Tempting God


You will be tempted.      There is no “you might be” in that statement; you will be tempted.    The devil will tempt you because he knows you are vulnerable.    And Jesus knew you would be tempted.   He told us to pray about that; knowing that we would be apt to yield to temptation, we should ask to be kept away from it.

Here is what He told us to pray:      And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: Matthew 6:13 (KJV)

Jesus knew something about that temptation thing.     The devil actually tried to tempt Jesus, the virtual Godin-the-flesh.     If God will tempt the “Emmanuel” … God with us … why would he hesitate with you or me?     You and I are flesh and blood without the perfection of the Son of God.   Yet Satan thought he might be able to tempt the very One who created men and angels, including Satan.

BTEMPLE MOUNTut Jesus answered Satan with a line that even the devil was not anticipating.    Here is what happened between Jesus and Satan:

And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set 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.
And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Luke 4:9-12 (KJV)

Did you catch that last part?     Most people look at this as a statement that Jesus would be tempting His Father in Heaven if He were to plunge Himself off the temple mount with the expectation that God would catch Him mid-air.     Was Jesus not answering Satan with a question of this nature:

… For God is not tempted by evil, and He Himself doesn’t tempt anyone. James 1:13 (HCSB)

Satan made the error of trying to tempt Jesus ….  the Son of God …. the very essence of God … the fullness of the Godhead …. to sin.     You cannot tempt God to sin ….  And Satan erred by trying.

If Satan will try to tempt God to sin …. Will he not throw all he has at you?     Pray…. “And lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from evil.”

About Keith A. Rothra

Keith serves as pastor of Judson Community Baptist Church in Longview, Texas, and teaches political science at LeTourneau University and Kilgore College. He and his wife, Barbara, have two children and six grandchildren.

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