Our PERFECT Example
 

satan (we never capitalize references to satan, whether noun or pronoun, even when they begin a sentence. he is the essence of evil – a lower case, improper creature), the enemy of all souls, wants us to believe that the Bible is too complex to understand without a pastor or formal instruction. Because it’s our Sword (Eph. 6), if we don’t know it and apply it correctly, we’ll live a life of staggering defeat. Our family, friends, and people throughout the world need us to fight with them and for them. And if that clever dog attempted to use Scripture against Jesus (Matt. 4 and Luke 4), we can be assured he’ll use this tactic against us and against those we love. But Christ gave us the perfect example for delivering him a crushing blow.
 
After fasting 40 days, Jesus was very hungry. When the devil suggested He turn stones into bread, Jesus responded from the Old Testament with Deuteronomy 8:3,
 
It is written:
‘Man shall not live by
bread alone,
but by every word of God.’’”
Luke 4:4 NKJV
 
Note that He had not yet begun His ministry. He had not selected His disciples. There were no miracles or healings to write about. Clearly, Jesus was referring to the Old Testament.

Then the devil offered him all the kingdoms of the world if only Christ would worship him. Jesus answered with Deuteronomy 6:13,
 
It is written:
Worship the LORD your God and serve him only.”
Luke 4:8 NIV
 
So the devil had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple and dared Him from Psalm 91, often referred to as “The Soldier’s Psalm,” 
 
“If you are the Son of God…
throw yourself down from here.
For it is written:
‘He will command his angels concerning you
to guard you carefully;
they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
Luke 4:9-11 NIV
 
But Jesus responded with Deuteronomy 6:16, 
 
"The Scriptures also say,
'You must not test the Lord your God.'"
Luke 4:12 NLT
 
The devil then left Him, determined to watch and wait for another opportunity. There’s no evidence that Jesus shouted or did anything other than simply speak the Word, and the enemy was utterly immobilized. And note that the Messiah King never used the Scriptures to stroke His ego or for His personal advantage. This is an important lesson for us, too.
 
His repeated use of Deuteronomy 6 highlights its significance to us. I urge you to leave this site and read it now. And since it was not written with chapter and verse numbers, I urge you to read all of Deuteronomy - without stopping. As you can see, it's packed with power!
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