Saturday 21 June, 2014

Matthew 4:1-11

4 The Holy Spirit led Jesus into the desert. There the devil tempted him. 2 After 40 days and 40 nights of going without eating, Jesus was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him. He said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 4 Jesus answered, “It is written, ‘Man doesn’t live only on bread. He also lives on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Deuteronomy 8:3) 5 Then the devil took Jesus to the holy city. He had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. It is written, “‘The Lord will command his angels to take good care of you. They will lift you up in their hands. Then you won’t trip over a stone.’” (Psalm 91:11,12) 7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” (Deuteronomy 6:16) 8 Finally, the devil took Jesus to a very high mountain. He showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 “If you bow down and worship me,” he said, “I will give you all of this.” 10 Jesus said to him, “Get away from me, Satan! It is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God. He is the only one you should serve.’” (Deuteronomy 6:13) 11 Then the devil left Jesus. Angels came and took care of him.

No matter how many times I read this passage about Christ being tempted, I still struggle to some extent to grapple with the idea of the tension between Christ’s humanity and his divinity in respect to temptation.

Even though I feel like my ability to comprehend the complexity of what was going on is so limited, I am still so encouraged and amazed by this passage of scripture that demonstrates and describes what Hebrews 4 states: we do not worship a God who is unable to empathise with our weaknesses, but one who was tempted in every way, without sin.

God, fill us with Your scripture and Your Spirit, so that when we are tempted, we will have the right tools to resist and the source of power that we need to sustain that resistance.

Written by Ps. Justin Ware

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