Practical discussion on contemporary life challenges from an ancient perspective.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
TRIUMPH OVER THE LUST OF THE EYES
Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the
kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, “All this authority
I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give
it to whomever I wish.Therefore, if You
will worship before me, all will be Yours.”And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is
written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”
The crown rightfully belonged to
Christ.The glory of the world’s
kingdoms should have been His to claim.But, first He would have to wear a crown of suffering before He could
wear a crown of sovereignty.Humiliation
would precede exaltation.
Adam had been given dominion over
the earth, but forfeited that when he sinned.Satan claimed the kingdoms of men.In fact, Jesus called the Devil, “The
prince of this world.”Now, he
offers the scepter back to Jesus—and all He must do is worship him.That is what the angel Lucifer craved that
turned him into Satan.If he could but
get Jesus to bow and worship, he would have what he wanted.
Of course, Christ rejected it—and
by quoting the Word of God.That is how
you overcome temptation.The Psalmist
said, “Your Word I have hidden in my
heart, that I might not sin against You.”(Ps.119:11)Each time Satan
attacked, Jesus gave the counterthrust with the Sword of the Spirit, which is
the Word of God.
All the quotes that Jesus used
were from Deuteronomy.How many of us
could recite three verses from that book?We might argue, “But being God, Jesus was omniscient!”Indeed, but recall that He had limited
Himself in living as a man.His knowledge
of Scripture wasn’t the product of Divine attributes, but of diligent study—the
same way we can—and must.
Spend time looking into the Word
and it will diminish the appeal of the world.Scripture provides a lens through which we can correctly view how
worthless this world is compared to the value of eternity.That knowledge will aid us in triumph over
the lust of the eyes.