Responding to Temptation?, post 2

While thinking on the series that is commonly called “The Temptation of Christ”, I thought about several other things to note and their correlations.  So, I wanted to break the post into two separate ones.  First post can be found here:  Thoughts on Temptation of Christ, post 1

But first let me get something off my chest.  Why is it called the “Temptation of Christ”?  Why can’t we call it something like “another victory over satan”,  or some other such terms.  The ‘Temptation of Christ’ has such a negative connotation.  Maybe we should call it  “A stupid attempt of satan”?  Anyway…..

Now, let us look at the events and I will try to share how  I see them meaning. 

First, was the temptation involving hunger.  Satan seems to not be too creative in this approach.  When we are introduced to the “liar” we see,  in Genesis,  that he tempted Eve with ‘food’.  But remember  food  was the tool

So let us look at Genesis 3.

(vs.1)  Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.  And he said unto the woman,  Yea,  hath God said,  Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

(2)  And the woman said unto the serpent,  We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

3)  But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden,  God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it,  neither shall ye touch it,  lest ye die.

(4)  And the serpent said unto the woman,  Ye shall not surely die:

(5)  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof,  then your eyes shall be opened,  and ye shall be as gods,  knowing good and evil.

Thus,  this was the first temptation of Christ.  But what interesting things can we ponder here?  Think on this.  Satan tempted Eve,  a woman.  Christ was to be born of a virgin woman,  just as Eve was a virgin!  I never thought much about that before.  Thus,  since the serpent did man [as a whole] an injustice,  the redemption had to come thru the seed from an innocent woman,  just as Eve was innocent (a virgin).

Genesis 3

15   And I will put enmity between thee and the woman,  and between thy seed and her seed;  it shall bruise thy head,  and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Do not be surprised,  as the Day of the Lord’s return approaches,  if each of us have a battle with finding food.  Will we be able to withhold ourselves when the choice comes to accepting his (the serpent’s) markings to be able to purchase food and do banking?  Will we be able to repeat Jesus’ answer of:  “ It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God ” ?  [Matthew 4:4] 

In Eve’s temptation,  the evil one hinted to Eve that some things were being kept from her.  Satan used the Lord’s words against Eve.  Bending the meaning of her conversations with the Lord when He would walk with man in the Garden.  Satan added to the word of our Lord.  Eve tells the serpent that God told them they would die; but the serpent then adds that what the Lord meant was they would know good and evil;  that she would be more like God.  [We do this most days with the commonly called: “little white lie”.]

Warning:  That is one of the ways satan uses the scripture in a distorted way. 

Then, next, because Christ did not rise to the bait of the words,  If thou be the Son of God,”  Christ probably made satan do a mental foot stomp out of confusion and frustration.  [Verses 3 and 6 in Matthew]  Christ gives him the truth from the scriptures.  For the scriptures,  written by man,  says in the law:  thou shalt not tempt the LORD thy God ”.  Notice that the Redeemer humbles himself again,  by continuing to accept/taking on the form of a man.  Thus, following the law as a man.  Notice that Jesus did not say the words, “I” or “me”. 

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.   [also Luke 4:3]

6)  And 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.  [also Luke 4:9]

Also notice, that the Redeemer did not expound on the reciting of what was written in the scriptures.  Our Redeemer was short and to the point.  Unlike Eve, He listened no more to what satan had to say.  Sometimes that is the best answer we can give any temptation.  When we are tempted by something, we should just simply take the shortest route away.   Just as the saying of  “ just say No ” goes.  The longer we converse with the serpent,  the more chances he has of skewing our minds to jumbling up the scriptures and what our response to a temptation should be.

Deuteronomy 6:16

Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God,  as ye tempted him in Massah.

Then finally Christ answers the last temptation with: “ for it is written,  Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God,  and Him only shall thou serve.   [Matthew 4:10 ]  By this wording Christ again keeps Himself as a man,  born of a virgin or woman.  How?  Just the wording of  “for it is written .  Well, who wrote it?  A man was the one writing the Laws.  So our Redeemer was again accepting the role of man,  since the Laws were given to man to follow.

Genesis 3

15   And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Most people wish to use verses in Deuteronomy to cover the part of  “ Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shall thou serve.”   But if you really think about it,  we should be using the first of the Ten Commandments of the Law. 

Exodus 20:

I am the LORD thy God,  which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt,  out of the house of bondage.

3   Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

In closing,  I would like to say that my life is rife with temptation.  And I have always tried my best to be short and un-sweet with my responses.  [I did not think “sweet” would be a good word to use since it implies complacency.]   Temptation is not a sin, since it is an exercise in life.   But — what happens after the temptation arrives is where the sin could happen.  If you know from the start what is right and what is wrong,  then you will recognize what is a temptation.  But if you start considering the  “what ifs”  and trying to put a degree of  “wrongness”  to the temptation – then you are sinning.  Justifying why you do, or could do,  something is still doing something that you know is wrong.  So, by continuing the/a conversation of/about a temptation,  with yourself,  allows the evil one to have more time and ammunition to use against you.  Do not do as Eve did and continue to talk with the serpent.  Turn you back from it or do as our Redeemer did and simply say that you are living by the word of God.

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