Luke 4 (NIV)
The Temptation of Jesus
1Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, 2where for forty days he was tempted by the devil.
“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
Extraordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of extraordinary sins, but sometimes the trial of extraordinary graces. God hath many sharp-cutting instruments, and rough files for the polishing of His jewels; and those He especially loves, and means to make the most resplendent, He hath oftenest His tools upon.
I bear my willing witness that I owe more to the fire, and the hammer, and the file, than to anything else in my Lord’s workshop. I sometimes question whether I have ever learned anything except through the rod. When my schoolroom is darkened, I see most.
–C. H. Spurgeon
He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.
3The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”
4Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone.'”
John 4:34 (ESV)
Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.”
5The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7So if you worship me, it will all be yours.”
8Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.'”
Matthew 16:15-17 (The Message)
Jesus pressed them, “And how about you? Who do you say I am?”
Simon Peter said, “You’re the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus came back, “God bless you, Simon, son of Jonah! You didn’t get that answer out of books or from teachers. My Father in heaven, God himself, let you in on this secret of who I really am.
9The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. 10For it is written:
” ‘He will command his angels concerning you
to guard you carefully;
11they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'”
12Jesus answered, “It says: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'”
Mark 8:33 (NLT)
Jesus turned around and looked at his disciples, then reprimanded Peter. “Get away from me, Satan!” he said. “You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”
13When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.
Jesus rebuked Satan by quoting three times from the book of Deuteronomy:
1) Deut. 8:3 — Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
2) Deut. 6:13 — Fear only the Lord your God; you shall worship him.
3) Deut. 6:16 — You must not test the Lord your God.
from Whispers of His Power,
by Amy Carmichael
“Every weapon by sharpening becomes sharp,” says the Tamil proverb. How can we sharpen our sword? In one sense we cannot and need not, for the Sword of the Spirit which is the word of God never grows blunt. But we can immensely sharpen our powers of using it.
During the temptation in the wilderness our Lord met the tempter with exactly the right word. We sometimes forget that this showed He had read the book of Deuteronomy so carefully that He knew it from end to end. He knew just what room in the armory held the exact weapon He wanted. As He had no Bible with Him in the wilderness, it is certain that He knew those words by heart. The word He had read had become a part of Himself.
Speaking of truth on the high places — HERE is an older James Taylor singing “Go, Tell It on the Mountain.”