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Lesson # Matthew 4:8-11
Study Material - Matthew 4:8-11
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
8 Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world, and their glory; 9 and he said to Him, 'All these things will I give You, if You fall down and worship me.' 10 Then Jesus said to him, 'Begone, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.' 11 Then the devil left Him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him.
Now Satan attempts the most powerful temptation, that of the lust of the eye, the lust for power, wealth, popularity. Certainly ownership of the world would raise the eye brows of most people. Satan temps with that eye in mind. That which is seen, not that which is known. Knowledge runs to the depths of the soul, but that which is seen is merely on the surface and a great more is hidden from the eye than is seen.
They go to a high mountain which is not named, nor the means of their travel. But Satan is impressed with a high mountain, whereas God sees all from the height of heaven.
Satan sees only the value of the immediate satisfaction of the desires of the heart. Satan wants, therefore he does not see beyond that want. If Jesus had failed, then He would not have been God and if God did not exist, then the universe would not have anyone to hold it together, therefore it would collapse in destruction. Actually it would never have come into existence and we would not be having our Bible study. Satan is short sighted as are all aspects of evil and sin.
Satan works from deception. He tries to impress the eye of the beholder and then lead him into believing something that simply is not true. Sin does this from within ourselves. Our sin nature entices us constantly. We have needs and /or desires for things of this world. We either handle them prudently or we give in to our lust and go after them no matter what.
Deu. 6:13-14, Worship God only and do not follow other gods. There is only one God, only one savior, only one way of salvation, only one way of spiritual growth, only one way of fellowship with God. These are laid out clearly in the scriptures. Satan offers Jesus something that He already has received from the Father. Since eternity past when the decrees were set, Jesus Christ has inherited all that is in existence. Satan offers only the planet earth, which even he cannot give legitimately. Christ owns the universe. We too by being in union with Christ from the point of our salvation (see the Blessings List on the index page), we too have a share in the inheritance of the universe jointly with Christ.
But how many of us will fall away from doctrine and lose our eternal rewards. How many of us will take sin up on its subtle offer of pleasure now, fulfilled desires now, if we choose to fall down and bow to sin, rather than falling down as we do, figuratively speaking, when we study our Bible. We submit ourselves to doctrine in our soul when we apply it to our lives. When we go after sin, when we avoid our Bible study, then we are in effect bowing to our sin nature and following this pattern which Satan has presented to Christ.
Satan offered nothing, but promised everything. He had neither the means nor the ability to fulfill his promise. Sin also is powerless. It offers much and we fall for it all the time, but end up with nothing. Eternity should be on our minds, not the current moment. The current moment will pass and be gone forever, but eternity will be there forever.
Satan offered these temptations for food, immediate fulfillment of a desire such as hunger, then he offered the temptation to test God, to be irresponsible to make God keep you safe, to operate outside the boundary of responsibility, to make your own rules and follow them, then to have great wealth, or power, or have anything you want. And such is the offering of a sinful pattern of life. And do not think that just because I use the word sinful and you have never committed a sin of course, that you are not covered by this. Ignoring doctrine is a sin. You either live under the influence of doctrine or under the influence of the sin nature. There is no third choice. You cannot make up your third choice. Cain did that and he is in hell today and not because he killed Abel. But because he rejected God.
There are four great tests which you will constantly face in life - your own thoughts, tests from other people and your interaction with them, system tests as you deal with organizations of all kinds from little social clubs to large government bureaucracies, and disaster tests from nature, from wars, from work layoffs. Doctrine builds your defenses up against all of these. Jesus was 40 days plus with no food, and in a weakened physical state, but doctrine defeats all comers. Jesus did not defeat Satan with His overwhelming power, but with words from scripture. Satan is defenseless as is sin when it comes to Gods Word. We do not fight sin with crosses made of gold, with ray guns, with sessions with priests, with penance rituals. Only with doctrine resident in our soul which we have learned by a consistent daily study program. We eat food everyday, we should study our Bible everyday.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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