Day 13 | Angels Ministered
November 10, 2015 - WEEK TWO
Philips Augustijn Immenraet, Jesus is Tempted, [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsDAILY READING
CONSIDER AS YOU READ
- Do you feel closer to the Lord when you understand that He endured temptation?
- When are you most vulnerable to temptation? How do you protect against vulnerability?
- Have you ever tried to quote scripture to Satan in overcoming temptation? Are you armed with the scriptures you need?
What were those temptations? When Satan said, “Command these stones to be made bread,” be was appealing to the appetite. He knew that Jesus was hungry, that He was physically weak, and thought that by pointing to those little lime stones which resemble somewhat a Jewish loaf of bread, he could awaken a desire to eat….
Satan then tried Him in another way. He dared him—an appeal to His pride, to His vanity, quoted scripture to support his temptation, for remember the devil can find scripture for his purpose, and “an evil soul producing holy witnesses is like a villain with a smiling cheek, a goodly apple rotten at the heart. Oh, what a goodly outside falsehood has.” But the Savior answered him in terms of scripture, “It is also written, thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.”
What was the third? An appeal to His love of power, domain, wealth, “All these, (the kingdoms of the world and the glory thereof), I will give you,” said the tempter, “if you will only fall down and worship me.”…
Now, nearly every temptation that comes to you and me comes in one of those forms. Classify, them, and you will find that under one of those three nearly every given temptation that makes you and me spotted, ever so little maybe, comes to us as (1) a temptation of the appetite: (2) a yielding to the pride and fashion and vanity of those alienated from the things of God; or (3) a gratifying of the passion, or a desire for the riches of the world, or power among men (David O. McKay, “Unspotted from the World,” Conference Report, October 1911, 79–80).
QUESTIONS FOR YOUNGER DISCIPLES
- Why did Jesus fast for 40 days?
- Which of the temptations would have been hardest for you to overcome?