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Daily Reading: 5th July 2016

Matthew 4.8-10 cont.

8 Again the devil takes Him to a very high mountain, and he showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.

9 And he said to Him: “ I will give You all these, if you will fall down and worship me.”

10 Then Jesus said (says) to him: “Go away, satan; for it has been written: You shall worship the Lord you God, and Only Him shall you serve.””

The immediate response of Jesus is to command satan to go away. This is an important command, and it is similar to what Jesus said when Peter refused to accept the prophecy that Jesus gave concerning His own arrest, death, and resurrection:

But Jesus, turning around and seeing His disciples, rebuked Peter and said (saying): “Get away behind me, Satan, because you are not mindful of the things of God, but of the things of man” – Mark 8.33.

In both instances Jesus commands satan to go. This shows us that satan had to obey the command of Jesus. Satan may have thought that he was in control, and that he could determine the way ahead for Jesus, but with the command of Jesus he had to leave Him.

With this command Jesus displayed that He was in control of the situation, and that He was not going to allow satan to distract Him from His own obedience to His Heavenly Father.

The word of God also tells us that in the name of Jesus we have the same power to withstand the testings and tempting of the devil.

In Ephesians 6.10 Paul tells us:

Put on the complete armour of God, for it gives you the advantage of having the power to stand against the deceit of the devil.

And:

also in everything take up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to extinguish all the burning arrows of the evil one – Ephesians 6.16.

Jesus was not in a hopeless situation when satan faced Him, and His command to tell satan to go proved this. In a similar way neither are we in a hopeless situation when the devil confronts us with the aim of leading us away from Jesus. The armour of God is our sure means of protection.

The Bible also tells us:

So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you – James 4.7 (NLT).

Therefore, let us be confident that in the times of tempting and testing we are also able to tell satan to go, because:

the One in you is greater than the one who is in the world – 1 John 4.4.

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