We are continuing on with the three part series on the temptation of Jesus Christ. We are drawing from the book of Luke chapter 4. To view part one of the series published yesterday then click: The Temptation of Christ Part One: 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.” Luke 4:6
Satan the adversary, the very one who incites all apostasy. The Devil who finds his way around each and every man, woman and child with his wiles using our wishes and will as his weapon. In classic style of the master deceiver the Devil mixes truth with a lie to present a tempting proposition to Jesus. After offering all of the kingdoms of the world to Jesus, including their riches and power, the Devil says, “for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.”
The Devil tells Jesus that all of the earth and everything in it has been given to him and that he has the ability to give of it to whomever he chooses. The Devil in charge of the world? It’s an interesting scenario.
Does the Devil have the power to give powers, wealth, governments, nations to whom he pleases or was he just lying to Jesus to cause him to fall? “For that is delivered unto me,” could God give the world to Satan to give to whom he wished?
First and foremost, God is in control and Satan can do nothing that is not within God’s purview. But with that said, God has “delivered“ powers to Satan before. We have a couple of examples of this with Job.
“Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them”(Job 1:6). Satan comes before God and says that the only reason why Job worships Him is because he is protected, blessed with family and material wealth. But if all of these things were taken away from him then Job would “curse thee to thy face”.
So God gives Satan permission (delivers powers) to do whatever he liked to Job. God gave Satan power over the earth, the elements and people but with one caveat.
“And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord” (Job 1:12).
When taking all of Job’s possessions didn’t work then Satan decided to go after his health. Again Satan had to come to God and ask for permission.
“And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life” (Job 2:6).
So we see that it is quite possible that Satan was telling the truth when he said to Jesus, “for that is delivered unto me”. God had given Satan permission before to manage and influence the earth and people as he so desired. Did He do that again? Did God allow Satan to have and to hold as he saw fit? If so, did God give Satan a caveat not to kill as He did with Job?
But the real lie of Satan is much more subtle. He isn’t denying where the power is coming from. Satan made it clear that all power was, “delivered unto me” so he isn’t the source of power just the recipient. Satan is telling the truth that he could give what he said he could. But the real lie is that the Devil is presenting himself as the intermediary. The devil is presenting himself as if he was the way to the father. Instead of Jesus Christ being the way, the Devil is attempting to assume that roll.
“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth”(Matthew 28:18).
The Devil said, ‘All this power…….is delivered unto me”
Satan was attempting not only to cause Jesus to fall but was trying to supplant and replace Jesus as the Christ. Satan has been attempting this ever since.
“And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them” (Luke 21:8).
“For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect” (Mark 13:22).
“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:5).
Satan doesn’t want to be a part of, he wants to be in control of. All sin wants to dominate and eliminate righteousness. Satan and sin do not want to “reach across the aisle’, accept, join in, understand, co-exist or live in harmony. In no way does evil want to, “get along with one another”. Satan and sin want to dominate and control. It will deceive, tempt and accuse its way towards their final destination of Hell.
Temptation of Christ
The temptation of Christ goes well beyond Satan trying to make Jesus fall or to disqualify him in some fashion. The temptation of Jesus was about Jesus being the Christ, that’s the crown Satan wants to wear.
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“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).