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The Placebo Replacement

  • Amaziah also said to Amos, 'You seer, go, flee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there, but don't prophesy again any more at Bethel; for it is the king's sanctuary, and it is a royal house!' Then Amos answered Amaziah, 'I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet's son, but I was a herdsman, and a farmer of sycamore figs; and Yahweh took me from following the flock, and Yahweh said to me, 'Go, prophesy to my people Israel.' Now therefore listen to Yahweh's word Amos 7:12'16 WEB

    Amos, Daniel, Ezra, and Nehemiah, lived during a dark time in the history of Israel. Their forefathers had forsaken the living God and replaced Him with something else, something more passive, a placebo god. It was a strange situation because even though they had originally built the altars and temples for God, and the priests continued their work just as usual, God was no longer there.

    The priests continued their daily offerings, even though God was sick of them (Isaiah 1:14, Jeremiah 6:20, 7:21, Hosea 4:13). He had told them: 'Listen to My voice and I will be your God, and you shall be My people, and walk in the way that I command you' (Jeremiah 7:23), but they had turned that commandment into rote tradition and became more wicked than the people the Lord had driven out before them. They kept a long list of rules but had no relationship with God at all. They were spiritually deaf, and it became the blind leading the blind. Oddly enough, church life continues long after God has left the building.

    A placebo is a harmless pill designed to merely calm, or please someone, and it has no therapeutic effect. It's Latin origin literally means 'I shall please.' They had created a pleasing god.

    God sent Jeremiah to warn them and tell them the truth, but instead of listening, they became furious and wanted to kill him. 'The priests and the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of Yahweh. It happened, when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking all that Yahweh had commanded him to speak to all the people, that the priests and the prophets and all the people laid hold on him, saying, 'You shall surely die'' (Jeremiah 26:7).

    God's word was no longer welcome in His own house, and they beat His prophets and put them in jail (Jeremiah 20:2). He sent many messengers to try and correct them, but they beat them, stoned them, and refused to acknowledge that God had sent them (1Kings 13:1). Amos was a shepherd and a farmer, but God gave him a message for Israel and sent him to them to try and wake His people up. God's priests were deaf and simply continuing on in their daily drudgery, stubbornly rejecting His correction, and leading the people into worshiping a fake placebo god. The priest told God's prophet Amos to get out, and stay out.

    Eventually God had enough of this and He stirred up Assyria to destroy Israel and carry the people into exile, then Babylon captured Judah. They burned the cities, destroyed the temples, and carried the people away into exile. God gave the nation a reboot and started over, much like the flood during Noah's day.

    Jeremiah prophesied that after seventy years in exile, that God would visit them and bring them back (Jeremiah 29:10). So when the seventy years were up, Daniel began praying, fasting and reminding God of His word to them (Daniel 9:2). Isaiah had prophesied 150 years before Cyrus became king, that he would be the one to rebuild the Lord's temple (Isaiah 44:28). God called King Cyrus by name 150 years before he came on the scene.

    This is the time when Ezra and Nehemiah lived. The seventy years in exile were completed and King Cyrus, a pagan king used by God, gave an order to rebuild the temple of God at Jerusalem (Ezra 1:1) and the remnants of the Jewish people began returning home after spending seventy years in exile.

    God always has a redemption plan in place before His judgment comes. When the world was destroyed by a flood in Noah's time, God kept a remnant alive to rebuild it. When Israel was destroyed and taken into exile, God brought a remnant back safely to rebuild. Isaiah prophesying of Cyrus 150 years before, shows that God was already working on a way to restore a proper relationship with His people, before the fall began.

    God always makes a way for the fallen to return to His family, not as an outcast, but as a fully accepted, loved person of status just as the prodigal son returned home to a feast, a signet ring, the finest robe, and sandals (Luke 15:22). You are a true son or daughter of the Most High God, and no matter what you have done in your life, God wants you back with Him.

    He was working out the way for you to return, before you ever left. He already set the time for you to go free, before you were taken captive. He knows you by name and even the hairs of your head are all numbered (Luke 12:7). For God so loved the world, that he gave his only born Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16).

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I ask for and accept Your forgiveness for my sins. Please help me return to You in every area of my life. Consume me with Your love Lord and let me see through Your eyes today, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chron 7:14) ~ If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Brenda F
Brenda F

AMEN

Jun 5
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

AMEN. Thank you Heavenly Father for giving me of sins.  I need You in my life. Amen

Jun 5
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

Jun 5
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God give me strength in every way. Amen

Jun 5
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

AMEN!!! Thank you LORD for forgiveness and loving me. 

Jun 5
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen, thank you Jesus for all our blessings and your love.

Jun 5
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Consume me with your love Father let me see through your eyes in Jesus name I pray amen I love you Lord .

Jun 5
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

thank you Lord  for your love !   thank you pastor Dion for this devotional  

 

Jun 5
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen, Thank You Father

Jun 5
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Judith B
Judith B

Amen

Jun 5
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

Jun 5
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Jesus for saving me from my sins, Amen!

Jun 5
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name Amen. Bless Your Holy names Father Yahweh, Lord Yehoshua and Holy Spirit. 

Jun 5
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone Have A Bless Day 

Jun 5
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father thanks I give You for Your forgiveness and blessings, for picking me up every time I fall and for being there for me  at all times. Help me to understand that what You are doing with me is to show me Your love and care. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

Awesome devotional Pastor,God bless you and Sylvia. 

Jun 5
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Jun 5
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord Jesus, amen

Jun 5
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Thank you for this word of devotion today. God will always make a way for his people. He loves us and wants to bless us!! Bless you Dion and Sylvia for all you do at Refreshing Hope Ministries!!

 

Jun 5
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen!!! Giving thanks to the Lord God Almighty, the Creator of all things, the Give of the breath of life, the mighty arm that brought salvation unto us, even plain old me!!! We worship You, oh Lord, You alone are worthy of our praise, Amen and Amen!!!

Jun 5
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Jun 5