Solomon's, and the men of Gebal who were among the best stone shapers around. Looking at this as a public works project, Solomon employed over 200000 men to make the pieces and build the... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 04:58:03 EST July 6, I Kings 5:1-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195645 July 6, I Kings 5:1-13 <BR> <BR> Israel enjoys a time of peace and prosperity, the new young king is forming treaties with his neighbors. They trade in goods and services and for at least a short time all is well in the world. This is the only time in their history when Israel enjoyed this type of peace. All 12 tribes are united under one king, and both the king and nation are respected by their neighbors. Some scholars say that God allowed this time of peace so that Solomon could complet... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 04:49:55 EST July 5, I Kings 4:20-28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195006 July 5, I Kings 4:20-28 <BR> <BR> Israel prospers and dominates the area so that neighboring kingdoms pay a tribute. This all took place within the first five years of Solomon's reign. Some commentaries compare this to a type of the Messiah's reign. There will be peace all around and all kingdoms of the world will worship Him. <BR> In Solomon's Israel there was abundance of things that appeal to our flesh, food, drink, wealth 'stuff'. Things that will only satisfy for a little while, but ... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 05:11:09 EST July 4, I Kings 4:1-19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194427 July 4, I Kings 4:1-19 <BR> <BR> These first verses have a lot of names of some significant people. Solomon puts key people in place, using some that David used, some that were their descendants. A good lesson here that the most successful people are those who find and place good people in key positions. <BR> <BR> Today's workout, back biceps intervals. <BR> Step up, pull up, burpee, biceps curl, jump rope, row, windmill, T. Mon, 4 Jul 2016 05:12:49 EST July 3, I Kings 3:16-28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193962 July 3, I Kings 3:16-28 <BR> <BR> This story of where Solomon proposes cutting a baby in half is used in a lot of teachings, it shows some very basic human traits. When someone loves another person they will do whatever needed for that person's survival. Counter to that, when one submits to more base feelings, they want others to suffer. <BR> I never could quite understand that emotion, why someone would find pleasure in other's misfortunes. <BR> <BR> Sun, 3 Jul 2016 07:45:32 EST July 2, I Kings 3:1-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193399 July 2, I Kings 3:1-14 <BR> <BR> This is Solomon's famous prayer, when he asks God not for personal gains but for wisdom. Through history Solomon's wisdom has been cited yet there are distinct places where he does not exercise such. <BR> The very first verse of this chapter is one example, God strictly forbid marriages between His people and the neighboring pagans yet Solomon marries Pharaoh's daughter. He did this strictly for political reasons. Egypt and Tyre were the most powerful nati... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 05:08:00 EST July 1, I Kings 2:26-46 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192783 July 1, I Kings 2:26-46 <BR> <BR> King Solomon is dispensing high justice, or at least that's what one may call it. He's killing people that committed crimes against David and the nation while David was king. For the crimes committed I believe the penalty was right but I do have an issue with killing Joab at the altar. Although the text doesn't say he was at the altar when struck down I get that impression. There is also a question of real repentance, we saw Adonijah run to the altar too,... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 05:06:16 EST June 30, I Kings 2:10-25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192178 June 30, I Kings 2:10-25 <BR> <BR> David is now dead and Solomon is firmly on the throne yet still there are plots and intrigue. Adonijah tries to maneuver around Solomon through Bathsheba. I think Bathsheba was a very smart woman, one quite familiar with manipulations and manipulating people. The request for David's concubine would have strengthened Adonijah's claim to the throne, he may have been planning a civil war or some action against Solomon. I don't know why Bathsheba did as she... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 04:54:11 EST June 29, I Kings 2:1-9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191561 June 29, I Kings 2:1-9 <BR> <BR> David is dieing and giving last advice to his son, I contrast this section to a writing by Paul to Timothy. <BR> David begins great, be strong, walk upright before God and keep His commandments but then he changes things, he singles out certain people for revenge. Strange that David, a man who received God's grace and mercy so many times in his life sought revenge at the end. He could have simply left things as the first section, do all to walk with God. In... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 05:05:20 EST June 28, I Kings 1:41-53 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190952 June 28, I Kings 1:41-53 <BR> <BR> Adonijah receives word that solomon has been made king in such a way that it cannot be disputed and he and his followers have an oh snap moment. We all know what it's like, we're doing something that we shouldn't, we know deep down that it's wrong, but we do it anyway. Maybe the potential gains seem to be great but the risk is greater. Everyone scatters and there is a great picture of salvation and grace, Adonijah runs to the altar, that's the best place... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 05:05:34 EST June 27, I Kings 1:28-40 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190322 June 27, I Kings 1:28-40 <BR> <BR> Apparently David make a promise to Bathsheba that Solomon would be the next king. What is done next removes any doubt and establishes Solomon firmly on the throne. He rides the king's donkey through the streets of Jerusalem, he goes to the spring Gihon, a place of constantly running water and people always present gathering water. Publicly the priest and prophet both anoint Solomon to be king, proclaiming him to be God's choice, and he is then placed on ... