Estelle and Robert: To Know Him

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Chapter 6 (v.1) - Tempted in Like Manner

Submitted: July 14, 2019

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Immediately after His baptism, having fasted forty days, Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, hungry, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. It was a time of solitude, and when isolated, it makes us vulnerable to enemy attacks. Jesus, as was told later in the Scriptures, was tempted in every situation like unto us, but did not sin. Here, He was to give an example to the believers to come, the ones that were His, marked as His own from the foundation of the world.

The enemy cast scaly eyes at the young man before him. So this was He who was promised from the garden where the humans God so loved fell prey to his trap. The Savior, in flesh. He who would crush his head. He who would give His lifeblood to redeem the unworthy. He who even after the great betrayal did not hesitate to offer the solution, His life for theirs.

It was not as if he didn't know the prophecies, but he was not about to go down without a fight. How would that look? He was a troublemaker, evil and wicked from the moment he was cast down from heaven. Flesh... what an interesting concept the Creator had thought of. Could it be that it made Him vulnerable? He was more than familiar with how to use the flesh against the soul, a battle he often won. Could things possibly be reversed? Maybe a chance that his fate would not be sealed? It was worth a shot, the tempter lulled in his thoughts, sidling up.

"If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread!"

Food is a great temptation. When hunger gnaws, how many will give their soul for a tiny morsel! Esau did, for a bowl of Jacob's lentil pottage. Fool, Satan snorkeled, the scales around his Adam's apple bouncing with glee.

Fool, Satan snorkeled, the scales around his Adam's apple bouncing with glee

Jesus had been expecting him. He shook His head sadly. The soul was worth more than food and raiment. Besides, all power was His! Every creation was His! He was able to provide. But the Scripture must need be fulfilled. Fight the attacks with Scripture. It wasn't a fight against flesh and blood but spiritual wickedness. This type of warfare His people would go through could only be fought with Spiritual. His Word, their sword. "It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God."

Maybe it was too easy. He was dealing with God. Still, he was surprised that it hadn't even put a shadow of a frown on the Lord's face. And the devil, taking him up into a high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment, present and future. All that glitters. Even he was proud to be named Prince of this world, at least temporarily, a smile slipping over his drawn features. And the devil said unto him, "All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever, I will I give it. If thou, therefore, wilt worship me, all shall be thine."

It was a great shot. Stuff. The goods of the world were his domain. Sparkly, exciting, intriguing, ensnaring... who would willingly give up claims to it for simple faith? How many he had cast down with this very thing. Achan, Saul, and Gehazi had fallen for the rewards of this earth. They surely found out now that it was merely temporary. Too little, too late. Sometimes it was little, sometimes it was great amounts. Hell was filling, that's all that mattered. If he lost his chance at heaven, no one else would go untroubled. His aim? Steal, kill, destroy. It wasn't a bad job.

And Jesus answered and said unto him, "Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve!"


The tempter sniveled, this wasn't as simple as he thought. But he wasn't about to give up, resorting to bringing him to Jerusalem, and setting him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, "If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone."

Jerusalem was the place that God Himself had put His Name upon. Wouldn't it be a shame, he snorkeled, if the Savior splattered right there. He had no shame.


God was eternal.

Even he knew that.

But perhaps a tiny seed of doubt here, and a "what if" there...

This was usually the hook line and sinker. Doubt a powerful tool.

And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, "Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God."

With a stream of blasphemy and curses, the devil ended all the temptations, departing for a season as the angels came and ministered unto Jesus.


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