Again in Matthew 4, Jesus had his final test against Satan in the wilderness. The Evil One took Jesus to the top of a very high mountain. They looked out over all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. The devil then said to Jesus,
“All these things will I give you, if you will go down on your face and give me worship.”
We learn from this two things: first, that the devil actually has power on earth to be able to offer the world to Jesus. Second, that he is depravedly arrogant to think that he could get Jesus to bow and worship him.
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Still in Matthew 4, Jesus was in the wilderness being tested by the devil. The devil took him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of Herod’s temple, which stood on the Temple Mount. The devil said to Jesus,
“If you are the Son of God throw yourself down. For it is written, [God] will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”
It’s interesting to note that the devil knows what is written in the Bible and one of his tactics to lead people astray is to twist the intent of the God’s words against us.
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In Matthew 4 the story is told how Jesus felt the Holy Spirit urge him to go into the wilderness where he fasted for 40 days in preparation for a testing of the devil. Then the devil came to him in his very human state of hunger and weakness saying, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
Jesus answered, “It is written: Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
This temptation occurred at the start of Jesus’ ministry. Since Jesus could have certainly turned the stones into bread as the devil suggested, or had a thousand angels come to his aide with whatever food he wanted, what is really going on in these verses? Why doesn’t Jesus make himself something to eat and be done with his fast?
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The first passage of the New Testament that tells us what God’s will is for our lives is the following:
Let your hearts be turned from sin; for the kingdom of heaven is near.
Breaking this simple statement apart, there are three things we want to know about his Will.
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