The Temptation of Jesus, Pt. 5

And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed uno him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.  And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.  If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.

Luke 4:5-7

Satan is after worship.  It’s that simple.  It was his pride that caused his fall long ago.  It was the fact that he said he “would be like the most high.”  He wants to be worshipped and he wants to take worship away from the One Who actually deserves it.

In this temptation, the devil took Jesus to a mountain and “shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.”  I’m not exactly sure how that worked or what all was involved, but the implications are clear: the devil is the “king” of the world.  The devil was going to give Jesus all of these earthly kingdoms if He would only do one little thing: “worship me.”

We know that Jesus will one day rule and reign all of the kingdoms of the world.  But, at that time, it was not what God the Father wanted.  The devil tried to appeal to pride to get Jesus to sin by offering Him something.  If He would worship him.

Jesus did not bow His knee to the devil to worship him.  We should not bow our knee to the devil to worship him.  We should watch for these types of temptations in our lives.  The devil wants to tempt us with greed and desire for things that we do not have and that the Lord does not want us to have.  Allowing pride and greed into our lives is a way to worship the devil.  We don’t want that!

2 responses to this post.

  1. There was a really great warning in this, Ben. Thank you and God bless you as you worship only Him!

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