马太福音 4:8-11 撒旦退去吧
马太福音4:8 魔鬼又带他上了一座最高的山，将世上的万国与万国的荣华都指给他看，9 对他说：「你若俯伏拜我，我就把这一切都赐给你。」10 耶稣说：「撒但，退去吧！因为经上记着说：当拜主—你的 神，单要事奉他。」11 于是，魔鬼离了耶稣，有天使来伺候他。
Matthew 4: 8-11: 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” 10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” 11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
Would Jesus really fall for such a cheap temptation? “Jesus, I will give you a billion dollars if you bow down to me.” I think there was more to this temptation than just the desire for wealth and glory. God sent his Son into the world to redeem the world through his suffering and death on the cross. We know from his prayers in the garden of Gethsemane how heavy this weighed on Jesus – the thought of being separated from his Father and enduring hell for our sins. What I think the devil was really saying to Jesus is this. “Do you really want to go through all this suffering? These forty days in the wilderness is nothing compared to what lies ahead of you. I’ll make you a deal. Bow down and worship me and I will GIVE you all the kingdoms of the world.” In other words, he was offering Jesus an easy way out.
Doesn’t the devil tempt us in the same way? Why study for that test when you can cheat and get an A? Why put up with the pain and misery of this life when you can end your life and take the easy way out? Why should you carry your cross when you can just as easily hide your faith and not stand up to the ridicule of this world? Satan offers us an easy way out, but we know where his way will lead us.
“Get away from me Satan! The Bible says…” Have you ever used that tactic in temptation? Command Satan in the name of Jesus to leave you alone. Then give yourself the strength of God’s Word to stand behind your conviction. Satan is not unbeatable. In fact, he has already been defeated!
On last note one these verses. Angels came to help Jesus in his weakness. The angels that bow down to him must help him off the ground, because he is so weak and helpless. It reminds us that Jesus came to fight Satan, not as almighty God, but according to his human nature – like us.
Round three. Score another one for Jesus – and for us.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, give me boldness in the face of Satan and his temptations to say, “No way!” And when I am weak and alone and depressed and vulnerable, then remind me that I not only have your holy angels to defend me, but that you will always be with me as well. Amen.
马太福音4:12 耶稣听见约翰下了监，就退到加利利去；13 后又离开拿撒勒，往迦百农去，就住在那里。那地方靠海，在西布伦和拿弗他利的边界上。14 这是要应验先知以赛亚的话，15 说：
Matthew 4:12-17: 12 When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee. 13 Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali— 14 to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah: 15 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—16 the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” 17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
Circumstances kept Jesus from preaching around Jerusalem, especially since Herod had killed John the Baptist. But those circumstances only served to fulfill another prophecy, one of hundreds that Jesus fulfilled. He began his ministry in Galilee, which had a reputation of being a rough and tumble area that had lots of Gentiles living in it. It was a place where caravan routes crossed on the way to Egypt. Jesus didn’t just fulfill SOME prophecies. He fulfilled all of them perfectly. Imagine if you had quarterback win every Superbowl in every year of his career. That’s humanly possible but highly unlikely. What Jesus did goes way beyond that!
And the message that Jesus preached? There wasn’t anything extraordinary about it. It was the same message that John the Baptist preached. It is the same message you hear Sunday after Sunday in a church which teaches the law and the gospel and Jesus as the Savior. Turn away from your sins and turn to Jesus for forgiveness and a new life. There is no promise for earthly success in that message. There is no guarantee that you will have an easy or trouble-free life. There is only the timeless message that God in Christ has forgiven your sins and given you eternal life. What makes that message extraordinary is that the Holy Spirit works through that message to change people’s hearts, one at a time.
So sit at Jesus’ feet and listen to his Word. It’s the only thing that makes a real difference in our lives.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, never let me grow tired of this same message of repentance and faith in you, which comes to me in a thousand different ways through your Word. I want to sit at your feet. I want you to grow my faith. I want my heart to be filled with hope that only your Word brings me. I ask this in your name. Amen.