Luke 4:3-4, 6, 8-12
3 And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”
4 But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’ ”
6 And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.
8 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”
9 Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you,’
10 and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ”
12 And Jesus answered and said to him, “It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ”
Most of us have in our mind a ‘disfigured, ugly face’ when we think of the Devil. But what if devil comes in a ‘very beautiful’ form to decieve us???
Sadly, this is what happens most of the time in our life. The devil tries to trick us in the most common ways, through matters we may not expect to be cheated. We wait for the ‘ugly face’ to trap us while we may realize it too late that the ‘beautiful face’ has already decieved us. It is beneficial to be in guard of the tricks of devil.
> Jesus was in a fast for forty days and the devil came to tempt Him. The devil naturally knew that Jesus was hungry at this point of time and the first temptation came in that form. The devil always try to catch hold of our weakness. At the right moment, when we are weak satan may come with his tricks.
> Jesus came as a saviour to save the mankind and to establish His kingdom forever. Here we see satan showing Jesus all the kingdom of the world in a moment of time and promises Him domain and glory at the expense of worshiping devil. Satan obviously knew the purpose of Jesus, the Messiah. He was in fact suggesting an ‘easy-shortcut-alternative’ to Jesus for achieving the same success. Most of the time, satan who is well aware of our plans tries to suggest some ‘easy-shortcut-alternatives’, so that we may deviate from the real path.
> In the third temptation we see a devil who tries to cheat using the word of God itself. An ‘internal temptation’ from the spiritual circle may be least thing expected, but satan can trick us even in that way. The last thing that we expect the devil to lay his hands on would be the ‘word of God’. But here we see that the devil was trying to misinterpret the verse from the bible. The devil knows the word of God well, may be even more than us. The devil is well aware of our church, worship, biblical doctrines etc and he may try to misinterpret them before us.
- At the time of weakness, Jesus was tempted but He was strengthened in the word of God and used it against the enemy.
- Jesus didn’t choose any ‘easy-shortcut-alternatives’ to achieve success, He was true in His path and purpose. He kept the commandments of God and did not deviate from them.
- Jesus did not let Himself to be tricked in ‘misinterpretations’. He did not obey devil and test God even when the ‘word of God’ was used to trick Him. Do not take everything to be granted as ‘from God’ but analyze whether your paths are obedient before the Lord and look out for the tricks.
Jesus was full of Holy Spirit and was spending His days in fasting and prayer during the period of temptation. The Holy Spirit will help us too in our temptations to overcome the tricks of the devil.
Pray more, Overcome the devil.
God bless you…