马太福音4: 1 当时，耶稣被圣灵引到旷野，受魔鬼的试探。2 他禁食四十昼夜，后来就饿了。3 那试探人的进前来，对他说：「你若是 神的儿子，可以吩咐这些石头变成食物。」4 耶稣却回答说：「经上记着说：
耶稣用我们掌握的唯一工具-上帝的道与魔鬼的试探作斗争。耶稣是完全的神，但是他并没有以大能的神的样子与魔鬼战斗，而是作为真实的人、作为我们的兄弟面对魔鬼 。他只是简单地指着圣经说：“人活着，不是单靠食物，乃是靠 神口里所出的一切话。”这是引用了申命记8章3节的经文，是摩西提醒以色列人上帝允许他们在旷野挨饿，是告诉他们人不单靠食物而活着。上帝以他喜悦的方式来决定什么时间和什么方式来供给他的子民。在你下次被试探去质疑和抱怨上帝时，请记住这个！
Matthew 4: 1-4: Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
We learn much from this story about Jesus’ temptation, much about how Satan works and much about who Jesus is and what he came to do for us. Jesus had to be tempted in every way that we are tempted and remain sinless to be our Savior. So Satan came to him when he was weak and alone and hungry – and probably tire, too. Satan loves to come to you in those moments, too, doesn’t he? How easy it is to get into an argument when you are exhausted! How easy it is to sin when you are alone and no one is holding you accountable!
“If you are the Son of God,” Satan says. The word “if” is a tempting word and he still uses it today. If God is really a loving God, why would he let this happen to you? If God really cares about you, why isn’t your life going better? That little word tempts us to use human reason and human experience to judge the all wise, all knowing, all powerful God who loves us. Hmmm. That’s kind of like measuring the ocean with a teaspoon.
Jesus fought the devil’s temptation with the only tool we have at our disposal – the Word of God. He did not fight him as almighty God, which he could have done, but as true man and our brother. He simply pointed to the Bible and said, “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” The reference was to Moses reminding the Israelites that God allowed them to get hungry in the wilderness to teach them that man does not live on bread alone. God provides for his people when and how he pleases. Remember that the next time you are tempted to question God and complain!
Round one. Score one for Jesus, and for us!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, whenever I am tempted to question the wisdom of God, then remind me this lesson from God’s Word. Teach me to go to the Bible for the answers and for the strength to say “No!” to Satan’s temptations. But most of all, thank you for fighting Satan as I must fight him too – in moments of weakness and aloneness and with only the Word to defend myself. He’s judged! The deed is done! One little word can fell him! Amen.
马太福音4:5 魔鬼就带他进了圣城，叫他站在殿顶上，6 对他说：「你若是 神的儿子，可以跳下去，因为经上记着说：
7 耶稣对他说：「经上又记着说：『不可试探主—你的 神。』
Matthew 4: 5-7: 5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” 7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
The devil knows the Bible better than you or I do. He also knows how to misuse it. He will quote it out of context. He will try to twist and distort its meaning. He will use it against us whenever he can. Today he uses well-meaning pastors and theologians to whisper in our ears and try to deceive us. Here he dares Jesus to jump off the highest point of the temple to see if God will keep his promise in the psalm.
What’s the temptation in Satan’s dare? Imagine what a “splash” Jesus would make in front of all the temple worshippers when he performed this circus trick and had the angels carry him down. He could prove that he was really the Son of God. But Jesus never used his miracles to bring attention to himself. At one of his trials King Herod demanded a circus miracle and Jesus gave him none. Jesus came, not to glorify himself, but to give glory to his Father.
“Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” Don’t take one passage out of context. Understand every verse of the Bible in connection with what all the verses of the Bible teach us. Let Scripture interpret Scripture, and know you Bible well enough so that you can do this.
Round two. Score another one for Jesus, and for us!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, make me a student of your word so that Satan cannot tempt me with false interpretations of the Bible! Sometimes I think that the Bible is hard to understand, but that is only Satan trying to get me not to read it. Your Word is clear and simple and open for all to understand, because with your Word you have given us your Spirit to enlighten us. As you once opened the minds and hearts of your disciples on the way to Emmaus to understand the Scriptures, open mine as well. I pray this in your name. Amen.