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Daily Reading: 1st July 2016

Matthew 4.5-7

5 Then the devil, taking Him into the holy city, stood Him on the parapet of the temple.

6 He said (says) to Him: “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it has been written that He will command His angels about You that on their hands they will hold You up, in case You should strike Your foot against a stone.”

7 Jesus said to him: “Again it has been written: “You shall not tempt the Lord your God.””

For a second time the devil uses the word ‘if’ to try and get Jesus to doubt who He is.

This is one of the constant temptations with which believers in Jesus are subjected to. The devil tries to get us to doubt out identity in Jesus as sons and daughters of the Father. It is one that we must resist.

Allowing the word ‘if’ to have a foothold in our spirit will raise up doubts as to who we are in Jesus and what He has called us to.

We have seen how Jesus resisted the devils first temptation by quoting a verse from the Old Testament.

The devil tries the same thing in that he uses the word of God to try and get Jesus to miss-handle the word of God.

He quotes from Psalm 91.11-12:

[11] For He orders His angels to protect You wherever You go.

[12] They will hold You with their hands to keep You from striking Your foot on a stone – (NLT).

This is a tremendous promise that the Father gives to His Son, Jesus. It was spoken many centuries before Jesus came into the world, and it is generally accepted to be a prophecy concerning the Messiah, Jesus.

The devil’s temptation is to try and get Jesus to test His Father by throwing Himself from the parapet of the temple. This would be like us jumping off a cliff and expecting God to prevent us from coming to any harm. It would be to try and see if God will do what He has said in His word.

However, immediately Jesus knew that this was testing His Father.

The promise of the Father is for His protection from harm, but not to protect us if we deliberately put ourselves in harms way. That would put God to the test.

Jesus gave the reply by again quoting the word of God from Deuteronomy 6.16:

Do not test the LORD your God as you did when you complained at Massah – (NLT).

It refers to the testing that the Israelites put God to through their complaining.

Do we think that if and when we complain about God we are testing His patience with us?

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