The Temptation of Jesus, Pt. 7

And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence:  For it is written, he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Luke 4:9-11

In this temptation, the devil tempts Jesus to leap off of a pinnacle on the temple.  The devil knew that God would send His angels to help Jesus and protect Him.  In fact, the devil even tried to quote Jesus some Scripture from Psalm 91:11-12:  “For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.  They shall bear thee up in thy hands, lest thou dast thy foot against a stone.”  Of course the devil misquoted the Scripture, leaving out part of it, which is yet another one of his tactics that we need to be on guard against.

Sometimes the devil tempts us with Scripture.  Unfortunately, he doesn’t give us the full verse or the full context.  Many Christians have been deceived by this tactic.  One example of this is in the area of Christian liberty.  As Christians, we are free from the curse of the law.  The books of Romans and Galatians make that abundantly clear and that is a wonderful thing.  But the devil tries to get us to use that liberty in Christ to fulfill our own lusts.  He tries to get us to sin, and then use the excuse that “we should not judge” and that “we are free in Christ.”  We certainly are free in Christ, but we should never think that we are free to do whatever we feel like doing.

Satan is very smart and subtle with his temptations.  We must be on guard for the times he uses even the words of the Bible to tempt us.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks Ben, for such good warnings from this verse. God bless you and yours!

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