The PAX were very eager to get started this morning. At five minutes ‘til, there were calls to get going. Several almost fartsackers came pulling up just in time. Today was YHC’s 50th birthday and the workout had a 50 theme throughout. There were no Burpee’s, because YHC hates Burpees. Plus, everyone knows that Burpees are stupid.
- 25 x forward Penningtons
- 25 x Reverse Penningtons
- 25 x Windmill
The Thang: the PAX headed off on a mosey to the lower playground for a little jungle gym work and some laps:
- 5 sets of 10 pull-ups or knee-ups with one lap around the playground after each set to break up the monotony. The amount of grunts and whining suggested this was one of the PAX’s favorite activities.
Next we took a short mosey to the Hill:
- 5 sets of 10 Merkins at bottom and 10 Jump Squats at top
- 5 sets of 10 Jump Squats at bottom and 10 Mountain Climbers at top
Next we moseyed up the hill and over to the basketball courts:
The PAZ lined up against one end of the court and counted off by A and B teams for a team activity
- Round 1 complete 50 Merkins – team-mate runs to end and does 5 Monkey Humpers, then runs back and relieves their partner, rinse and repeat to 50.
- Round 2: complete 100 Monkey Humpers – team-mate runs to end does 5 Squats, then runs back and relieves partner, rinse and repeat to 100
- Round 3: complete 150 Squats – team-mate runs to the end does 5 Air Presses, then runs back and relieves partner, rinse and repeat to 150
- Round 4: complete 200 Air Presses – team-mate runs to the end and does 5 Merkins, then runs back and relieves partner, rinse and repeat to 200
Mosey Back for Mary:
The final flutter kicks were met with lots of sand-bagging and whining. YHC (who turned 50), did them with ease and smile on his face.
YHC wrapped up with a well-intentioned, if not completely linear devotion dealing with the use of 50 in the Bible: some examples.
The fourth longest book in the entirety of Scripture is Genesis with its 50 chapters.
Noah's Ark was 300 cubits long, 30 cubits high, and 50 cubits deep (Genesis 6:15).
The work of maintaining God's tabernacle in the wilderness was so laborious that only men who were between 30 and 50 years years old were allowed to serve (Numbers 4:1 - 3).
There was a penalty in ancient Israel if an unmarried man had sex with a virgin who was not engaged to be married. His penalty was to pay the woman's father 50 shekels of silver AND he had to marry her! Additionally, he was not allowed to 'put her away' or divorce her as long as she lived (Deuteronomy 22:28 - 29).
King David paid 50 shekels of silver to purchase the threshing floor where a death angel (brought by his own sins) was told to stop and not destroy Jerusalem(2Samuel 24). The location of the threshing floor became the place where Solomon built Jerusalem's temple (2Chronicles 3:1).
The gallows which Haman built for the use of having his enemy Mordecai executed upon was fifty cubits high (Esther 5:14, 7:9). Haman's plans, however, to kill Mordecai and have the Jewish people exterminated was thwarted. It was Haman himself who was hung on the gallows he had built!
How is the number 50 related to deliverance?
Fifty also symbolizes deliverance or freedom from a burden. God commanded ancient Israel that every 50th year, on the Day of Atonement, that a Jubilee was to be declared with the sound of a trumpet (Leviticus 25). During the Jubilee year ALL debts were settled in favor of the debtor and inheritances were returned to their rightful owners. Also, those who worked as slave laborers in order to repay a debt were granted their freedom to return home to their families and land.