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#32 When God said “Do Your Worst”

Satan comes disguised as an angel of light sent to Jesus by God to end his fast. He thinks, If I can get him to use his power for himself, I’ll win the war. If I can shake his confidence in God,  their whole plan to save man will fail.

Imagine Satan saying a powerful angel has been banished from heaven and Jesus looks like that angel, suggesting that God has forsaken him. Why else would he be in such a state?

The struggle is fierce inside Jesus. The suggestion that he is not who he thinks he is, is not the object of God’s care, has deluded himself, looks true.

So Satan invites him to make bread from the stones around him, which look like the loaves Jesus has eaten his whole life. “If you are the son of God, turn these stones into bread.”

As soon as Satan says “if” Jesus knows him. Negativity and asking proof have shown his true character.

Nothing will be gained by proving identity.

He remembers his Father’s words at his baptism and rests in His love. Jesus knows how Moses and Elijah had been overcome by weariness and deprivation. He won’t even argue with the enemy. He will trust God.

And so he quotes words he himself had spoken centuries before, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from God.”

God had taken him to the wilderness; God would keep him there and bring him out.

Matthew 4:2-4,  Mark 1:12-13,  Luke 4:1-4

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