Word’s of Christ from Luke
Passage #2 Lesson 1
It is Written: Man does not live on bread alone Luke 4:4
Our first passage of scripture and the first words spoken with authority by Christ was a mild rebuke of his parents
They rushed into the temple as most parents would, whose twelve-year-old son had been missing for three days. One can almost hear the frantic and somewhat perturbed scolding voices of Joseph and Mary… “Where have you been?”…“We have been worried sick that something tragic could have befallen you.”
Possibly his rebuke was directed more to his mother who had been in the literal presence of his father at his inception.
Perhaps he reasoned she, of all human flesh, should understand his compulsion to be where his father’s presence was most prevailing.
To discuss his father’s words and teachings with men seeped in the knowledge and teachings of his father was like food to a starving man. Surly his mother should understand this.
Christ’s words are extremely more authoritative in this passage. His audience is also unconventional. When last we heard his words he was in “his father’s house” with some of the most dedicated and learned men of faith.
These words are spoken in the desert where Christ has gone forty days without food or water. One can only imagine how weak and vulnerable such conditions would make a normal mortal.
Christ was with the exception of his incarnation just as weakened and vulnerable as any mortal would be.
Satan never fails to use weakness and vulnerability to corrupt men of faith or those with a lack of it.
Satan’s mistake was that while Christ had a mortal body he had a spiritual soul. He was full of the Holy Spirit and was led by the Spirit into this forty day trial by Satan.
Christ’s reply to Satan’s temptation to use his miracle-working power to turn stones to bread came from the most powerful source available to him.
Christ quotes God’s Holy Spirit inspired words from Deuteronomy 8:3. This Old Testament verse is much more powerful and expanded than the words Christ used. But the words he used were from more than an inspired prophet, they came from the Son of God, as Satan was keenly aware.
The words from Deuteronomy show not only the hunger and humbling of the desert wandering Israelites; but the suffering, hunger and the desert surroundings of Christ. The teaching God had in mind for Israel he also had in mind for Christ and Satan.
Christ full of the Holy Spirit was fortified with the words of God. Satan fully condemned and cursed by God could not overpower Christ who was perfect in keeping all his father’s commands.
Christ had other words to strengthen him in his weakness. Job 22:21-23 could have come to mind at some point in the forty days…”Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you… Accept instruction from his mouth and lay up his words in your heart…If you return to the almighty you will be restored; if you remove wickedness far from your tent.
Or perhaps he recalled the words of Psalm 119:9-16…How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word…I seek you with all my heart, do not let me stray from your commands… I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you… Praise be to you O Lord; teach me your decrees… With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth… I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches… I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.. I delight in your decrees, I will not neglect your word.
What delights you? Do you find the presece of God so delightful that you try to find a time and place to experiece the release of anxiety tensions and probems of your daily barrage by a sinful world.
I can tell you from personnal experience there is nothing sweeter than the presence of God and his indwelling Holy Spirit.
I can also tell you that after every spirtual mountain-top experience where the sweet presence and uplifting power of the Holy Spirit refreshed me beyond the normality of life; there was a satanic demon waiting to steal that refreshed and blessed experience from me.
If you are still breathing you too know what it is to have the devil shake your moorings of faith.
Let us follow the example of Christ and learn to use God’s powerful words as our spiritual sword to combat the devil and his demons.