Sunday, 26 March 2017

The Mountain of Temptation

After being baptised by John the Baptist Jesus was lead by the Spirit into the wilderness, to meditate and fast. The mountain on which Jesus is believed to have spent the 40 days and 40 nights of spiritual contemplation is called the Mount of Temptation.

Jesus ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, He was understandably famished.  The devil tried to tempt Him saying, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, One does not live by bread alone."

The devil tried to tempt Him a second time by showing him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world.  The devil said to Him, “To you, I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me and I give it to anyone I please.  If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours." Jesus answered him, “It is written, Worship the Lord your God and serve only him."

Then the devil tried to tempt Him a third time and took Jesus to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to Him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you, and on their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.”

Jesus answered him, “It is said, Do not put the Lord your God to the test."  When the devil had finished every test, he departed from Him.

Do you stand firm and pray for strength from God when put to the test?

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