Archive for July 4th, 2017

Luke 4

Luke 4 has Jesus filled with the Holy Spirit after being baptized in the Jordan by John the Baptist.  He has just made a very visible and public declaration of faith, and God made a very public statement about Jesus being His Son with whom He was well pleased.  The enemy loves to take on those who claim God as their own.  So Jesus spends 40 days in the desert “being tempted by the devil”.  Satan didn’t wait long to attack the humanity of Christ.  He immediately ‘threw the book at Him’ in regard to temptation.

Satan’s attack is predictable and continues to be the approach he uses today.   He went after Jesus in three areas that all man is susceptible in:

  1. command  this stone to become bread” – Satan attacks the lust of the flesh
  2. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours” – Satan attacks the pride of life
  3. throw yourself down from here” – Satan attacks the lust of the eyes

Scripture calls out these three areas of temptation that every one of us faces.  ““For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world”. (1 John 2:16).  Satan used all three to attack Jesus.  He put on a full court press to see if he could get the Son of God to falter in His humanness.

Jesus shows us how to deal with these temptations in exactly the same way all three times.  He simply replies “It is written”.  There is no debate.  No discussion.  No arguing about who has the most power or might.  Jesus merely replies to the temptation Satan offers with God’s Word.  That is our defense.  That is how we overcome the temptation of the enemy.  It isn’t about our power or ability or might.  It is about knowing God’s Word and using that as our defense.  Jesus could have called the angels to come to His aid.  He didn’t need them – He had God’s Word and that is sufficient to deal with temptation.

After Jesus defeats Satan and his temptations, He returns to Nazareth and teaches in the synagogue.  The people are amazed at His teaching.  But Jesus speaks truth about how prophets are never received well in their own town, and the people became angry.  “And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff”.  The crowd was angry and ready to kill Jesus, but God enabled Him to walk away and He continued with His ministry in other places.

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