The last part of this story on the testing of Jesus takes us to Matthew 4:8-11:
“And the third time the accuser lifted Jesus up into a very high mountain range and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and all the splendor that goes with it. “All of these kingdoms I will give to you,” the accuser said, “if only you will kneel down before me and worship me.” But Jesus said, “Go away, enemy! For the Scriptures say: Kneel before the Lord your God and worship only him.” At once the accuser left him, and angels suddenly gathered around Jesus to minister to his needs.”
Jesus once again quotes Scripture. This time from Deuteronomy 6:13-16:
Fear the Lord your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name. Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you; for the Lord your God, who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you, and he will destroy you from the face of the land. Do not put the Lord your God to the test as you did at Massah.
Satan tempts Jesus with food, then tempts him to test God’s word and then finally tries to appeal to his ego in offering him all the lands that he can see.
It’s an interesting progression as he starts with a very small temptation and end with one of the largest available. Trying to appeal to Jesus’ appetite at first and then trying to appeal to his ego, the “quest for power” by the end. It all sounds so very human. But Satan wasn’t dealing with any ordinary human. He was dealing with the Son of God. The all powerful and almighty.
Each day we are tempted. We are drawn to things that pull us away from God. Our defense against this is the same as Jesus’. We have God in and around us each and every day helping us fight off these temptations.
Today. Be sure to bring God into the situation.