ESOCS Devotional 30 April 2023
“But Jesus said to him, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’” Luke 4:34
TEXT: LUKE 4:1-13
4 Then Jesus, full of and controlled by the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led in [by] the [Holy] Spirit
2 For (during) forty days in the wilderness (desert), where He was tempted (tried, tested exceedingly) by the devil. And He ate nothing during those days, and when they were completed, He was hungry.
3 Then the devil said to Him, If You are the Son of God, order this stone to turn into a loaf [of bread].
4 And Jesus replied to him, It is written, Man shall not live and be sustained by (on) bread alone but by every word and expression of God.
5 Then the devil took Him up to a high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the habitable world in a moment of time [in the twinkling of an eye].
6 And he said to Him, To You I will give all this power and authority and their glory (all their magnificence, excellence, preeminence, dignity, and grace), for it has been turned over to me, and I give it to whomever I will.
7 Therefore if You will do homage to and worship me [just once], it shall all be Yours.
8 And Jesus replied to him, Get behind Me, Satan! It is written, You shall do homage to and worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve.
9 Then he took Him to Jerusalem and set Him on a gable of the temple, and said to Him, If You are the Son of God, cast Yourself down from here;
10 For it is written, He will give His angels charge over you to guard and watch over you closely and carefully;
11 And on their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.
12 And Jesus replied to him, [The Scripture] says, You shall not tempt (try, test exceedingly) the Lord your God.
13 And when the devil had ended every [the complete cycle of] temptation, he [temporarily] left Him [that is, [h]stood off from Him] until another more opportune and favorable time.
Our Lord Jesus fasted for 40 days and the devil tempted Him with different temptations. The devil is a clever strategist. He knew our Lord was hungry after that while in the wilderness. The first temptation he came up with was food. He knew our Lord was capable of turning the stones into bread. However, what he actually wanted Him to do was to engage in the sin of showmanship, which is against the kingdom principle of humility and self-effacement. Later on in His lifestyle, our Lord began to teach us to do all things to the glory of the Father alone. Any other attitude is carnal; and against God.
Food is necessary for the nourishment of the body; but the word of God is the necessary nutrient the soul and the spirit need. Without it, we would be completely lost in this dark world of sin. Sin would separate us from God; and He would reject us. The word of God gives us direction on how to live our lives successfully to God’s glory and our wellbeing. It would make us “wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 3:15).The psalmist describes it appropriately, when he says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Ps. 119:105). Job says, “I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than necessary food” (Job 23:12).
The word of God would teach us how to become holy. It would give us the knowledge we need to succeed in our endeavours, careers, and businesses; and live a prosperous life, lacking nothing.
We should continually search the scriptures to imbibe the teachings and precepts. It would change our outlook to life, as we understand the deep things of God. It would help to make us clean; and remove our minds from the pleasures of this present world. Our Lord said to His disciples, “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you”(Jn. 15:3). We would also be clean if we apply the word of God to our lives. That was what the apostles did. As followers of Christ, let us learn to live a life of practical Christianity
Our Lord has told us in very simple language that we should live “by every word of God”. This is a most desirable thing to do. Let us develop hunger for it. The distractions around us may try to suppress this urge in us. We should resist it. If we do not crave for it, we will not search for it; and we will not find it either. Therefore, we will not live by it. In the end, we would become grand losers. This would not be too good for us.
- What is your personal relationship with God?
- Search the scriptures and list out God’s will for you in your lifestyle.
- Pray that the Holy Spirit may teach you the deep things of God continually.
FURTHER READING: Exodus 12:15-28; Jeremiah 26:1-9; Matthew 25:1-13; 25:14- end
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ESOCS Devotional 30 April 2023