Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, pafter our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them. Genesis 1:26,27
What is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?c
You have made them a little lower than the angels
and crowned themf with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
you put everything under theirg feet:
all flocks and herds,
and the animals of the wild,
the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.
Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
So much is learned from this reading. Man did not do anything to be placed in charge of so much. When he was created, The Lord placed him in superiority over earth. That was lost, but still we remain in charge of most. We share what The Lord bestowed on us though. We can look back at what Lucifer said to Jesus in the last of the 3 temptations.
Jesus the Son be willing to do to establish the kingdom of God on earth!
Although Matthew does not say so, I wonder if Jesus and the devil both had Psalm 2 in mind. That Psalm talks about the Son, the Messiah, ruling the kingdoms. Part of it reads:
I will proclaim the decree of the Lord: He said to me, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. You will rule them with an iron scepter; you will dash them to pieces like pottery” Psalm 2:7-9.
How kingly do you think Jesus looked after 40 days and nights of fasting in the wilderness? He was alone, tired, dirty, hungry, and thirsty. Being king over God’s kingdom must have seemed a long way off. The devil seized the opportunity. In essence, he said, “Let me show you a way to fulfill your heart’s desire.” He took Jesus to a high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. That would have included Rome! At that moment their splendor and Jesus’ appearance would have been quite a contrast. “‘All this I will give you,’ he said, ‘if you will bow down and worship me.’”
In Matthew’s account, the first two temptations set the stage for the third one. It is the devil’s final and perhaps most deceptive effort to trap Jesus into disloyalty to God. Let us try to understand this temptation and how Jesus successfully.
So, after the determination was made that He truly was sent by God, Satan sought to use self, but even in this he was thwarted, no matter what he offered, Jesus” eyes were set on The Father. As always, there is so much to learn, we have in the past spelled out J-O-Y meaning Jesus first, Others then Yourself. In His case it was G-O-Y; God replacing the J in Joy.
Much to be learned from this. I can ask one thing; ‘What would you do to be given your hearts desires?’ I mean that in a way that should lead to much thinking. Aren’t your needs met. Granted, we will all need or want is more appropriate. But we are blessed with what we need.