But what did Christ say? “Jesus answered him, ‘It is also written: Do not put the Lord your God to the test’” (Mt 4:7; Dt 6:16). Did you catch that? Jesus gave Satan a double whammy. First, Christ said that Satan should not even be testing him. Why? Because of the second point: Jesus Christ is Satan’s Lord and God. In other words, “Who are you, Satan, to be giving your Lord and God advice?” Smack. Ouch! Door in the face! Christ was saying that God’s way is always best and anyone else’s way – catch that: anyone else’s way – should not be followed. Jesus made up His mind that He would follow the way of God the Father. Only His way is the right way. It is just amazing to me how Jesus cuts to the heart of the matter so quickly – and decisively.
What about us? Do we do that? Or are we more like Eve. We ponder the temptation. We weigh it like it has equal merit to what God has already told us. No, Christ discarded it like day-old bread. He wasn’t going to do anything second rate. He was going to do it the right way – the best way. Let’s take notes on this one! But how can we know God’s way? We need to study Scripture. Just because we get quoted Scripture to us does not mean someone is telling us the right thing to do. Jesus knew Satan was taking Scripture out of context. Jesus quoted Scripture to put the conversation back on task. We need to study so we can discern Scripture correctly (2Tm 2:15). Christ gave us the example. Let’s follow.
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