The Devil Made Me Do It – Not (Part 5)

Matt 5:8-10; Luke 4:5-8.

Some offers just don’t have any shine to them.  The devil had run out of things to try to tempt Jesus with.  Now Satan took Jesus to the peak of a high mountain.  He tells Jesus that he’ll give Him rule over all of the kingdoms.  One can almost image what went through Jesus’ mind.  Er, Satan…don’t you remember that I created this world?  Don’t you remember that I created you?  How then can you tell Me that you’ll give me rule over this small portion of the world? No, seriously?  Is that all you have?  Scripture tells us that Jesus told him, “Get out of Here, Satan.”  One can almost image, in a comical NY voice, “Get outta here.  Go away boy you’re boddering me.”  Then Jesus gave Satan one more Scripture lesson.  This had to be a stab in Satan’s heart.  Jesus told him, “You must worship the Lord your God and serve only Him.”  These words must have hung in the air for some time.  This is the very reason Satan was kicked out of heaven!

Matt 5:11.  Satan had an audience with Jesus for 40 days (Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-2).  This shows us that evil can be in the presence of God.  As a believer, you have the Spirit of God inside you.  Satan and his demons will be in your presence seeking to deter you from walking in faith.  We must be like Jesus and banish those evil forces with the word of God. One other thing.  Luke 4:13 tell us that the devil didn’t pack up his bags and quit.  It says, “he left Him until the next opportunity came.”  Many years later the Apostle Peter talks about the devil.  He warned the believers to “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8 NIV)

This week…”Be alert and of sober mind.”  You must realize that Satan hasn’t taken a day off.  Neither should you!

This is part 5 of a 6 part series on Jesus’ encounter with Satan in the wilderness.  The majority of this text has been taken from my upcoming book, A Walk With Jesus Through Bible.


[1] Note:  Luke’ sequence of events and Matthew differ in order.  Some Theologican suggest that the two writers were emphasizing different aspects of the conflict.  Consequentially, their order differs.

 

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