Thursday, July 30, 2020

The Last Word

"And the devil said to Him, "If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread."
But Jesus answered him, saying, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word of God.'"
Luke 4:3-4 (NKJV) 

Have you ever had a conversation with someone where it seemed that they were determined to have the last word?  You may have even done this yourself and been that person who always had something that they wanted to say after the other person was done speaking.  Usually this is a negative thing, and just trying to be the person who has the final word for the sake of having the last word is not good, but it could very well be that it was necessary for you or the other person to have that last word to finish the conversation in the right way.

In Luke 4:1-13 we see Jesus in the wilderness being tempted by the devil.  The Bible tells us that Jesus was tempted in the same ways that we are tempted and Jesus did not sin (Hebrews 4:15).  Jesus successfully dealt with the devil and temptation, so if we want to overcome when we are tempted and face difficult situations, what Jesus did should be the pattern that we follow.  Why was Jesus successful in dealing with the devil?  Jesus was successful because He spoke God’s Word and made sure that it was the last word in the situation.

When we see the devil coming to Jesus with a temptation, like in Luke 4:4, it says “Jesus answered him”.  Every time the devil came against Him with something, Jesus always had an answer, Jesus always had the last word, and Jesus always spoke God’s Word.  Obviously, Jesus knew the Scriptures, and He must have known them quite well, or else Jesus would not have had an answer for what the devil said.  We too need to be sure we know the Word of God so that no matter what temptation or situation comes our way we know what the last word from God’s Word needs to be.

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