Thoughts on the Kingdom of god – part 2
“Jesus said to him, ‘On the other hand, it is written, “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.”’” Matthew 4:7
The devil has now taken the King to the highest corner of the temple in Jerusalem. That is a spot where everyone can see Him. At this point Satan quotes scriptures to show that God has promised to always protect Jesus. Satan is trying to get Jesus to do something sensational to get public attention and a massive following without going to the cross. If Jesus jumped off, He would be forcing God to do Jesus’ will. The issue again is whose will is the most important? Satan’s implied lie is that Jesus’ will is more important than the Father’s will. Jesus gave an answer that showed that in the Kingdom, God’s will is not to be manipulated. God’s will is to be trusted and obeyed (Matthew 7:21).
Matthew 4:5-7 shows that Satan may lead us to individual scriptures that seem to confirm what we want to happen, but if we seek God’s will with all of our heart, God will reveal balancing truths that will put all of God’s Word in its proper perspective (Matthew 7:7-8).
This brings up another interesting revelation about God. God will allow us to believe a lie if that’s what we want (II Thessalonians2:9-12). But if we continually seek after the Truth, then He promises that He will make sure that we find it.
Blessings in Christ,