Three simple keys spread around your computer. A combination of keys that are not easy to hit by accident, but are then and available for when the computer needs a reboot. What does that reboot do, it clears out the garbage. Since the computer is constantly receiving input for every website you click on and ever command you give it, the data can get a little jumbled at times. The computer can ‘hold on’ to old data that it really needs to release. When we reboot, the computer starts all over back to just how the programmer designed it…. Until we mess it up again later.
Life is this way as well. In fact, our human history is like this. God gave mankind 10 rules through Moses. That’s it, just 10. But over time, the Israelites felts this needed further clarification and added over 600 man made rules to the original 10. If you simply live by the 10, you would be doing everything God had commanded. Now to live by the 600+ was becoming increasingly difficult.
So God sends down His Son for a reboot of the system. His birth and eventual 3 year ministry was loading a new program into our system but then His death and resurrection was the [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Del] of our system.
While Jesus was walking the earth, before the actual reboot, the Pharisees struggled with this new program. Jesus was teaching a more simple sets of rules; Love God and Love Others. This simple rule system didn’t sit well against the 600+ rules they were supposedly living by. One such example was on the teaching of divorce.
“And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said,‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh.What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?” He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.” (Matt 19:3-8)
Moses was only around for less than 40 years after he was given the 10 Commandments. In that short time, he was already adding to those 10 because of their “hardness of heart”. The powers that be continued to add to these commandments over the next generations to the point that there were now more than 10 times as many of man’s laws as there was God’s laws.
So God reboots us with TWO simple laws.
“And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matt 22:37-40)
By now, our society has gone back to adding WAY too many laws with WAY too many pages for each law. Perhaps it’s time we all [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Del] our own priorities. As Christians, we are called to do just a few things… but do them well.
- Follow the Greatest Commandment to Love God and Love Others.
- Follow the Great Commission and Make Disciples of All Nations.
As Solomon puts it, everything else is vanity.