Get Out Your #2 Pencils

Posted: April 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

This blog was previously published but re-written for a teen audience.

We all know what that means…a test. I don’t know about you, the only test I like is an open book test. Those are always easy for me, because the answers are right in front of me. It’s a no brainer.

In Matthew Chapter 4 we see that Jesus was tested as well. “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the DEVIL . After fasting for 40 days and 40 nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” (Matthew4: 1-3)

Time To Bake The Bread

I don’t know about you but I’d be putting on an apron and making me some bread. But not Jesus. He knew the right answer. If you were paying attention yesterday, so do you.

Jesus answered, “It is written; ‘Man does not live by bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it written: “He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'”

I’d be like, in your face Satan and I’d swan dive into the angels arms.

But not Jesus. Again he knew the right answer.

Jesus answered him, “It is written: “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'”

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I give to you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

Jesus had enough of Satan’s nonsense.

Jesus said to him, “Away from me Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve only him.””

Then the devil left him and the angels came and attended him.

Method To His Madness

The devil did not come to Jesus in his moment of strenght. When Jesus was being baptized and his Father, God was praising him. When the Holy Spirit was floating down on him like a dove.

The devil knew he had no chance of getting Jesus to sin. Satan knew Jesus would not fall for his tricks. Not when he was so close to the Father. He waited for Jesus to be at his weakest moment, his lowest period in his life.

It’s also important to note that when Satan was tempting Jesus, he was using scripture. He know the word of God better than most of us. He has fooled many people with this technique.

Satan Means Well Right?

Just imagine if you had not eaten for 40 days and 40 nights, we can’t even go 40 minutes sometimes, without snacking. Imagine roaming around in the heat of the barren, hostile desert without food for over a month. Your body, frail and exhausted, every step a monumental effort. Your mind unable to think straight. Your laser focus; GET FOOD NOW!

That’s when Chef Satan makes his move. That’s when he puts out the spread, the all you can eat buffet. Prime rib, mashed potatoes and gravy, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, baked lasagna, and roast beef. Just the smell of the savory aroma causes you to salivate. And what’s this? An entire table of cakes and pies.

You would do anything to devour this delectable smorgasbord of awesomeness. I’m getting hungry just writing about it and I just had lunch 20 minutes ago.

This is when Satan knows he has a chance of snaring you. When you are weak and starving, craving sustance, broken and alone. He will bring all the things YOU think YOU need to restore yourself.

How can this be bad, right? It’s only food. It looks amazing and smells so good and you are starving. Satan is just trying to help…right? Maybe he ain’t so bad after all. People have just misunderstood him. They’ve been misinformed.

Before you know it, you’re caught up in his trap. Only after you have put your trust in him, do you find the food is rotting and full of maggots.

How was Jesus able to resist the temptations? How come he did not fall for it? Jesus did not fall into Satan’s trap because he was close to the Father through His word. Jesus used scripture to counter Satan’s attack. Jesus had hidden the Word in his heart. To him, it was an open book test. He had memorized the answers. A test is always easier when you are prepared. Remember a test is not meant to teach you something, it’s to see what  you’ve already learned.

Study to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

(2 Timothy 2:15)

  1. I thought this was wonderful.

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