And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’ ” Luke 4:5-8
Not satisfied that Jesus rejected his first temptation Satan tries something different. Rather than appeal to Jesus’ immediate need Satan tries to tempt Jesus by giving Him an easy way out. Essentially Satan tells Jesus why wait just worship me and I will give you everything. He is telling Jesus no need to work for your goal and no need to suffer just give a little worship and it is done.
A couple of things wrong with Satan’s offer. First, he is offering Jesus something that is not his to give. This world is not Satan’s but God’s. God may have allowed Satan certain leeway here on earth but God also has Satan on a leash. Satan cannot do what he wants but is restrained by God. All we need do is look at Job to see that Satan needs God’s permission to act. Even then God limits what Satan can do. So, while Satan my indeed thing the earth is his, his power is limited and he cannot give away what never was his.
Second, as Jesus tells Satan we are commanded to worship God and God alone, Deuteronomy 6:13. Had Jesus worshiped Satan Jesus would have given Satan what he has desired from the beginning, equality with God. But even better for Satan it would have been God worshiping him not us mere mortals. But once again Jesus shows us that when we turn to God’s Word we always see how we should respond to temptation.
In our lives it can be a real temptation to take the easy way. We see this every day. Why work when you can steal. Why study when you can cheat. After all everyone is doing it so why shouldn’t we. Life is hard and we really deserve a break. However when we get things the easy way we do not appreciate them. And when we worship the wrong things we distance ourselves from God. We end up placing barriers between Him and us.
When we got things in their proper order and our first priority is God then the world makes sense. When we worship other gods nothing makes sense and all we are left with is an emptiness that can only be filled by the one true God.
Have a blessed day,