Saturday, November 12, 2011

A Morning Cup of Tea: Tempted by the Devil

Today we begin chapter four of Luke. Jesus had gone to the wilderness to be alone and fast and pray, and there the devil tempted him. Jesus had been there for forty days and had eaten nothing. Satan knew this so he told him in verse 3, If you are the Son of God, command this stone to be made bread(my words). 
  4. And Jesus answered him, saying , It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
 If you go here you will see that Jesus was quoting Deuteronomy 8:2-3. We need not only to feed our physical selves in order to be healthy, but our spiritual selves as well. Reading and knowing the scriptures daily nourishes us, and keeps us healthy and strong, and better able to withstand temptations, as it is written in the old testament: I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11, English Standard Version.
  The devil tried again, this time taking him to a high mountain and showing him all the kingdoms of the world in a brief span of time. All of this can be yours, if you will just worship me, he told Jesus.  He was telling him, I have the power here, and to those I give the power to.  In essence he wanted Jesus to give up all his heavenly life for the riches and power of the earth.  Jesus had an answer for that as well.
 8. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan, for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Jesus was quoting Deuteronomy 6:13 that time.
 One more time the devil tempted him. He brought Jesus to Jerusalem, to the pinnacle of the temple and set him there.  Don't be fooled; the devil can quote scripture too, although he tends to misquote it or twist the words, using scripture out of context to suit his needs.  If you are the son of God, hop on down from there. It is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee. He quoted Psalm 91:11 and 12.
 12. And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Those words can be found in Deuteronomy 6:16.
  The bible does not tell us how many times the devil tempted Jesus, only that he did, and gave those three examples. Verse thirteen tells us that when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season. We know that he would indeed return to fight another time. The devil thought the cross would surely stop him, but we know it didn't. 
 God knew that we would fight for our spiritual lives here on earth where the devil reigns. He gave us the weapons with which to fight, and he assured us we would never be alone in the battle.  We are children of the Most High God. Have a wonderful day.

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