Daily Devotion For Sunday March 05, 2017

March 5

March 5

Matthew 4: 1-11

Then Jesus was led by the spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: Man does not live by bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Then the devil took him the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“He will command his angels concerning you and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”

Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.”

Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

The main point of this passage appears to be that Jesus (and we) are tempted by the devil (or circumstances or uncertainty) to get God to prove his love, existence, power, etc. If you want the angels to attend you, believe in and serve the Lord, your God.

Dear Lord,
You remind us that even Jesus had temptations trying to pull him away from you; we need to serve you only; we cannot seek earthly luxuries or cruelties and serve God. We need to make conscious decisions to follow your laws and path. We can be at one with the angels and God when we serve and obey and follow Jesus. Amen
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