In these passages we Jesus in the desert being tempted by Satan himself. We also see some interesting dialogue going on as well. Did you notice that in all the responses where Jesus answers Satan’s statements of temptation – that he answers by quoting scripture? Case in point as to why we must study the Word of God and memorize scripture – you cannot answer with what you do not know. It is more than just knowing God’s Word it is hiding it in your heart word-for-word. Ah, I can hear you saying I am doing good just to read my Bible and that is hit or miss. I can’t memorize it too.
But, it is important to memorize. Did you notice that Satan knew the Word of God, and that he quoted it to Jesus… and did you see Jesus response? Satan quotes Psalm 91:11-12 with a slight twist much as he did with Eve way back in the beginning. But Jesus knowing the Word was able to recognize the subtle differences and responded with scripture directly. We can do that too when life hits us hard and when the devil is trying to convince us that God doesn’t care, etc. However, we cannot do it, if we do not know Scripture
How about it, ready to memorize some scripture? Here is one to get you started, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7. .
Until next time,