Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 16, 2018

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 4:1-13.

“Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led around by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil.  And He ate nothing during those days, and when they had ended, He became hungry.  And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”  And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE.’”

And he led Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.  And the devil said to Him, “I will give You all this domain and its glory;  for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.  Therefore if You worship before me, it shall all be Yours.”  Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD AND SERVE HIM ONLY.’”

And he led Him to Jerusalem and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here;  for it is written,

‘HE WILL COMMAND HIS ANGELS CONCERNING YOU TO GUARD YOU,’

and,

‘ON THEIR HANDS THEY WILL BEAR YOU UP,
SO THAT YOU WILL NOT STRIKE YOUR FOOT AGAINST A STONE.’”

And Jesus answered and said to him, “It is said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT PUT THE LORD YOUR GOD TO THE TEST.’”

When the devil had finished every temptation, he left Him until an opportune time.”  Luke 4:1-13.

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Jesus answered every temptation with God’s Word.  So, it is important for us to know and wisely apply God’s Word to resist temptations.

Jesus knew not only the few words, “MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE”, but Jesus also knew the context of the verses that He quoted.  The context was very similar to the temptation that He faced.  “You shall remember all the way which the LORD your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.  He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.”  Deuteronomy 8:2-3.

Jesus knew that his experience of hunger in the wilderness was experienced by those before him, and yet God expected and commanded His people to still live by His words and obey His commandments.

Jesus knew not only the few words, “YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD AND SERVE HIM ONLY”, but Jesus also knew the context of the verses that He quoted.  The context was similar to the temptation that He faced.  “Then it shall come about when the LORD your God brings you into the land which He swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you, great and splendid cities which you did not build, and houses full of all good things which you did not fill, and hewn cisterns which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant, and you eat and are satisfied, then watch yourself, that you do not forget the LORD who brought you from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.  You shall fear only the LORD your God;  and you shall worship Him and swear by His name.  You shall not follow other gods, any of the gods of the peoples who surround you, for the LORD your God in the midst of you is a jealous God; otherwise the anger of the LORD your God will be kindled against you, and He will wipe you off the face of the earth.”  Deuteronomy 6:10-15.

Jesus knew that God warned His people to not be captivated by great and splendid cities and kingdoms so as to forget God and worship other gods.

Jesus knew not only the few words, “YOU SHALL NOT PUT THE LORD YOUR GOD TO THE TEST”, but Jesus also knew the context of the verses that He quoted.  “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test, as you tested Him at Massah.”  Deuteronomy 6:16.

Jesus knew the event at Massah.  “Therefore the people quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water that we may drink.”  And Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me?  Why do you test the Lord?”  But the people thirsted there for water;  and they grumbled against Moses and said, “Why, now, have you brought us up from Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?”  …  He named the place Massah and Meribah because of the quarrel of the sons of Israel, and because they tested the LORD, saying, “Is the LORD among us, or not?”  Exodus 17:2-3 and 7.

When we wonder:  “Is the LORD among us, or not?”, it leads us to test God to try to find out.  Rather than trusting God, we question God, question His favor and blessings on us, and question His Word.

Jesus was hungry and in the wilderness and tempted, but Jesus did not wonder if God was with Him.  Jesus did not test God.

Jesus knew the severe result of testing God.  God’s Word helped Him again to resist temptation.

“8 Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
As in the day of Massah in the wilderness,
9 “When your fathers tested Me,
They tried Me, though they had seen My work.
10 “For forty years I loathed that generation,
And said they are a people who err in their heart,
And they do not know My ways.
11 “Therefore I swore in My anger,
Truly they shall not enter into My rest.”  Psalm 95:8-11.

In summary, Jesus knew that the temptations that He was experiencing was common to man but could be overcome.  “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man;  and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”  1 Corinthians 10:13.

Notice how the devil himself used God’s Word to tempt Jesus in verses 10 and 11, but it was only a partial quote to use it for His devious and wicked purposes.  So, it is not sufficient for us to hear a quote from God’s Word.  We should not yield to temptation just because the temptation is apparently justified by a quote from God’s Word.  Every preacher and teacher has a quote from Scripture to justify his teaching.

We need to know all of Scripture and to handle it accurately.  “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.”  2 Timothy 2:15.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.  Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.  Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE;  in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”  Ephesians 6:10-17.


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