Reboot

Posted by Dion Todd May 30th, 2024 1,159 Views 22 Comments

He answered them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, 'This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. They worship me in vain, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.' For you set aside the commandment of God, and hold tightly to the tradition of menβ€”the washing of pitchers and cups, and you do many other such things." He said to them, "Full well do you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition." Mark 7:6-9 WEB.

Solomon built a beautiful temple in the Old Testament using his father's plans. King David had spent years planning it and setting aside money for it. On the day the temple was dedicated, God lit the fire on the altar, then the priests continued to offer sacrifices there each day.

Eventually, King Solomon was led astray by his many beautiful wives, and he began to follow their gods instead of the Lord. Solomon would marry an Egyptian, and start attending her church, etcetera. He did that about 700 times. After Solomon, each generation got further and further away from true worship. Their religion eventually became just rote repetition of traditions. It became the blind leading the blind.

In Amos 7:10, God sent the shepherd Amos to prophesy to Amaziah, the high priest of the temple at Bethel. God had to use a farmer to try and speak to the high priest, who no longer listened but was still there offering daily sacrifices at the temple. They ran the prophet Amos, away.

This happened many times, like in 1 Kings 13. The priests kept offering their daily sacrifices while spiritually deaf and completely ignoring what God was trying to tell them. When God sent them prophets to bring correction, they killed them because they didn't like the message. Jesus covered this in His parable of the Tenants in Matthew 21:33. Their hypocrisy became sickening to God.

In Malachi 1:10 WEB the Lord said: "Oh that there were one among you who would shut the doors, that you might not kindle fire on my altar in vain! I have no pleasure in you," says Yahweh of Armies, "neither will I accept an offering at your hand."

When Jesus came, He brought life, renewal, and a spiritual freshness the people had not experienced before. The tax collectors, prostitutes, and sinners who were excommunicated from the temple were drawn to Him. Jesus was love. He was life. He was fun to be around. He was forgiving and non-condemning. Jesus touched the lepers, healed the sick, and He ate with the sinners.

In the religious circles, though, Jesus regularly butted heads with the spiritually dead. They so hated Him. The undead priests were jealous and envious of the life that Jesus carried. They envied the miracles He performed and the crowds that followed Him. The harshest words that Jesus spoke were towards the religious dead. The walking dead who thought they were alive. In John 8, Jesus said this:

You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and doesn't stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks on his own; for he is a liar, and the father of lies. John 8:44 WEB.

These Pharisees were the religious elite of the day. The ones the people looked to as spiritual leaders. They wore long robes and prayed long, beautiful prayers. The strange part about this verse is they thought that God was their father. Yet Jesus told them that the devil was actually their father. This was worse than Star Wars when Luke Skywalker learned that Darth Vader was his dad. El diablo was their dada.

Jesus rebooted the cold, dead religious system of the day. He returned it to a personal relationship with God, Abba, Father. We are the temple of God, and His Spirit lives inside of us (1Corinthians 3:17). The Lord tore open the veil in the temple that separated God and man, and now we can come boldly to the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16). We are accepted, and the Holy Spirit brings life, forgiveness, grace, wisdom, and spiritual gifts with Him as well.

God is not dead, but some forms of worship are. Don't try to sell that cold, dead religion. Jesus is alive, and He brings things to life.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I look to You today for wisdom and guidance. Please cut through the traditions of men and let me experience Your living word. Speak to me in a way that I understand. May Your will be done on the Earth and in my life, as it is in heaven. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

Note: Ladies, today is Thankful Thursday at the "Ladies in Distress" group (our RHM women's group)! You are welcome to join in our weekly sharing of thankfulness for the Lord's presence and any blessings you may have experienced, big or small! Until we get our small group areas up again, Thankful Thursday will take place at the home page at RHM! As always, 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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Sherry Mccosh commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Reboot

2 weeks ago


Heavenly Father, I look to You today for wisdom and guidance. Please cut through the traditions of men and let me experience Your living word. Speak to me in a way that I understand. May Your will be done on the Earth and in my life, as it is in heaven. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!
Thank you Pastor Dion for this devotion, it is amazing!!




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Wesley Paulus commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Reboot

2 weeks ago


Amen!




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Susan Petho commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Reboot

2 weeks ago


Amen!




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Schalk De beer commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Reboot

2 weeks ago


In Jesus's name I pray, amen.




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Mari Kaufmann commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Reboot

2 weeks ago


Amen




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Bella Colliander commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Reboot

2 weeks ago


LORD, MAY YOUR LIGHT SHINE THROUGH ME, ALWAYS. AMEN!




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Shara Abel commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Reboot

2 weeks ago


Another excellent teaching, thank you Pastor you help to bring the scriptures to life for me.




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David Krull commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Reboot

2 weeks ago


Amen Lord.




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Marisa Jackson commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Reboot

2 weeks ago


Amen! πŸ™ Amen! πŸ™ Amen! πŸ™




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Bill Digiglio commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Reboot

2 weeks ago


Amen, Thank you all for your prayers, still waiting on God for a answer or a solution to my situation. Have a great day everyone God Bless . Coming here helps me not to fall further into depression.



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Debi Burton

2 weeks ago

Surround him with Angels with love and happiness….. πŸ™πŸ»


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Lynn Brown

2 weeks ago

Father, bless Bill with all he needs met. Give him wisdom and guidance to follow Your plans. Amen!πŸ™


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Cathy Webb

2 weeks ago

Lifting you in prayer, Bill! May God protect your heart and provide amply for your needs. πŸ™


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Sylvia Todd

2 weeks ago

Praying for you, brother πŸ™!



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Debi Burton commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Reboot

2 weeks ago


Heavenly Father, I look to You today for wisdom and guidance. Please cut through the traditions of men and let me experience Your living word. Speak to me in a way that I understand. May Your will be done on the Earth and in my life, as it is in heaven. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen! ❀️🀟🏻




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Theresa Bright commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Reboot

2 weeks ago


Amen πŸ™πŸ»




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Lynn Brown commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Reboot

2 weeks ago


May my thoughts, words and actions be pleasing to You, Amen!




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Yvette York commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Reboot

2 weeks ago


AMEN Good Morning Everyone πŸ˜€



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Sylvia Todd

2 weeks ago

Good morning, Yvette 🌻!



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Cathy Webb commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Reboot

2 weeks ago


Lord, today may my actions and words reflect You, my Living God. Amen!




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Wanda Pennington commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Reboot

2 weeks ago


Heavenly Father, I look to You today for wisdom and guidance. Please cut through the traditions of men and let me experience Your living word. Speak to me in a way that I understand. May Your will be done on the Earth and in my life, as it is in heaven. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!




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Brenda F commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Reboot

2 weeks ago


Amen!




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Elena Vasquez commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Reboot

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Amen




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Dana Rozell commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Reboot

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Amen!




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Celeste Strenn commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Reboot

2 weeks ago


Amen❣️




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Kay Collinsworth commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Reboot

2 weeks ago


Amen






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