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Know God in a Year #32 A Direct Encounter Allowed

Satan comes pretending to be an angel of light sent to Jesus by God to end his fast. His scheme: 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 so weak and raggedy?

The struggle is fierce inside Jesus. The suggestion–you are not who you think you are, you are not the object of God’s care but have deluded yourself–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. Prove it.”

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. I won’t even argue with the enemy, he thinks. Jesus knows how Moses and Elijah had been overcome by weariness and deprivation. 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.”

He thinks Ruach brought me into the wilderness; Ruach will keep me here and bring me out.

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

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