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Daily Reading: 30th June 2016

Matthew 4.4

4 Answering He said: “It has been written: “Man shall not live on bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God””.

In the days in which we live there appears to be a super-abundance of laws being passed; some by our own national government, and many by the European Union.

These are laws and regulations that stand written, unalterable until removed from the statue books. I guess that there is no one who knows every law; therefore, when we need to know what is and what is not lawful we may have to go to a solicitor to help us.

Satan stood before Jesus and tempted Him to turn stones into bread. The response of Jesus was to stand on what had been written in the law.

Jesus quotes from Deuteronomy 8.3:

Yes, He humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people need more than bread for their life; real life comes by feeding on every word of the LORD – (NLT).

The context of this verse is the wilderness wanderings of the Israelites. During that time God was testing them to see if they would be obedient to His command. Obedience to God would feed their souls, and that is still true today. If we obey Him we will grow and mature in faith, making us stronger for the work He has chosen for us to do.

There is always the temptation to feed our bodies, to satisfy our appetites, to meet the requirements of our physical needs.

Jesus knew this scripture, He knew the law, and He was able to draw on this and defy the temptations of the devil.

We may not know many of the laws that govern us, but it is essential that we know the word of God so that we also can resist the devil and see him flee from us.

God’s word is eternal. The laws of man are temporary. God’s word feeds our being; the words and laws of men are meant to guide us, but they have no power to change us.

God’s word brings us life. Therefore, it is vital that we spend time learning His word and so live in its power to change us to conform to Jesus.


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