Satan Tempts Jesus…
- The Spirit led Jesus to the desert.
- The tempter came in a weak moment.
- The devil took Jesus to the Holy City and to the high mountain to tempt Him.
- Jesus ‘allowed’ the devil to take Him…
Why? Why would Jesus allow the enemy to lead Him to places to be tempted? Why do we? Knowing that God has a path for our lives, why do we allow ourselves to be redirected by the enemy, and tempted by our weaknesses?
The devil came to Jesus after forty days of fasting, in one of His lowest moments. The devil knew Jesus’ weak points — the enemy tries to attack us where we are already hurt.
Was the enemy ‘attacking’ Jesus with the things He desired — food (fulfillment), response/immediate action from God, kingdom and power? Our desires can lead us to our deepest weakness.
Yes. Jesus allowed Himself to be tempted, but for every temptation, He used the Word of God to disengage the enemy.
Just like Jesus, though we are led and tempted by the enemy — trying to ‘get us’ where it hurts — we have the power to disengage using the word of God, and our faith to fight back against every struggle, every sinful desire, and anything that is not of God.
The beauty in all of this is that the things the devil tried to tempt Jesus with, are the things that God already had to provide to Him, His Son, just as He will provide for us:
“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:26