Pastor Rich Terherst
Lighthouse Regional Church
Luke 4:9-11 Then the Devil took him to Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! 10 For the Scriptures say, ‘He orders his angels to protect and guard you. 11 And they will hold you with their hands to keep you from striking your foot on a stone.'”
Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here. For it is written:
‘He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you,’ and, ‘
In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’”
In the Luke account, the third temptation that the devil set before Jesus was “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here.” Prove it! I dare you!
Then the devil begins to quote scripture from Palms 91:11-12, promising angelic oversight and divine protection. You mean the devil knows the bible? Yes, but he twists the scriptures with deception for his own purposes.
In all three of these temptations, Jesus responded from the word of God in Deuteronomy. He was saying to the enemy:
- I don’t eat when you say ‘eat’ (Lust of the flesh).
- I don’t worship whom you say to worship. (Lust of the eyes).
- And I certainly don’t jump when you say jump (Pride of life, 1 John 2:16).
Jesus responded, that I only worship the Lord God and Him alone will I serve. I only move at His commands, not yours. I do nothing at your word, I only respond in obedience to the word of God.
May we follow the Lord’s example to refuse to yield to the devil or to our own pride. We move in obedience to one voice, the word of God.
Prayer: Father we thank you for your promise in 1 John 2:14, “you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one.” In Jesus’ name, amen.