In Matt 4:1-11, Jesus responds to the tempter, “It is written…” (Matt. 4:4, 4:7, 4:10). To every temptation, His response was from the Scripture. If Jesus who was wholly man, yet wholly God was able to respond to temptation through the word of God, He who is our perfect example, how much more should I endeavor to learn the Scripture, so that I will have a reference for the evil days to come. I want to be like Jesus.
In this account however, it is also important to note that Satan also responded with “It is written”. He certainly knew the Scriptures, and knew them well enough to twist them at will to meet His own purposes. Jesus however, even in His weakened state, was not to be deceived. He knew and understood the Scriptures in their context, and was able to rebut the Devil, even in his use of the Bible. Do I know the Word of God well enough that I would be able to stand on it against the Devil’s tricks? Will I be able to discern truth from falsehood when it is used so subtly to trick those who have only a surface knowledge of the truth?
Dear Jesus, I pray for Your guidance as I study Your words. I pray for wisdom from on high, and an understanding only You can give. Reveal to me Your secrets from Your word, and give me the strength to stand on Your Word when faced with temptation, just as You did after Your baptism. Thank You Lord in advance. I love You. Help me to love You and to love others as You would have me to love. Help me to learn of You, and to share my knowledge with others… Amen
And now, I head back to read my Bible 🙂