Have you ‘eaten’ today?
“Casting ALL your anxieties on God through Jesus, because He cares for you.”
- 1 Peter 5:7
Think on this! BECAUSE God Loves you. He sent a Part of Himself to live the lives that we do! Not as a prince or a king, nobleman or chief; but as the step-Son of a CARPENTER!
Many things are made clear when you bother to really think on it.
According to the Biblical account, Jesus was the step-Son of a carpenter, Joseph of Nazareth (Matthew 13,55).
Apparently carpenters were not among the wealthy. Be that as it may, how rich could a carpenter become in the Roman province of Judaea in 1st century AD? What exactly would the social position of a Jewish carpenter’s family be?
A skilled carpenter is a specialized job, and they would have an income and standard of living that was decent for the times. But explaining the social position of a carpenter in a useful manner is pretty much only possible by saying “he was a carpenter”. That was both a job and social position throughout most of history.
Joseph and Mary were not rich enough to afford a lamb during Presentation and offered a pair of pigeons.
Again, in searching the Scripture it is made apparent. What was the last and most significant temptation at the onset of Jesus’ ministry?
Matthew 4 states: “Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. ‘All this I will give you,’ he said, ‘if you will bow down and worship me.’ Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’””
This speaks so much!
“…the devil TOOK Him to a very high mountain and showed Jesus ALL the kingdoms of the world…”
TOOK is the key phrase in this share! How did a physically famished; physically disabled secondary to no food or drink have climbed or ‘traveled’ to the highest point and be shown all the kingdoms of the world.
It has been argued on. Is there or was there a mountain high enough to gaze and observe ALL?
Even the second was a step up from the first. The first dealt with basic human needs! Hunger, a personal and individual temptation. When Moses and Elijah completed their fast’s it is not stated what condition they were in!
In this case we are told. Not only that but they hinge on what we face today.
How am I going to eat? Work, borrow, beg, steal… we need to make the choice. How will you make it through the day?
In the second temptation “Jump down…for The Word says…” Satan twisted The Word!
Satan was created with wisdom! As one of the highest angel’s in the hierarchy of angels; satan was blessed with so much!
He was able to use his character to decieve Man in the garden (we have and will discuss the possible locations of the garden of Eden. Very stimulating conversation it will lead to…as a ‘teaser’ – Among those that consider it to have been real, there have been various suggestions for its location: at the head of the Persian Gulf, in southern Mesopotamia (now Iraq) where the Tigris and Euphrates rivers run into the sea; and in Armenia.)
But, we roam from our focus!
“Casting ALL your anxieties on God through Jesus, because He cares for you.”
- 1 Peter 5:7
The reason I do not share images of the story is that most are illustrated wrong! The devil was created in beauty by Love. This was not taken from him. Yes! he was cast from Heaven still retaining what Lucifer was blessed with.
important bit of information all believers need to remember concerning the nature of Satan and his work. Paul tells us in today’s passage that the Devil “disguises himself as an angel of light” (v. 14). Of course, Satan and his minions are often the direct source of much of the outright perversity and evil that we see on this planet. However, since he is the “father of lies” (John 8:44), the Evil One would much rather approach us in the guise of something good and not something wicked. If he came at us blatantly, Satan would be easy to resist. We are more likely to embrace his lies if he approaches us under the guise of the good.
With respect to his influence on believers, the Adversary comes at us to accuse us and tempt us. The Devil can often appear to us as an angel of light when he works to accuse us. The story of Job gives a good example of the accusatory nature of Satan. Appearing before God on His throne, Satan once accused Job of being upright only because the Lord had blessed him (Job 1:6–11). In like manner, the Devil likes to remind us of our sin, to tell us the Father cannot possibly love us because we always serve Him with mixed motives. This work is very hard to distinguish from the work of the Holy Spirit, who convicts us of our wickedness and makes us feel the pain of offending God as well as the terrible sense that we are absent from His presence. Yet the Holy Spirit always wounds us so that He may bring healing and restoration with the Father (Ps. 147:1–3). Satan’s work of accusation only keeps us away from God and paralyzes us with the horror of sin, preventing us from serving the Lord and others. This is why we must remember God’s grace in the Gospel. True, every sin is deeply offensive to the Lord, but in light of our justification (Rom. 8:31–39) no charge can be laid against us. When we repent, God really does forgive us.
In this share, Satan took Jesus to these places
God cares, Jesus cares, The Holy Spirit cares for reasons that are evident. God sees ALL, Jesus lived this life, The Holy Spirit is within you if you invite The Spirit in.
is very important to understand who our adversary the Devil is, and what he is able to do. We must be careful not to attribute to him abilities and honors that belong to God and Him alone. The Bible says the following about the limitations of the Devil.
