Get Behind Me

The Temptation of Jesus (Mark 1:12-13, Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 4:1-13)

This is pretty well known story. Jesus fasts for forty days and nights and the devil tempts Him three times.

There’s a few important things to note with this passage. The first thing that jumped out at me was that the devil used scripture too. He used scripture against Jesus.

Let that sink in.

I think that relates to today a lot. People misquote the Bible, use verses out of context (which ALWAYS bad) or just misuse it. And that’s dangerous. I try to be careful about doing that myself.

The devil is smart, unfortunately for us. He will use what we trust against us.

So, what Jesus did was counter him with more scripture. Jesus knew the Word and that is how he stayed away from temptation.

Also, Jesus was not passive. He did not shy away from the challenge that Satan presented. He was authoritative in His use of scripture.

We need to use the Bible more, guys. That should always be our first  resort, not the last. I need to get better about that.

Any thoughts on the Temptation?

2 thoughts on “Get Behind Me

  1. Jesus shows us here that it is NOT a sin to be tempted. There is NO NEED to agonize over every stray sinful thought. Of course we ultimately have a responsibility to keep our thoughts in check and to continue to work toward getting better at that, but simply being tempted is not a sin.

    Frankly, this is one of the dangers of “the Bible alone.” Without any external guidance, context, or authority, the Bible is so often misused.


    • I don’t see any indication that she is saying it is a sin to face temptation. We all face temptations every day. That is satan’s goal. And I disagree that we shouldn’t worry about our thoughts. Controlling our thoughts is crucial.
      2Co 10:5
      We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and TAKE EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE TO OBEY CHRIST

      Every thought. That is pretty clear. The Bible stands alone. There isn’t need for another authority and external guidance can just as easily lead you astray. False prophets are a real danger.


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