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The teaching of Luke have been around me the past couple of weeks, sermons, Sunday school, Bible study. Yes, I'm posting from Luke today.
Luke 4: 1-13
Tested by the Devil
4:1-2 Now Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and led by the Spirit into the the wild. For forty days and nights he was tested by the Devil. He ate nothing during those days and when time was up he was hungry.
4: 3 The Devil, playing on his hunger, gave the first test: "Since you're God's Son, command this stone to turn into a loaf of bread".
4:4 Jesus answered by quoting Deuteronomy: "It takes more than bread to really live.
4: 5-7 For the second test he led him up and spread out all the kingdoms of the earth on display at once. Then the Devil said, "They're yours in all their splendor to serve your pleasure. I'm in charge of them all and can turn them over to whomever I wish. Worship me and they're yours, the whole works."
4:8 Jesus refused, again backing his refusal with Deuteronomy: "Worship the Lord your God and only the Lord your God. Serve him with absolute single-heartedness.
4:9-11 For the third test the Devil took him to Jerusalem and put him on top of the Temple. He said,"If you are God's Son, jump. It's written, isn't it that he has placed you in the care of angels to protect you; they will catch you; you won't so much as stub your toe on a stone'?"
4:12 "Yes", said Jesus, "and it's also written, 'Don't you dare tempt the Lord your God.'"
4:13 That completed the testing. The Devil retreated temporarily, lying in wait for another opportunity.
I think we are all tested a little or sometimes a lot. Not so much now as when I was in my twenties and thirties I would do things I would take a second look at now, para sailing, bungees jumping, driving 150 miles an hour around Daytona Speedway, on the wall. I would always say a little prayer asking God to be with me. He was probably says,"Are you crazy, you are on your own, don't test me". I just didn't hear him.
As I've gotten older I seem to hear Him better.
Have a safe, happy and blessed week. Please continue our prayers for the people in Haiti.