International Charismatic Bible Church (ICBC), Finland Weekly Newsletter
The Testimony of the Psalms (XIII)
It has been detailed in the past discussions, that Jesus Christ is revealed in the book of Psalms. His encounter with the devil on the mountain was foreseen by Psalms. A scripture that was used by the devil to tempt Jesus is found in Psalms. This scripture is discussed in this piece of writing.
The temptation of Christ
It is read that the devil took Jesus to the holy city and made Him stand on a pinnacle of the temple and said unto Him:
"If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands, they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God" (Mat 4:5-7, Luk 4:10).
These words of the devil were taken from the book of Psalms, where it is written:
"For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone" (Psa 91:11-12).
The above scripture speaks of God´s protection for all His children but the devil´s use of this particular scripture, to tempt Jesus, is not a mere coincidence. God intentionally put it in the Bible to fulfill this same purpose. As Jesus affirms, "all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me" (Luk 24:44).
Satan: the father of lies
The scriptures that promise or assure believers of God´s protection are dependable and trustworthy, but the devil used this deceptively with the intention to terminate the life of Christ and His mission on earth. He intended to influence Jesus to obey him and to cause Him harm. Jesus knew that the devil is a liar and the father of lies (Joh 8:44) because he has been lying from the beginning. Jesus was not outwitted by the enemy because He knew him from the beginning. Believers must be wiseif they would ever defeat the devil and his stratagems. Paul writes that we are not ignorant of the devices of Satan so he cannot get an advantage of us (2Co 2:11).
It is worth noting that every word, phrase, or a sentence in the Bible has a purpose to fulfill. The Psalms have written a lot about the Messiah as Christ Jesus attests. The devil´s words used to tempt Jesus was not directly written to be used by the enemy, but it was also written so that the devil might use it to purport his agenda.
Prayer: May the Lord God protect our feet from slipping and cause us to know the strategies of the enemy so that we could defeat him, and his ways, and give us to overcome him as Jesus did. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. AMEN!