The second temptation comes as Satan tries to get Jesus to put God to the test. He takes Jesus up to the top of the Temple and tells him to throw himself down just to see if God will really protect him. Jesus once again quotes scripture saying, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” This is a quote from Deuteronomy 6:16 (NRSV). Finally Satan takes Jesus up on a high mountain top and shows him the world. Satan tells Jesus that he will give the entire world to him if Jesus will simply bow down and worship him. Again Jesus responds by quoting scripture as he says, ““Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’” This is a quote from Exodus 25:23a (NRSV). And with that, Satan went away and the author of Matthew’s Gospel writes that the angels came and took care of Jesus.
This is such an important lesson for us today. Satan is still alive and well and he knows our weaknesses. Satan comes at us hard and quick with all kinds of temptations. The best way we can avoid these temptations is to be fully aware of Satan working among us. When we are tempted, and believe me you will be tempted, the best way to handle those is to rely on God’s Words. Study your Bible, go to church with other Christians and learn from them and be prepared for anything and everything Satan hurls at you. Temptations are sure to come, just be prepared for them when they do and you too can and will survive them! Amen.