We continue this story about the tribulation and testing of Jesus in the wilderness today.
Matthew 4:5-7 says this:
“Then the accuser transported Jesus to the holy city of Jerusalem and perched him at the highest point[a] of the temple 6 and said to him, “If you’re really God’s Son, jump, and the angels will catch you. For it is written in the Scriptures: He will command his angels to protect you and they will lift you up so that you won’t even bruise your foot on a rock.” Once again Jesus said to him, “The Scriptures say: You must never put the Lord your God to a test.”
Jesus once again quoting from the Scriptures that He had read growing up. He quotes from Psalm 91:
God sends angels with special orders to protect you wherever you go,
defending you from all harm. If you walk into a trap, they’ll be there for you and keep you from stumbling.
And Deuteronomy 6:16:
“Do not put the Lord your God to the test as you did at Massah.”
Every test that He was put to He was able to defend with Scripture. Interesting point….let’s go on.
The notes on these verses in the Passion Bible are as follows:
This was a temptation to capitalize on being the Son of God and to force God to protect him as he jumped. Jesus was being tested over restraining his power as the Anointed One and waiting until the timing of the Father in publicly releasing him to work miracles and display his power. he was not sent to throw himself down from the temple, but to throw down the temple and establish a new order of worship-as a true relationship with God is internal with every believer now becoming the temple of God. (1 Cor 3:16, 6:19)
Our bodies are temples. Do we treat them as such?
Here are the verses from 1 Corinthians 3:16-17:
Don’t you realize that together you have become God’s inner sanctuary and that the Spirit of God makes his permanent home in you? Now, if someone desecrates God’s inner sanctuary, God will desecrate him, for God’s inner sanctuary is holy, and that is exactly who you are.
A bunch of us are reading through the Bible right now. At this point most of us are through reading Leviticus. It was a tough read but…you have to admire how intense the rules and instructions were surrounding the Tabernacle and God’s presence there.
Kind of like what we’re experiencing here. Our bodies are the temples of God. Pure minds, pure hearts, pure souls. We can only remain that way with a daily conversation and walk with God.