A Layman's Commentary on the Gospel of Luke - Lesson III, Part III

 


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Verse 5. Satan provides Jesus with a vision of all the kingdoms of the world in a moment.

Verses 6, 7. The devil declares that he controls all of these kingdoms. Since Jesus has come to form a kingdom, Satan can immediately provide Him with all of these. This tempts Jesus to avoid the path of suffering, rejection, and death. Though only within the overruling and permissive will of God did Satan actually have power - and only to the extent that people surrender by sin to the evil one. Satan’s claim that he can turn over power to whoever he pleases is another half truth - only God has that power.

Verse 8. Jesus rejects the temptation and commands Satan to leave - Jesus closes the argument by again quoting Holy Scripture (Deuteronomy 6:13), thus acknowledging the absolute authority of the Word of God. This is the strength and guide of His life as Man. Jesus doesn’t argue with the crafty one. He gives the father of lies a final dose of Truth. That closes the question. This shows those who looked for an earthly Messiah that Jesus was not here for that - ensuring His rejection by the majority of the Jewish nation.

Verses 9-11. Here a further temptation. Jesus is taken in spirit to a high pinnacle of the temple - again trying to cause doubt. Satan suggests that if Jesus cast Himself down, God would send His angels to preserve Him (quoted from 91:11,12). Satan leaves out the words “…in all they ways. ”

Verse 12. Jesus rejects any suggestion that He should test the faithfulness of God by putting Himself in such a selfish unlawful danger. To test God thus foolishly proves that one does not trust God completely. Jesus does not argue - don’t argue with a liar - just give him a dose of Truth. Deuteronomy 6:16 - “Ye shall not tempt the Lord your God, ” to see how far you can go. All these temptations were to draw Jesus from God’s Will.

Verse 13. “When the devil had ended every kind of temptation he departed until a suitable time. ” - Alternate translation. Lesson to be learned - Our Saviour was victorious over the most extreme and malicious attacks of Satan - even those in the Garden of Gethsemane. He has conquered Satan - What should we be afraid of - darts, small temptations or large? Through Jesus are we also conquerors. Scripture remains the best defense against anything Satan can invent to draw us away from the will of God.

The author taught from the Gospel of Luke at Paran Baptist Church on Highway 341 / Johnsonville Hwy in Lake City, South Carolina. This commentary is based on the notes he took in preparation for the lessons. He now enjoys spending his time with his family, and at his downtown art studio on 118 Sauls St. , Lake City, South Carolina. The above lesson on the Gospel of Luke was excerpted from his online Holy Bible Commentaries .

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