First we should note that these three temptations are similar in type to how Satan tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden. Satan appealed to physical need, pride and/or desire, and emotional need. That is, she saw that the fruit on the Tree or Knowledge of Good and Evil was good for food (physical need), pleasing to the eye (desire), and good for making one wise (emotional need). Satan did the same with Christ. However, we know that Eve failed miserably but Christ was successful. We will examine the difference in how each responded to their temptation.
I think if we really think about the temptations that come our way, they will tend to fall into these three categories. If we look at how each responded to these temptations maybe that will help us to be more successful. Odds are that we will tend to fall on the side of Eve more often; yet, we can potentially have more successes if we know the tactics Satan is using.
The other thing to note is that although the category of temptation may be similar between the two (and among us), we will see that the actual temptations were tailored for each individual. Satan knows that each person has different weaknesses. Therefore, what is a temptation to one person has absolutely no effect on another. I think that is another game that Satan plays with us and sets a snare for us. Many times we see someone fall big time due to a certain temptation and we think, “Wow, he sure is weak,” and this sets us up to fall into our pride. Satan then gets a double run with a single hit. We need to be on guard for such things. We need to remember that everyone is struggling with something. Just because it is not the same as you, does not make it any less “big” for the person struggling with it.
This is a reminder that we should bear one another burdens and lift each other up – both with encouragement and with prayer. We can all be more effective if we feel and know that we are not struggling alone. Let’s be the biggest advocate for our fellow Christians as we can be.
Next time we will look at the first temptation that Satan extended to Christ and appealed to his physical need.
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