- Not Opposite Of God
Though he would like people to think so, he is not the opposite of God. God is all-powerful, everywhere present, and all-knowing. Satan is none of these. He does not have unlimited power, he cannot be everywhere at once, and he does not know everything. He is a created, limited being. He depends upon God for his existence.
- Approaches As A Subordinate
When Satan approached God, he did not come as an equal, but rather as a subordinate.
Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them (Job 1:6).
- Cannot Tempt Without God’s Permission
Satan was unable to tempt Jesus without the permission of the Holy Spirit.
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil (Matthew 4:1).
He also could not tempt Job without God’s permission.
And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.” So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD (Job 1:12).
- Cannot Influence Nature Without God’s Permission
When it came to influencing nature, Satan was not able to do it without God’s permission.
And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he has is in your power; only upon himself put not forth your hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord. . . . While he [a servant] was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and has burned up the sheep and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell you. and, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell you (Job 1:12,16,19).
- Cannot Physically Harm Without God’s Permission
When Satan wanted to physically harm Job, he had to first ask God’s permission.
The LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the LORD, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” The LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man who fears God and turns away from evil. He still persists in his integrity, although you incited me against him, to destroy him for no reason.” Then Satan answered the LORD, “Skin for skin! All that people have they will give to save their lives. But stretch out your hand now and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face.” The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, he is in your power” (Job 2:2-6).
- Kill Without God’s Permission
Satan cannot take a human life without first getting God’s permission.
The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, he is in your power; only spare his life” (Job 2:6).
The Bible does say that Satan has the power of death.
Since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death, that is, the Devil (Hebrews 2:14).
However this does not mean that he has the ultimate authority to cause people to die, only God has that authority.
- Cannot Touch At All Without God’s Permission
Satan cannot even touch a believer without the permission of God. Satan complained to the Lord about this.
Have you not put a fence around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land (Job 1:10).
God has placed a fence around each believer protecting them from the Devil.
We know that those who are born of God do not sin, but the one who was born of God protects them, and the evil one does not touch them (1 John 5:18).
- Cannot Mention Believer’s Name Without Permission
We also discover that Satan cannot even mention the name of Job until God allows him to do so.
And the Lord said unto Satan, have you considered My servant Job? for there is none like him in the earth, a blameless and an upright man, one that fears God, and turns away from evil. He still holds fast his integrity, although you moved Me against him, to destroy him without cause (Job 2:3).
- Cannot Force Believers To Do Anything
In addition, Satan has no power unless it be granted him by God. Those who have trusted in Jesus Christ have been freed from the authority of the Devil. God said.
to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me (Acts 26:18).
Satan, therefore has no authority over the believer.
- Cannot Read Our Thoughts
Because he is a created being, Satan cannot read our thoughts. He is not all-knowing like the LORD. It is God alone that knows everything – including our thoughts.
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable (Isaiah 40:28).
then hear in heaven Your dwelling place, forgive, act, and render to all whose hearts You know – according to all their ways, for only You know what is in every human heart – (1 Kings 8:39)
The LORD knows our thoughts (Psalm 94:11).
Jesus, who is the LORD, also knew people’s thoughts.
But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? (Matthew 9:4)
The lack of being able to know our thoughts is another limitation in the character of Satan.
- Does Not Know The Future
Only God knows what is going to occur in the future.
Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure’ (Isaiah 46:9,10).
Neither Satan, angels, or demons know what will happen next.
- Does Not Know What We Dreamed
Only someone speaking through the power of God can know what people dream.
Daniel answered the king, “No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or diviners can show to the king the mystery that the king is asking, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and He has disclosed to King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen at the end of days. Your dream and the visions of your head as you lay in bed were these” (Daniel 2:27,28).
Satan has no such power.
- He Is A Coward
In spite of all his bluster and rage, he is a coward. The Bible says:
Be subject therefore unto God; but resist the Devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7).
- Believers Are Victorious
Scripture says that believers are ultimately victorious.
But thanks be unto God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and makes manifest through us the savor of His knowledge in every place (2 Corinthians 2:14).
Without God’s permission, Satan is not able to do anything. He cannot create or search the human heart. Therefore the conflict between God and Satan is not really a struggle between two great equal and opposing powers with the outcome still in doubt. All power and authority belongs to God and Him alone.
Be blessed in Jesus’ name, Amen.