Devotional – Matthew 4

Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, “‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and “‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

It has been said that even the Devil can quote Scripture. That has been clarified by another with the statement that he can misquote Scripture. In this text Satan is attempting to get Jesus to throw himself of the pinnacle of the temple into the valley below and to prove that no harm would come to Jesus he pulls a passage out from Psalm 91, verses 11 and 12. This is a promise of God, these are words that Jesus could say speak about himself so why can’t he just claim the promise and take a flying leap? The answer is in the fact that the Devil has actually misquoted the verse. He left out a very critical piece that would make it clear that Jesus was not to use this verse to be cavalier about his safety. He left out the words: “To keep you in all your ways.” The command of the angels were there to keep or protect Jesus as he did the will of God, as he remained in the perfect plan of God. As Jesus did what the Father commanded then no harm would come to him. Look through the gospels and you’ll see this to be true. There were many times when the crowds picked up stones to cast at Jesus, but he walked through their midst and escaped their threats. There is a great lesson to be learned here. This trick of the Devil is being used all the time in many churches today. Certain men are quoting verses from the Bible that they claim are relevant to the topic they are preaching about, but when you look back at the verse in its context you would come to realize that the verse is not saying what they are saying. Sometimes this can be done unintentionally, but in the majority of the cases its being done with full knowledge of twisting the Bible. This kind of Bible twisting that distorts the Word of God to make it say whatever you want it to say is satanic. Be cautious my friends because not all preachers are giving you the true Word of God. Test them, test their preaching, test their claims and remember to use the number one method of biblical discernment – context, context, context.

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