January’s Thread #5: Temptation, Evil, Deliver

For this next post I want to continue to think about the last verse of our example prayer.

Mathew 6:13
And  lead us not into temptation,  but deliver us from evil:  For  thine is the kingdom, and the power,  and the glory,  for ever.  Amen

To further have an understanding of the range of meaning the word ‟temptation” could encompass, we need to understand that Jesus had just be tempted by satan.  Why?  It was allowed to be a trial of faith.  Some might say I am stretching this, but it is my belief.  My belief is that, as Jesus took on the human form, he had to go through trials; just as any man would.  So, if we visit James chapter 1, it will cover these explanations of why we are tested or given trials.

The Lord has always tested man.  He put a tree in the middle of the Garden.  If that was not a test I do not know what else to call it.   But James (chapter 1 verse 2) says  “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;.  Verse 12 says “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”  But he continues on to warn you to not accuse God for tempting you, (verse 13)  “… for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man ”.

Here is our promise:

Ⅰ Corinthians 10:13
but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able;  but will with the temptation also make a way to escape,  that ye may be able to bear it.
Ⅱ  Timothy 4:18
And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever.  Amen.
John 17:15
I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
Ⅰ John 5:18
We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.

As we re-read the verse we need to also  understand the word evil”.  It can mean an action or an entity.  By action it is wickedness or harmfulness.  But as an entity it means ‘of the tempter’.

Matthew 4:3
And when the tempter came to him,  he said,  If thou be the Son of God,  command that these stones be made bread.
Mathew 6:13
And lead us not into temptation,  but deliver us from evil:  For thine is the kingdom, and the power,  and the glory,  for ever.  Amen

How do we determine which it means?  Here we will need to see what our ‘temptation’ is.  Is it a full temptation or is it a trial?  Is it a lust, an idol, or just a bump in our road?

Next we look at ‘deliver us’.  I came across a study of those words that used Clarke’s Commentary.  It gave a statement that stuck with me.  It said something along the lines that this phrase means to break our chains or loosen our bands.  I said it stuck with me – – because it reminded me of slavery.  For is that not what sin and temptation are?  Is it not being a slave to our lusts?

This verse says also, “ lead us not into ”.  Just by using the word “into it lets us know there is a journey of/to  temptation.  Being tempted, → thinking further about that temptation, → keeping that temptation in our thoughts, → then partaking of the temptation.  Being tempted is not wrong.  It is the next step, will it lead you into it?

With this verse being placed last in the prayer, it is the most important one for us, as we struggle daily to keep ourselves out of this world.   There is not a person whom lives on this planet that will not face temptations of a worldly nature.  Just remember that asking to be delivered is in our sample prayer.  

My prayer is that we each petition for help each time we are faced with a temptation.  ‘For temptation leads to strife with our self, which if not checked will lead to sin.  Sin leads to death.


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