Satan said a lot of stuff to Christ to try to tempt Him. Last time, we started to cover the beginning of Christ’s temptation and today we are going to finish it. There are some really interesting differences between Matthew and Luke especially.
Let’s dive in!
Today’s Reading: Matthew, 4:07-11 Mark 1:13, and Luke 4:05-13
Second/Third Temptation – Prove You’re The Son Of God
The second temptation in the book of Matthew says the devil took Him up into the holy city and set Him on the pinnacle of the temple. But this temptation is actually the third temptation in the book of Luke. Instead of the holy city, Luke clarifies it is Jerusalem.
Satan says that if Christ is the Son of God, He should throw Himself down because scripture says He gives His angels charge and they will lift Him up so He will not dash His foot against a stone.
The book of Matthew says Christ responds to him saying “It is written again, “You shall not tempt the Lord your God.”
Luke instead of saying the word “again” states “It has been written.” Not really a big deal, I find the little differences interesting 🙂 (Matt. 4:05-07 and Luke 4:09-12)
The book of Matthew states the devil “again” took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain. We did not see Christ sent at this mountain prior, though, it could be referring to Satan taking Christ somewhere, again. Which we have seen.
On this high mountain, Christ is shown all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. The book of Luke (verse 05 and 06) is a little interesting. It first adds that Christ is shown all of these things in a moment of time.
In Matthew, Satan says to Jesus that everything would be given to Him only if He would fall down (bow) and worship Satan.
Luke adds Satan said he would give all authority to Christ of these kingdoms and their glory for this was all delivered to him. That he can give this to whomever he desires.
To which, I imagine quite swiftly, Christ says (book of Matt.), “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, “You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.”
In the book of Luke, He says, “Get behind Me, Satan.” (Matthew 4:08-10, Luke 4:05-08)
Christ Ministered To & Satan’s Return?
The book of Matthew states that after Satan left the angels came and ministered to Christ. Mark also mentions the angels ministered to Him. But Luke interestingly states when the devil ended every temptation, he departed from Christ “until an opportune time.”
Which I feel is a big DUN DUN DUNNN! (Matthew 4:11, Mark 1:13, and Luke 4:13)
What To Take Away: It is vital we are aware of our weaknesses and therefore can pinpoint when we know something will tempt us BEFORE the temptation actually starts. If that means we have to give up being around certain people that encourage behavior, stop watching or listening to people/shows/music or books, if we have to get rid of particular behaviors completely, we must. Disciplining our flesh, and understanding we have authority over our bodies and our thoughts is needed. Knowing through Christ we can get through things we never once thought we could. It’s powerful.
I’m a living testimony ❤
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Monthly Scripture – (NIV) 2 Corinthians 4:02, “Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.”
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