“For the final temptation, the devil takes Jesus to a high place, which Matthew explicitly identifies as a very high mountain, where all the kingdoms of the world can be seen.
The spot pointed out by tradition as the summit from which Satan offered to Jesus dominion over all earthly kingdoms is the “Quarantania”, a limestone peak on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho.
Barrett sees this as a temptation to accept the adulation of the crowds, assume leadership of the nation to overthrow Roman rule, take the crown of his own nation, and from there initiate the kingdom of God on earth.
The kingdoms Jesus would inherit through Satan are obtained through the love of power and political oppression.
Barrett characterizes this “the old but ever new temptation to do evil that good may come; to justify the illegitimacy of the means by the greatness of the end.” or The means justifies the end.
Satan says, “All these things I will give you if you fall down and do an act of worship to me.” Jesus replies “Get away, Satan! It is written: ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and only Him shall you serve.” (referencing Deuteronomy 6:13 and 10:20). From AgapΩ April 26, 2020
Jesus clearly shows us how to defeat the devil in all circumstances.
The temptations offered Jesus by the devil are the same ones offered to Eve that brought about the fall of mankind — Satan will always attack in one of three ways.
- Lust of the flesh.
- Lust of the eyes
- The sinful pride of life.
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” 1 John 2:15-16
But the lesson here for us all is that when believers use the sword of the Spirit (God’s Word) and command satan to leave he will leave us alone every time. Our response should always be the same – the sword of the Spirit.
And Jesus said; “Away with you” — I will also suggest what God has led me personally to say when I was confronted by evil. “You have no power over me – In the name of Christ begone.”
“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ”Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you, ’And, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ” Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ” Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.” Matthew 4:1-11
“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Grace and Peace to you my friends,
Bob West – Geezerdust2020©