1/11/15 Temptation: Take 3…and Fail

Again, Satan is disappointed at another failed attempt.  But he feels like if he gives it one more try, this time he may succeed.  And besides, if he gives up this easily, he will never forgive himself.  So, when he thinks Jesus is vulnerable to another attack, he comes over to him and tries again.  He takes Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem, and they stand on the very top, looking out over the Holy City.  He says, “You are the Son of God, right?  The Messiah?  Well, You keep telling me what the Word of God says.  I know what it says too.  There is a scripture that says, ‘He shall give His angels charge over You, to keep you and to bear You up in their hands, lest You dash Your foot against a stone.’  So why don’t You try it and see if it’s true?  Jump from here, and show the world who You are, as the angels come and catch You.”  Jesus, once again, is prepared with an answer from the scriptures.  He replies, “You know the scriptures, as you have said.  But you only use those that you think you can twist to work in your favor.  God’s Word tells us, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’  Now, leave me alone!  You will not win.”  So Satan leaves Him, knowing that he will need to find another way to defeat Jesus.  He is not willing to concede yet.  And after Satan leaves, angels come and take care of Jesus.

Luke 4:9-13, Psalm 91:11-12, Deuteronomy 6:16

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