1 ¶ Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
2 being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.
3 And the devil said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread."
4 But Jesus answered him, saying, "It is written, ’Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’"
5 Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
6 And the devil said to Him, "All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.
7 "Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours."
8 And Jesus answered and said to him, "Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ’You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’"
9 Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here.
10 "For it is written: ’He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you,’
11 "and, ’In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’"
12 And Jesus answered and said to him, "It has been said, ’You shall not tempt the LORD your God.’"
13 Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.
Jesus was tempted in all points like as we yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15)
1 John 2:16 says - All that is in the world, (_), is not of God but the world.
- The lust of the flesh
- The lust of the eyes
- The pride of life
The passage in Luke 4 tells us that Jesus was tempted in three basic ways:
The Temptations of Christ
- Physical Temptation(Body)
- Forty days fasting and was hungry
- Turn stone into bread
- Answered His temptation with the Word of God
- Mental Temptation (Soul)
- Jesus had knowledge of His destiny
- You can become King of all the kingdoms now without a cross
- Jesus met and defeated the temptation with the Word
- Spiritual Temptation (Spirit)
- Jesus knew, respected and obeyed the Word of God
- The devil quoted the Word of God to his own advantage
- Jesus knew He could not violate the Word to prove the Word
The devil did not make a misquotation but rather a misapplication of the Holy Scriptures. To use truth to manipulate or to gain personal advantage or to prove one’s own stance, doctrine or defense as it lays outside of the one truth of the whole counsel of God or as it opposes the will of God is to stand in the error of misapplication and be termed a heretic and charlatan.
We are created like God, in His image, Spirit, Soul and Body. It is no wonder that the devil comes to tempt us physically, mentally and spiritually.
All that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life are enemies of God. Temptations come to us in every one of these areas. We must meet each temptation with the Word of God.
Let’s consider why Jesus’ journey ended on the Temple Mount, at the House of God. (BTW – When in need we too should go to Church)
I believe this is the place Jesus was always headed and the devil only accompanied Jesus on His way to Church so as to tempt Him by trying to distort the Word of God. It was from the pinnacle of the temple that satan attempted his most devilish temptation. The word ‘pinnacle’ means wing and was commonly referred to as a turret like structure. Later pinnacle came to mean highest point. Some archeological discoveries have found the Southwest corner of the Temple Mount to be the place of trumpeting.
The Temple Mount was designed and built as a flat stone platform sitting on the naturally contoured top and sloping southeastern portion of Mount Moriah. Stone arches were designed and built one after the other to hold the false platform which sits partly on the naturally higher solid rock foundation of northern end of the mountain and then as the mountain slopes off to the east into the Kidron Valley and South into the Hinnom Valley, those stone arches become the raised support underneath the temple mount platform to keep the temple platform flat and level.
Because of the natural slope of Mount Moriah, one of the highest points above ground for the Temple Mount platform is easily observed to be the southwestern corner of the Temple Mount wall. This was the place of trumpeting to announce feasts and daily prayer times. Although some believe it to be the southwestern corner, either way, it was definitely along this short wall Jesus would have been standing when satan tried his last and his best attempt to deceive Jesus in that season and trick Him to sin.
Standing on the pinnacle of the temple one could turn to see a panoramic view of the old City of Jerusalem, a Garden Tomb, Golgotha, the Pools of Bethesda, Herod’s Temple, the Eastern Gate, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Kidron Valley, Mount of Olives, the City of David, David’s Palace, the Hills of Bethlehem, the Hinnom Valley, Mount Zion and the Upper Room.
The devil still sits on the pinnacle of this Temple Mount today tempting others and distorting the Word of God with the same message. This same Temple Mount, the very geographical location from which Jesus was tempted, is now considered the third holiest place in Islam. The Al’Aqsa Mosque sits on the top along the southern end of the temple mount platform and occupies and claims ownership of the pinnacle of the temple.
- Just because someone gets the words right does not mean they have gotten The Word right.
- Don’t be fooled by scripture quoting devils.
- The Word of God is only the Word of God when it is the Word of God.