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:) Jesus Faced Temptation

Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins

Scripture tells us that after his baptism, Jesus was led out into the wilderness for forty days where he was tempted by Satan.  This is the story we are looking at today. I chose the version of this story from Luke 4:1-14, NIV (New International Version).

1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 where for forty days he was tempted[a] by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them, he was hungry.

3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”

4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’[b]

5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7 If you worship me, it will all be yours.”

8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’[c]

9 The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. 10 For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[d]

12 Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’[e]

13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time. –

  • — Luke 4:1-13 NIV (New International Version)
    • Access: from Bible Gateway.com

We all find ourselves in a spiritual wilderness at times when we are forced to answer the hard questions.  Do we trust God to provide for us? Do we worship the gods of this world, money and power or do we worship God?  Do we sometimes test God because we do not trust his provision?

I must confess that I do not always pass these tests when presented to me in my life. I worry about lack, not having enough to survive.  I sometimes find myself starting to get sucked into the worldly quest for money and power.

That is why it is so important for us to read the Gospels.  To once again hear the words of Jesus because we all know that as in this story, and in our lives today, temptation doesn’t go away because we resist it once. It will wait “until an opportune time” and try again.

So as we look at the life and words of Jesus who came to be the great example not the great exception we are each called to turn within and ask ourselves those hard questions.  Who or what do I trust? Who or what do I serve? God? Or the wealth, power or political, social and religious leaders of this world?

 

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Question to Ponder

In what ways are you tempted by wealth and power?

I Love the Universe!

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

Todays blog title is what Bob said after we shared our stories of provision with each other.  I started by saying I love when the Universe provides and does it with a sense of humor.  My grocery trip this month was delayed and I was running out of gluten-free flour.  Then yesterday in my email was notification that I had won a drawing for a Better Batter sampler pack.  Better Batter products are of course gluten-free baking mixes and flours.  Need not only met, but met in a way that made me laugh.

As he listened to mine, Bob could hardly wait to share his story.  When he got up in the middle of the night he saw in his Kindle stats that he had given away exactly 12 copies of Revealed Vol. 2.  We had both been discouraged by the lack of interest in the Revealed series.  The number of books being given away the first day being exactly 12 — the number of the Apostles — gave Bob encouragement that even though he does not know the plan, things are going as they should.

After I shared my story Bob asked circumstance or miracle?  When I said it seemed almost sacrilegious to call something so small and rather trivial a miracle of course his response was….  Why?  God/the Universe does provide.  That’s not just a nice saying — its reality.   Provision happens in the small things as well as the big ones.  Sometimes it even makes us laugh.