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 04:56:03 EST June 26, I Kings 1:11-27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189752 June 26, I Kings 1:11-27 <BR> <BR> Modern soap operas can't even compete with the intrigue and deceit in the bible. Adonijah has set himself up as king. Bathsheba is seeking that position for her son, Nathan's motives aren't clear but they come together with a story of part truths. Nathan warns Bathsheba that her life and Solomon's were in danger, possibly true as it wasn't uncommon for siblings to kill off any contesting heirs. I still believe that the whole relationship with Bathsheba a... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 06:43:03 EST June 25, I Kings 1:5-9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189227 June 25, I Kings 1:5-9 <BR> <BR> Adonijah is setting himself up as king but there is a difference between this and what Absalom did. <BR> Adonijah was apparently the eldest living son and by logical succession would be the next king, David was old and apparently did not directly disapprove of Adonijah's actions. He's also a bit more open in his doings yet still key people are not supporting his claim. The men who fear God are all waiting on God to determine who will be the next king, tho... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:37:31 EST June 24, I Kings 1:1-4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188612 June 24, I Kings 1:1-4 <BR> <BR> There's a certain level of humor in this and a level of practicality, not that it was right. I hope that if I ever get so old that a pretty young lady cant turn me on I just die. With David's history concerning women it's surprising but I suppose age does cause systems to break down. I don't understand exactly what spiritual lesson this section teaches but it does show us a bit more about humanity. <BR> <BR> Today's workout, Back biceps 5 sets 8-12 reps <B... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 05:08:29 EST June 23, Joel 3:17-21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188010 June 23, Joel 3:17-21 <BR> <BR> This is obviously a prophecy of times to come, a time when Israel will worship God and not have dealings with those who do not. A time when the enemies of Israel will be brought low and judged for their actions. Israel, or more specifically the Jewish people, is one of the greatest arguments for the existence of God. They have remained both a people and culture for thousands of years while other cultures have died away. Perhaps this prophecy speaks of a time... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 04:03:04 EST June 22, Joel 3:9-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187348 June 22, Joel 3:9-16 <BR> <BR> In Isaiah 2 God says turn your swords to plowshares, here He says the opposite. There will someday be a time of universal peace but that time won't come until Christ returns. There will also be times of war when every able bodied person should prepare to fight. In this prophecy the nations are rising against Israel and God is calling all of His people to battle. I know some that believe the armor of God is sufficient, that we wrestle with spiritual forces. ... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 04:51:15 EST June 21, Joel 3:1-8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186699 June 21, Joel 3:1-8 <BR> <BR> There's a lot here in these 8 verses. A prophecy of God judging all nations, this could refer to the end of days, when God judges all of mankind or it could be any one of a number of times when God brought His people back. Possibly a bit of each. Some things I find striking are the levels of carnality spoken of here. You traded a boy for a prostitute and a girl for wine. This isn't unique to the times, all around the world children both boys and girls are t... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 04:54:44 EST June 20, Joel 2:28-32 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186041 June 20, Joel 2:28-32 <BR> <BR> This prophecy is quoted by Peter in Acts 2:17 and he refers to the Holy Spirit filling the people on Pentecost. In all of the translations I looked at, verse 28 says 'afterward', but after what? After the people repent? After the messiah comes? After the Holy Spirit comes? Maybe all three. I think the last two verses are indeed about Messiah final coming but the first three could be any time of revival or move of God. Certainly we saw this on Pentecost ... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 04:06:47 EST June 19, Joel 2:18-27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185507 June 19, Joel 2:18-27 <BR> <BR> This is one of the places where God gives us an if-then promise. If His people will return then He will bless the land. It says they will have all of the crops that the locusts ate, God will restore the lost years. <BR> Just imagine this, a land that has suffered low production volume for years, after returning to God with their whole heart God will bless them not only with the normal yield but He will restore what was lost in the other years. And I believ... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 04:23:08 EST June 18, Joel 2:12-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184996 June 18, Joel 2:12-17 <BR> <BR> The word for the ages is and I suppose will always be repent. But most people don't know what that actually means. We usually associate repent with a change in behavior and in most cases that's true but the real meaning is to accept that I am wrong and desire to change. Some times I can make the change myself but more often I need God to make the changes. The prophet speaks of impending judgment but if the people will return to God this may be avoided. God... