June 20, 2018
Matthew 4:5… Then the Devil took him to the holy city and set Him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, “He will command His angels concerning you” and “On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.”
This morning, I noticed something that I apparently just read over before. That is the power of God’s word… it speaks to us daily. The part I am speaking of is, “The Devil took Him…” Jesus never sinned so, apparently, going with the Devil was not a sin. Have you ever found yourself in an emotional state and sometimes even a physical place, and thought, “How did I get here?” Could it be that the Devil leads us to places we would not normally go, so that he can tempt us? And notice also that the temptation is specific to the spot the Devil led him. He leads us to places that the temptation will be most difficult to resist. Nice guy, huh? In this section of scripture we see the Devil tempting Jesus. This particular temptation does not seem to be asking for a sin. It is subtle. The sin is responding to the Devil.
Psalms 91:11-12… For He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.
The Devil quoted scripture to Jesus. This gives us a new priority when studying scripture. We need the Holy Spirit to interpret for us. Here is an example: John 3:16…For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
This verse is used by many to explain the gospel. I am not arguing, but I ask you, “Who is the scripture about?” God… Jesus… whosoever… love… It is about all of the above, but in terms of priority, it is about God, His love, Jesus, and whosoever. When we prioritize ‘whosoever’, we move God to a position of servant. Jesus knew that the Devil had quoted scripture to Him but He also knew that the whole counsel of the Bible was not being properly considered. Jesus said the Holy Spirit would guide us into all truth. Why would we need a guide when we have the Bible? interpretation can mislead us.