"And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word tat proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple. And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the lord thy god. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and behold, angels came and ministered unto him." Matthew 4:2-11

Everyone can be tempted, even Jesus. Like Jesus, we also all have the power to overcome the temptation. At the beginning Jesus could have easily turn the stones to bread and ate. The reply he gives to Satan shows his belief that our Father in heaven will protect us. If we follow the direction of god, he will provide unto us that which we need to stay alive. He is then placed on the pinnacle of a temple, and told to prove that he truly is the Son of God. Satan tells him that if he truly is the Son of God, that the angels will protect him as long as he does not dash his foot against a stone. That line may be a bit confusing "lest anytime thou dash thy foot against a stone." Think about what you do when you stub your toe against something, you usually stumble and sometimes fall. Jesus was perfect, and thats what Satan is talking about. As long as he doesn't stumble or fall away from the teachings of God, the angles will continue to care for him. He is basically saying "well if you're so perfect, jump off, and if you are who you say you are, then god will send his angels to lift you back and protect you." Jesus doesn't take the bait, though. He simply tells him that he shouldn't tempt the will and power of God. Satan then takes him into a high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and all their wealth and power. He tells Jesus that he will give it all to him, if he will only get on his knees and worship him. Jesus still does not fall for the temptation, and tells him to go away, that he will only serve and worship god. Jesus knew that no matter what Satan could offer him, God could offer him more. He knew that riches here on earth are nothing compared to those that we shall recieve in heaven if we remain faithful.

Sometimes the temptations that we are faced with look really good. Jesus was hungry after he was done fasting, and bread probably would have tasted really good right then, but he knew that God would provide for him, as he will for all of us, if we are faithful to his teachings. Proverbs 13:7 says, "There is that maketh himself rich yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches." You can be the richest person in the world, but be denied entry into heaven because you have not followed the Lord's commandments, therfore you have no riches in heaven. You can also become poor following his teachings, but you will have great riches in heaven because you stayed faithful. The richest people in the world are those who continue to follow the teachings of god, and the poorest, those who feel like they don't need him.

Tim Collins 4-10-2002