The Temptation of Jesus, Pt. 6

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.  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. 

Luke 4:5-8

The devil here tempted Jesus by offering Him the kingdoms of the world, if He would just “worship me.”  Of course Jesus did not worship the devil, and, like the first temptation, He responded to this temptation with the Word of God: “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”  The Bible tells us that the only One worthy of worship is the Lord.  The devil is not worthy of worship and we, as humans are not worthy of worship.  Not even the angels in Heaven are worthy of worship.  We are to serve the Lord and Him only.

Jesus knew this and the devil knew this.  But that has always been the game of Satan.  He wants and demands worship.  And if he can’t get that worship, he wants to do his best to keep the true God from getting it.  He seems to have the attitude that “if I can’t have it, I don’t want God to have it either.”  Sometimes he is successful in getting people to actually worship him.  But far more often, he is successful in getting people to focus on themselves and the things of this world, thereby taking worship and glory away from the Lord God.

Let us make sure that we are giving the devil nothing.  We will, like Jesus said, “worship the Lord thy God…”

2 responses to this post.

  1. “. . .he is successful in getting people to focus on themselves and the things of this world, thereby taking worship and glory away from the Lord God.” This really hit me Ben. Thank you for opening my eyes a little wider today. God bless you and yours as you worship Jesus Alone.

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