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Temptation 2 – Test God | Matthew 4:5-7

5 Then the devil took Him into the holy city [Jerusalem] and placed Him on the pinnacle (highest point) of the temple. 6 And he said [mockingly] to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written,

‘He will command His angels concerning You [to serve, care for, protect and watch over You]’;

and

‘They will lift you up on their hands,
So that You will not strike Your foot against a stone.’”

7 Jesus said to him, “On the other hand, it is written and forever remains written, ‘You shall not test the Lord your God.’”

Matthew 4:5-7 (AMP)

Temptation progress

Jesus resisted the Devil’s first temptation using the Word of God and highlighting its primary role in our lives. It’s now time for the second temptation from the Devil.

Temptation 2 – Test God

The Devil comes at Jesus again by questioning who He is, what the truth is. He puts Jesus in a place of danger and tempts Him to test if the Father will really protect Him, to see if the Father will His love and protect Him as the Son. 

To add power to the temptation, the Devil even quotes the Word of God (Psalm 91:11-12). Jesus had just shut down the Devil’s first temptation by showing the importance of the Word of God. So the Devil uses the Word to justify the test.

Response to Satan

How does Jesus respond to Satan this time? He demonstrates a proper understanding and application of the Word of God. Yes, Satan used the Bible, but he actually misused it; he quoted it out of its context. Reading and studying Bible verses and passages in context is one key element of proper Bible interpretation

RЯeflection

  • It’s important to note that, “The devil’s suggestion was of an artificially created crisis, not of trusting God in the situations which result from obedient service.” (enduringword.com quoting France)
  • Also important to note is that the Devil mis-applied the Bible. Believers need to carefully study what they hear from the world and even preachers to see if it aligns with the Bible. We need to be like the Bereans (Acts 17:10-15), who personally studied the Word and compared it to Paul’s teaching. We need to practice proper Bible interpretation.
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