Him only shall you serve

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,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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