“Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil” [Matthew 4:1].
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5) The Devil came again with the tempting words of, “If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread” [Matthew 4:3]. No doubt, Lucifer knew the beginning of Jesus’ humanity. But he wanted to play with words. He, most definitely, had the knowledge of the divine Sonship of Jesus. Why ask to know of the obvious truth? Temptations come out of taboo laden acts. Again, it sounds quite anodynous, but the unseen priestcraft of Satanism employment is that if Jesus had gone ahead and performed this miraculous feat, it would have been at the behest of Satanism and the Lord Jesus would have operated under the influence of Lucifer, as the god of this sinful world. Jesus would have pleased the enemy of His Father.
Command that these stones be made bread
Imagine Jesus pleasing not the Father, of whom the Scripture had earlier made the asseverative pronouncement of “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” [Matthew 3:17]. And the Word of God opened His holy mouth and spoke the Scripture proceeding from Himself, quoting the very words of His dictation to the ears of Moses, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” [Matthew 4:4; Deuteronomy 8:3]. This is what the Eden occupants should have uttered to destroy the Devil’s prevaricating utterance.
The Devil is goaty in stubbornness. He just would not stop and this time he, “saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone” [Matthew 4:6]. Who says “The Devil knows not the Bible”? He studies the Bible very well, and from the same protocol of the Divinity he makes sure to tempt people with God’s forbidden acts. The intriguing fact here is that, the choice of ‘cast’ and ‘down’ are: ballo, ‘violent throw’ and kato, ‘downwards’ respectively. Why tell the Last Adam to cast Himself down atop the place of congregational latria? If Jesus had done that, HE would have killed His humanity before the Calvary substitutionary death – massive loss to the Divinity.
If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down [Matthew 4:6]
Lucifer’s desideration is the latria crave. All this hullabaloo is nothing short of his diabolical hunger for apotheosis; he could not help being his maniacal self, as he told Jesus, “All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me” (Matthew 4:9). This is a bodacious attempt. It demands a righteous indignation. “Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve” (Matthew 4:10). The very second the masquerading serpentine shenanigan called God a liar, the woman should have skinned Lucifer of the ophidian meander that crawled into the Eden Garden. What Adam and his wife would not do is what Jesus, on behalf of humanity, brought to consummation. Amen.
Some questions arising from this bodacious effrontery are: Does Lucifer not know that Jesus is the Son of God? Does he not have the knowledge of the Second Membership of Jesus’ Godhood? Does he not know that in this Jesus is the Eternal Christ, the Creator? Why would he decide to tempt his Lord even the Author of creation, and stubbornly so? Did he not see John the Baptist wanting, in the humility of his heart, to decline to baptize the same LORD from heaven? I know why he was able to muster such feat fit for a bodacious bestiality. Lucifer is an egregiousness of profanity; he is suffering from acute dementia; his madness knows no bounds.
Then the devil leaveth him [Matthew 4:11]
Anyone who decides to go against the good LORD God of the celestial assizes and will come face to face with the Lord of creationism in antagonism cannot be anything but an incorrigible evil. Egregious stupidity must be the mark of any being that intentionally cuts himself away from Jehovah. No wonder, unlike the heaven-bound, adopted Christians, Lucifer is eternally damned!
The Calvary victory breaks and it makes of non-effect the pricking discomfort of his goad. What does that mean? If sinfulness is the sting, then the ‘entire gulp’ of death is the victory that Jesus gives to anyone who becomes one with Him, having removed the original sin from him. He would not come to the earth to be crucified the second time, therefore, this separation from sin is eternal. We, the Christians can never be called or considered sinners again. The hellish thrust, Lucifer’s victory, that mankind had suffered, does not hold any victimisation for Christians. We have been saved from death. Lucifer’s trophies do not include Christians. Willfully we had sinned, in the past, and were responsible for the evils of our thirsty crave. But now our salvation is wholly of the Godhead. The Godhead takes care of everything. Get born again so that you too can say, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” Amen.
“…that where I am, there ye may be also” [John 14:3].
Jesus gave us a promise in the book of John 14:3 “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” This, the Devil has no power, whatsoever, over. It is a divine promise. “For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed” [Malachi 3:6]. Lucifer did not know that the Church was God’s trump card to silence him into eternality of his guilt. God gave him a mind to think with. He thought he could use the thoughts of his derailed mentality to bring himself to Jehovah’s par of equality. God gave him a freewill and erroneously believed his freewill has the capability to discard the Creator, and be a god unto himself and to any thinking intelligence that will decide to follow him. Woefully, Lucifer has failed. Amen.
Get born again. Say this simple prayer, believing it with all your heart. Say:
“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”
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