Voices: Liar, Liar

And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: And in  their  hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season. And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. (Luke 4:1-15 KJV)

This is such an interesting passage of scripture. We learn more about our enemy and the voice he had in trying to tempt Jesus.

1. Satan tempted Jesus with an underlying lie. As crafty as our enemy is, his voice hasn’t seem to have changed much. His basic mode of operation is to tell lies about what God has said.

2. Jesus rejected Satan’s lies with the Truth of God’s Word. Every single time Satan lies to Jesus, Jesus responds with “it is written”. All three quotes come from the book of Deuteronomy in the Old Testament.

3.Satan also used the Word of God, but manipulated it to get what he wanted. Notice the similarities between this passage and Genesis 3. Lies, misquotes, and deception has always been his gameplan.

What can you take away from Jesus’ approach to fighting Satan’s temptation? How does this passage compare to Genesis 3?

10 thoughts on “Voices: Liar, Liar

  1. the way that this passage relates to Genesis is that Satan was trying to tempt Jesus and Adam and Eve.i think its cool whenever Satan tries to tempt Jesus, Jesus always begins with “it is written” thats basically saying that it is written in the Bible that its wrong and the right thing to do.i also noticed that Satan he uses the word of God but he does it to get what he wants.thats not right.he uses it to lie and misquote things.thats God’s Word.thats deffinetely not right.lets all try 2 keep away from all those temptations so things won’t get worse.love yoo guys!!!!!!! 🙂 <33333

  2. Mafalda Delienne

    As Allie said Satan was trying to tempt Jesus but in the end Jesus always used the word bible to say what’s right and what’s the wrong thing to do we should try to keep away from the temptations!! 🙂

  3. grace

    in both places he makes the truth sound fun. He twists the truth so it sounds good. haa paraphrase of the garden of Eden “When you take this fruit you’ll forever be seperated from God, since He told you not to take some. It will even cause death and pain and all this other stuff….but the fruit tastes good” He disguises the truth with something appealing to us. And in this passage he does the same thing. Satan’s version of fun might be fun at the time, but it always backfires.

    1. grace

      plus, you get so many more benefits when you just do what God asks, because for God the opposite is true. When you do what He says you might be like “why do you want me to do THAT, God? It’s gonna be soo hard and I HATE doing that.” But then you obey and there are great ending results.

  4. “If thou be the Son of God..” Satan said this phrase to Jesus a few times within these verses and it really frustrated me. It’s like Satan was asking Jesus to prove Himself to Satan.. Jesus didn’t have to prove Himself to anyone, let alone Satan. Satan knew exactly who He was, yet his lies made it seem as though he was clueless. Satan was trying to lure Jesus into sinning against God. Sounds exactly like what Satan tries to get us to do as well. Satan is full of tricks it seems, and some of us fall for it and wait to watch the magic happen, when in reality, we just fall down the rabbit hole. This passage correlates with Genesis chapter 3 because Satan lied to Eve and said that it was ok to eat off the tree of knowledge despite what God told her. “Ye shall not surely die.” Using the truth in a deceitful way is his game. We can only hear this voice, or we can chose to block it out and follow the voice of our father!

  5. I know in my life resisting Satan’s temptations can be hard. Like when im mad, stay mad and idk why, it’s not like it gets me anywhere! But I think by Jesus’ example, it can help me more & more with reisiting the voice of evil. Satan’s a manipulator, but God is truth!! He overcomes everything! Jesus told Satan straight up that everything He does is from God, it is written. He didn’t have to prove a thing to him cause it was already proven 🙂 I can take this example by living for God, and defending His words in times where others twist it or say it’s a lie. It’s written, it’s true!
    This is a lot like Genesis 3, because just like Satan tempted Jesus in Galilee, Satan (the serpent) once tempted Adam & Eve in the garden of Eden. He’s a temptor, but Jesus resists it!! I know I need to take by His example everyday 🙂

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