Read Matthew 5
In today’s reading:
Temptations through Satan; The beatitudes; the Sermon on the Mount; believers compared to salt and light; the apostles are called Jesus talks about the law, divorce, oaths, tithing, and fasting
A fter His baptism in the Jordan River, “Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert, to be tempted by the devil” (Matthew 4: 1). First, the devil suggested an easy way, to gratify Himself, in which Jesus could satisfy His hunger (by crying out to the lust of the flesh). But Jesus, knowing that obedience to the Word must be the basis for all decisions, quoted the Scriptures, saying: “It is written: Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that comes out of the mouth of God.” (4: 4; Deuteronomy 8: 3). The words “be tempted” are also used as “examine or test.” Such tests are necessary parts of our lives, for they reveal our true character.And after fasting for forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came to him and said: If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread ” (Matthew 4: 2-3). The abilities that God has given us must be used for His glory and His honor.
Satan’s second temptation: “He brought him to the holy city, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple” (4: 5). Satan suggested that Jesus jump to the place where the people were gathered and present Himself as the superhuman Messiah (crying out for the pride of life). Satan quoted the Scriptures to back up this temptation, telling him: “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written: He will command His angels concerning You, and in their hands they will hold You, so that You will not stumble over Your foot on a stone ” (4: 6; Psalm 91: 11-12). The devil often appears very religious in quoting Scripture, but he only quotes the portion that suits his plan. Jesus then said to him: “It is also written: You shall not tempt the Lord your God” (Matthew 4: 7).
In his last temptation to seduce Jesus to sin: «Again the devil took him to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory, and said: All this I will give you, if I prostrate myself worship ” (4: 8-9). The devil again suggested another easy way by which Jesus could avoid the pain and suffering of the cross and still be able to rule “all the kingdoms of the world . ” Even a failure would only have made Jesus a sinner. When we allow one failure, it almost always leads to another, and so on. Jesus answered him: “Go, Satan, for it is written: The Lord your God shall you worship, and Him only shall you serve” (Matthew 4: 8-10).
Thought for today:The poor in spirit are rich in the spiritual blessings of God. willing to give the Lord our time and our tithes.
Memory Verse of the Week: James 1:17