By Arla, Jun 18 2020 01:00AM
Satan now "wows" Jesus with a show of power, transporting him to the highest point of the temple. Still in disguise, Satan compliments Jesus' faith and invites him to prove God by putting His word to the test.
"If you are the son of God, throw yourself down from here for it is written, 'He shall give His angels charge over you to keep you'..." he quotes scripture!* But the twist he gives it shows his true identity...Go ahead, push God to prove Himself and His Messiah--wow Israel into believing you. Again he insinuates that Jesus is not God's son.
Jesus knows that the true motive of testing God is unbelief. God had already given evidence of His love and approval. Asking for proof would be doubting what He'd already done and said.
So responding, Jesus cites Exodus 17, where Israel tested God after having evidence of His care, "It is also written, do not put the Lord your God to the test." Using God's words or His love to back your self-serving behavior is not faith. It's presumption. It presumes God will tolerate evil. He may or may not for now, but evil changes you. Doubt gives evil entrance.
If God allows you to be tested, He has a reason for your good, don't doubt Him...He's refining the gold in your character. An escape is ready--and it is giving thanks for God's love and care. No matter how things look. He still loves and cares.**
God asks us to trust because He loves us, to ask for proof proves unbelief.
Matthew 4: 5-7, Luke 4:5-10 *Psalm 91:11-12 Notice he stops before verse 13--giving us power over him! **1Corinthians 10:13