Sunday: 10th March, 2019
Reference text: Luke 4:1-13
This is what impressed on my heart today: to recreate the scenes of the temptations of Jesus in a way that gives some idea of how the enemy tries to take advantage of our weaknesses and even the word of God to gain an advantage over us. But glory be to God that we are not ignorant of his devices.
[First attempt by the devil]
‘Look here my friend, I want to offer you an opportunity to put your gifts into use; a real chance for you to show the whole world what power you have. I believe in you and I know you can change this stone to bread. Why don’t you give it a shot? Besides it’s a win-win: you get food and you hone your powers’
[Jesus’ 1st response]
“that sounds like a good plan, but I will pass because the word of God carries more weight than ordinary bread. And as for the honing of my gifts, there will be time for that.”
‘Okay, how about this: you see all the nations of the world, their wealth and their power- I’m in charge of them all and can turn them over to whomever I wish. They will be yours in all their splendor to serve your pleasure. Just worship me, acknowledge my might and I will hand these over to you’
[Jesus’ 2nd response]
“Would you just stop blabbering on? All the wealth of the world? They may have been given to you, but I prefer to offer my worship solely to the one who created them and accorded the nations their splendour and wealth, not you a mere custodian”
‘I had a look at those Words which are so precious to you and there is a part that says’ He will ask the angels to watch over you and your feet will not even hit a stone’. So if you claim you believe those words, why don’t we confirm by having you jump off from this height? Unless you really do not believe the Word of God as it is written?
[Jesus’ 3rd response]
“Nice going there. So you really know how to take the word of God out of context don’t you because that isn’t what that means. And besides, I have no intention of doing as you say just to prove my belief in God’s word. There are other ways to do this. But nice try anyway.
[That completed the temptation. The Devil retreated temporarily, lying in wait for another opportunity]
So my dear ‘Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith (1 Peter 5:8,9a)