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The Temptations of the evil one, Part 4

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Matthew 4:11 Then the devil left him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him. 

Throughout the last few blogs, we have been looking at the devil's temptations. Basically there are three main ways in which the devil tempts us:

  • Using what God has given as a reason to turn away from Him
  • Testing God, trying to control God instead of aligning ourselves with Him
  • The Shortcut: Giving in to the lie that the devil offers a shortcut to fulfillment by breaking God's law

It's fascinating to me to see that the last temptation is exactly what God did with Eve as well. Remember what the serpant said?

Genesis 3:4-5 And the serpent said unto the woman, You shall not surely die: For God does know that in the day you eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 

First of all, the devil tries to deny the consequences of disobedience. The devil is trying to say that "God is withholding from you." And then he simply says: "You know, you'll be like God!"

Was that a lie? I don't think so. Read the following verses: 

Genesis 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. 

Genesis 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever: 

So Adam and Eve's eyes were opened, as the serpant had said. And God said later that "man is become as one of us". So I guess we can say that "that was NOT a lie"! So what was it then?

Well, Adam and Eve obviously didn't have Scripture to read yet. But I'm pretty sure that God had communicated the promise to them that He also makes to us: 

1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the children of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 

That was God's intention from the very beginning, also to Adam and Eve. God wanted them to become like God. He wants the same for you and me. 

Now the temptation was again the same temptation that the devil offered to Jesus when he offered the kingdoms of the world. The devil is basically saying: "You know, there's a shortcut. Yes, God promised to make you like God one day. But look how difficult God's path is. There's an easier way, and you can have it right here, right now. Just eat the apple."

Jesus and Eve faced pretty much the same kind of temptation: Both of them had a promise from God. Both of them realized that "God's way is difficult and takes time". And both of them faced the temptation of the enemy: "Just do what God told you not to do. And you will reach your destination right here, right now, much more easily. Just compromise a bit on what God said!" And in both cases, the devil is completely silent on the consequences of their disobedience. In Eve's case, the consequences are spelled out in much detail. (v. 14ff) In Jesus' case, the consequences would have been that all os uf would be desinted for hell, without hope.

The only difference: Eve gave in to the temptation. Jesus didn't!

How about you?



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