DEVOTION:YOU OUGHT TO SAY, IT IS ALSO WRITTEN!
Since Christ used the scripture to counter the enemy’s first attempt to entice Him to sin, in the second temptation, Satan also resorted to Scripture by challenging Christ’s understanding of Scripture. Since Christ did not attempt to explain His legitimacy as the Son of God, Satan did not surrender. In this second attempt, he went right back to it.
Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. Matthew 4:5-6a
Then he explained from Scripture why this would be a valid proof of His Sonship:
For it is written: He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. Matthew 4:6b
In His response, Christ went right to the Scripture too:
Jesus answered him, “It is also written: Do not put the Lord your God to the test. Matthew 4:7
You see, Satan used Scripture but in doing so, he was violating another Scripture that says, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”
- Have you ever been challenged to obey what Scripture says but in doing so you are violating other parts of the written word of God? When was that? And what was the temptation about? I remember very well when I was 12 years old; I faced this kind of temptation from my peers whose aim was to test my commitment to Christ.
- Here is a warning for all of us: Satan knows the Scripture but he does not use it appropriately. He will misquote or misinterpret it. Sometimes, he will challenge your understanding of Scripture. This is exactly what he did to Eve in the Garden of Eden. Satan asked eve, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”Genesis 3:1b. Be warned, the enemy has never forgotten this tactic.
- In Tuesday’s devotion I asked the question, “Are you prepared?” which was meant to beg the question, how do I get prepared? Since Satan delights in using scripture in his attempts to entice us to sin, then we ought to understand what scripture says. Notice that Satan can quote Scripture even though he intentionally misquotes it. How is your knowledge of scripture?
- Do you know the basic beliefs of the Christian faith? In other words, do you understand what scripture teaches about God, Jesus Christ, The Holy Spirit, Man, Sin, Salvation, The Second Coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ, etc?
- How many verses have you memorized and can quote them perfectly from memory?
- Can you explain from Scripture to anyone who asks you why you are not doing the things you used to do before you gave your life to Christ?
- In order to be well prepared, you need to be reading the Bible daily, memorize, study, meditate, and regularly hear the preaching and teaching of God’s word.
- I wish I could say I overcame the temptation I faced when I was twelve. I did not. I gave in, in an attempt to prove I was committed to Christ. But in doing that I was violating other parts of Scripture. Of course I was still very young and did not know much of scripture. But later I went and talked to mature adult Christians who explained to me how this was a temptation like the one of Jesus. Maybe you are facing the same thing today or you have given in to one like I did. The good news is God is gracious and forgiving. Ask for His forgiveness. But what this kind of temptation does to you and I is to make us very sensitive and cautious to anything or anyone who claims this is what the Scripture says.
- If you have not studied the basics of the Christian doctrine, then you ought to look for a book written by an Evangelical Theologian on this topic. Check Bible.org and search for “The Theology Program” under resources. Some churches teach this to their members. Also most Catechumen books include the basic beliefs of the Christian Faith. You should be able to find some easy to read material on the Internet. But be careful because the Internet is full of junk stuff too. Make sure you know the writer of anything you are reading. Let me know if you need any assistance in this.
Jesus answered him, “It is also written:
Do not put the Lord your God to the test.
Next time Satan Uses Scripture to tempt you
YOU OUGHT TO SAY, IT IS ALSO WRITTEN!
By Pastor Shadrack Ruto