Shepherd Sayings January 18, 2018
The writer of Hebrews says, “Jesus was tempted in every way, just as we are, yet was without sin” (Hebrews 4:5). Luke says following Jesus’ baptism, He went to the desert, “Where for forty days he was tempted by the devil” (Luke 4:1-2). After forty days of going without food, Jesus was hungry, While He was hungry, the devil came with three temptations each designed to get Jesus to do something for himself that no other human could do. John Claypool says, “Temptation is always to be more than human or to be less than human”.
First, Jesus was tempted to use the Holy Spirit’s power for his personal benefit. The devil said, “If you are the son of God, turn these rocks into bread,” Obviously the “if” is designed to cause Jesus to do something for himself that no other human being could do for himself. Jesus met this temptation by saying, “It is written, “Man does not live by bread alone” (Deuteronomy 8:3).
Second, the devil baited Jesus to jump for instantaneous fame. The devil misquoted a Bible verse which said, “The angels will keep the Messiah from stubbing his toe” (Psalm 91:11-12). Therefore, “if” you are the Son of God, throw yourself form the top of the temple. When the angels catch you, everyone will see it and know you are the Savior. As always, the devil applied the Bible incorrectly. Jesus said to him, “It is, also, written do not put the Lord your God to the test” (Deuteronomy 6:19).
Third, the devil enticed Jesus to grab instant power by worshiping him. To worship the devil is to be less than the human being God intended one to be. The devil showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and said, “All of this I will give you if you will bow down and worship me” (Matthew 4:8-9). Jesus never disputed the devil’s claim to ownership of the world. Instead, he said, “It is written, worship the Lord your God and serve him only” (Deuteronomy 6:13).
Friends, in each temptation Jesus used Holy Scripture as his guide. In this New Year, each of need a Bible verse that shows God’s will for our lives and then build our lives on It Amen!