Of course Satan is determined to discover the credentials of Jesus as well. After all, Satan is not omniscient. Isaiah 9:6-7 clearly characterized th... Read more
Of course Satan is determined to discover the credentials of Jesus as well. After all, Satan is not omniscient. Isaiah 9:6-7 clearly characterized the nature of the Messiah:
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
So, I'm guessing this episode is Satan's attempt to see exactly what he's dealing with here: Is Jesus God in the flesh or not. If Jesus will succumb to temptation and sin (abandon his Messianic mission), then he is not the promised Messiah. You must keep in mind that Satan is not omniscient (nor omnipotent nor omnipresent). However, he does know the scripture and has talked with God...but he's not omniscient. Contrary to popular belief, he can't even read your thoughts. So Satan is using the conventional method of Messiah testing in this passage of scripture. RESULTS: Jesus is 100% Messiah, God in the flesh...and he won't perform any parlor tricks to obtain a big prize from Satan.
These temptations placed before Jesus follow forty days of fasting. It is worth noting that these forty days match those of Moses when he ascended to Mount Sinai in Exodus 24:12-18 . As a matter of fact, we are told in Deuteronomy 9:9 that Moses also fasted for these forty days and forty nights.
Despite being God in the flesh, Jesus quotes scripture as he combats the temptations of Satan:
Matthew 4:3-4 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Quoted from Deuteronomy 8:3
Matthew 4:5-7 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
Quoted from Deuteronomy 6:16
Matthew 4:8-10 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Quoted from Deuteronomy 10:20
It is interesting to note, however, that Satan himself quotes scripture in this verbal duel when he says in verse 6, "for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone." That's a quotation from Psalm 91:11-12 ; it just goes to show you, quoting scripture out of context is something that even Satan does. Read less
28 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble... Read more
28 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Read less
See Acts 9:26-31 and associated notes. Paul's initial resistance to Jesus' command was based on his history; it is reasonable to think that either he... Read more
See Acts 9:26-31 and associated notes. Paul's initial resistance to Jesus' command was based on his history; it is reasonable to think that either he hoped that his spectacular reversal of his course could not help but have an impact on those who knew how zealous he had been for traditional Judaism before – surely those who had known him would realize that only a revelation from God Himself would have changed his mind about the Christians – or he still struggled with guilt over his previous actions, which had been publicly witnessed, and now felt it was his duty to lead those to Christ whom he had previously led in evil deeds. But Jesus made it plain that it was not His intent to have Paul remain as a witness to his fellow Jews; instead, he was to carry the Gospel to the Gentiles across the Roman Empire.
Paul's audience had borne with him to this point, but at his statement that he had been divinely commanded to leave off witnessing to his own people and had been sent to the despised Gentiles instead, their prejudices took over; perhaps some remembered the teachings of Jesus Himself, that Gentiles would be given the privileges of the kingdom of God that faithless Jews would have taken from them (cf. Matthew 21:12-17, 22:1-14, and associated notes). This they could not brook – how dare this fellow claim that their God was concerned for Gentiles! – and they immediately began howling for Paul's execution. Read less
A person is only as good as his word. If he is true to his word, he can be trusted; if he is not, he cannot. It is as simple as that. God promised tha... Read more
A person is only as good as his word. If he is true to his word, he can be trusted; if he is not, he cannot. It is as simple as that. God promised that He would never destroy the earth with a flood again. He went even further by saying, "While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease" (based on Genesis 8:22). Then God set a rainbow in the sky as a sign of His promise.
For thousands of years, God has been true to His Word. We sometimes get discouraged during the tough times in life, because we tend to focus on our particular circumstances rather than the promises of God.
We must remember the rainbow. God is true to His Word. He can be trusted. Read less
Jacob's dream -- in which he sees the angels ascending and descending the ladder to heaven -- seems to be a turning point in his life. It appears to b... Read more
Jacob's dream -- in which he sees the angels ascending and descending the ladder to heaven -- seems to be a turning point in his life. It appears to be the point at which he receives a personal relationship with the Lord. Jacob's life after this encounter was not flawless. But God was able to use him in a central role to fulfill ancient promises.
So, too, we must have a personal relationship with God through Jesus, His Son, and our Savior, before we can experience the work of God in us and through us. Do you know Jesus personally? If not, why not receive Him as your Savior and Lord now? Read less
To understand the Lord's response to the people building the tower of Babel, consider the command God gave Noah and his descendants in Genesis 9:1: "S... Read more
To understand the Lord's response to the people building the tower of Babel, consider the command God gave Noah and his descendants in Genesis 9:1: "So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: 'Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.' "
In apparent disobedience, the people stayed in one place and began to build a monument to themselves. In response, God confused their languages and scattered the people over the face of the earth.
God deals with disobedience in different ways. Sometimes He lets us go our own way and suffer the natural consequences of our sin. At other times the issue is a major part of His program, and it cannot be ignored.
Disobedience always has a price, and in the end God always has His way. Obedience, then, while not always easy, is always wise. God always acts for the ultimate benefit of His children. Read less
There is an inseparable link between Christ and the church. In Acts 9:4 Jesus appears to Saul on the road to Damascus and asks, "Saul, Saul, why are y... Read more
There is an inseparable link between Christ and the church. In Acts 9:4 Jesus appears to Saul on the road to Damascus and asks, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?" Yet Saul had not persecuted Jesus; he had never even seen Jesus. However, because he was persecuting the church, Jesus rebuked Saul for persecuting Him. Again in 1 Corinthians 8 Paul teaches that if we sin against our brothers in Christ-wounding their consciences when they are weak-we sin against Christ. We must be cautious with our words and actions. Read less