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Matthew 4

September 10, 2009 Leave a comment

Matthew 4

Satan knows you. He knows your likes. He knows your dislikes. He knows what you were thinking before you fell asleep last night. He knows what makes you tick. He knows how to get you away from God. And he knows the Bible better than you do.

Scary, huh? This real account from the life of Jesus shows me how well tuned-in Satan is to our weaknesses. He knew where Jesus was at his weakest, and he hit him hard.

First, Satan tries to convince Jesus to turn a rock into bread. Doesn’t seem like a big deal does it? But Satan wants Jesus to do this to prove that he is the Son of God. He’s trying to get Jesus to question his identity.

Remember, he’s been without food for over a month. We say we’re “starving” when we skip lunch. To turn that rock into food would be to give into his selfish desires. It would be to honor himself by showing what kind of power he had and to get an easy meal instead of trusting God.

Jesus was physically and mentally weak, and I’m sure he thought, “Man, some bread sounds good. And, boy, I’d really like to show that devil what I can do!” But Jesus had spent the last 40 days alone with God, and was spiritually strong. His response came straight from “the mouth of God.”

So next, Satan tries a new approach. He still tries to get Jesus to question his identity. But he changes tactics after seeing Jesus quote Scripture. Satan uses the Bible to convince Jesus to base jump without a parachute. The Bible is our sword (Ephesians 6.17), and Satan is using it against us!

Again, Jesus was probably thinking, “That’s easy stuff. Pretty soon I’m going to walk on water, control the weather, and give life to a guy that’s been dead for four days. Flying is easy. I could do a lot more than this to show you who I am.”

But Jesus’ mission wasn’t to show how great he is. His mission was to save us from death. So again he quotes the Bible and tells Satan he will not test God.

Desperate, Satan tries one more temptation. He realizes that Jesus isn’t going to do anything to glorify himself. He knows that Jesus has come here to help the world.

So Satan proposes a deal with Jesus: “Bow down to me right now, and I’ll make you the king of every nation. Just think what you could do! If you were king of the world, everyone would follow you. Isn’t this what you want?”

But Jesus knew better. He wasn’t going to compromise. He could never worship Satan. And Jesus hadn’t come to force people to follow him. He’d come to rescue them. Again he uses God’s word to fend off the devil.

Satan wants to destroy you. Jesus says that Satan is a thief who has come to “steal, kill, and destroy” (John 10.10). He is on the attack. Are you prepared? I thank God that you are participating in this devotional. Spending time reading and meditating on God’s word will prepare you to fight off Satan’s attacks. I encourage you to continue to read the Bible and pray to God every day. The more time you spend with God, the easier it will be to fight the devil’s temptations.


Prayer for Today

Dear God, help me to be on my guard. Fill me with your strength and wisdom to face Satan’s attacks. Remove my selfish desires. I want to please you. Amen.


“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5.8