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?