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 05:09:25 EST June 17, Joel 2:1-11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184403 June 17, Joel 2:1-11 <BR> <BR> Sound the alarm for an enemy is invading the land, it's army is so large it can not be compared to any other in history nor will it be again. Whatever is before it will be destroyed, like a fire it consumes, like locusts it devours all in it's path. This can refer to any number of armies, it could be a reference to the locusts of the last chapter, perhaps the impending Babylonian captivity or maybe something else. Today I would say this army is humanism, it's... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 05:21:52 EST June 16, Joel 1:13-20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183808 June 16, Joel 1:13-20 <BR> <BR> This second half is a picture of a land that was once great now impoverished. The priests lament from a lack of worshipers, offerings and prayers are not being made. He calls for an assembly of the elders to put aside the carnal things and return to worship. Wouldn't that be something today for Christians to put away the carnal and worship? And as the people have neglected God the land suffers, crops die in the field and the livestock can't find enough to... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 05:02:55 EST June 15, Joel 1:1-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183178 June 15, Joel 1:1-12 <BR> <BR> The book of Joel was probably written between the time that Israel, the northern kingdom, and Judah the southern were captured. Much of this is literal and much is figurative. There were in fact locusts that destroyed crops but the locusts could also be social issues. He says to the elders, have you ever seen things so bad? That question can be asked today, the world certainly is different. Violence, drugs, immorality, anger and hatred is destroying us and... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 05:19:56 EST June 14, II Samuel 24:18-25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182493 June 14, II Samuel 24:18-25 <BR> <BR> David is told to make an altar and an offering to God. According to Jewish traditions this was on Mount Moriah, where it is believed that Cain and Abel made their offerings and where Abraham prepared to offer Isaac when God provided Himself a lamb. That's an interesting concept, the first place where we have recorded bloodshed and the place where The Gospel, the promise of Christ, the lamb provided by God, is first presented. A significant passage is v... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 05:07:15 EST June 13, II Samuel 24:10-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181815 June 13, II Samuel 24:10-17 <BR> <BR> We do no know the extent of David's sin, we can surmise that it had something to do with numbering his men. Whatever it was I believe it was something that caused the people to sin also, hence the judgments from God are against all of Israel. In David's choices he has two that would protect himself and family, a famine would not effect him as king, nor would a war as he could remain at home, but a pestilence would hit everyone from the lowest servant to... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 05:15:34 EST June 12, II Samuel 24:1-9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181236 June 12, II Samuel 24:1-9 <BR> <BR> This chapter has a parallel in 1 Chronicles 21 and they appear to disagree on a key point. Here it says that the anger of The Lord was kindled against Israel and in Chronicles it says that Satan rose up against Israel, so which is correct and do they contradict? Well they are both correct and neither contradict, it deals primarily in the poor English translations. Satan did incite David to number Israel, or perhaps it was simply his own waning trust in ... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 05:01:04 EST June 11, II Samuel 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180672 June 11, II Samuel 23 <BR> <BR> It says these are David's last words, perhaps the meaning is last words of advice, he begins the chapter with some wisdom, men should live according to God, pretty basic really. The second part is almost like a eulogy, recounting David's glory days and the men who fought with him. David did a lot of stuff in his life, some of these stories and names won't mean much to us gentiles but there is a heritage in the names and they are important to some people. So... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 04:56:34 EST June 10, II Samuel 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180044 June 10, II Samuel 22 This song that David sings is Psalm 18, parts are about God delivering him and parts are a prophecy about the messiah. It's believed that he wrote this after being delivered from Saul in at least one battle. Interesting that we can find it easy to sing God's praises after the troubles are over, not so much in the midst of them. That's still true today, we tend to say how great God is when we get the job we wanted or when life is up, is God not great when we feel like c... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 04:14:23 EST June 9, II Samuel 21:15-22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179436 June 9, II Samuel 21:15-22 <BR> <BR> Israel goes to war with the Philistines, they were constantly at war with the Philistines and some would say still today they are although the name has evolved to Palestine. David is the target in any battle because he is the king, and he's getting old. Good advice that he not go to battle any more. The several accounts of giants, which might actually mean men with a noted reputation, were defeated by soldiers for Israel. The battles are all God's and... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 04:45:37 EST June 8, II Samuel 21:1-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178767 June 8, II Samuel 21:1-14 <BR> <BR> There was a covenant in Joshua 9 between Israel and the Gibeonites, Saul broke that covenant and God wants David to make amends. The human sacrifice was not God's idea, I don't know why David asked them what they wanted instead of asking God what He wanted. There are things that cant be made equal, and repentance is not what we do but the status of our hearts. I believe God was grieved by the whole thing yet there was repentance and forgiveness between I... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 05:11:11 EST