Luke 4:8 (NASB)
Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’”
Luke informs the reader that Jesus is talking to the Devil. (8a)
Luke informs the reader that Jesus is quoting what is written from the Torah. (8b)
Luke informs the reader that Jesus quotes that one shall worship the Lord. (8c)
Luke informs the reader that Jesus calls the Lord your God. (8d)
Luke informs the reader that Jesus quotes that God is to be served. (8e)
Luke informs the reader that Jesus quotes that God is to be served only. (8f)
Commentary: Luke reveals to us that Jesus did not entertain the Devil with His own thoughts, but used the written words of the Bible to combat the attacks, schemes, and false promises of the enemy. The Devil will attack us in our weakest of moments as he tried with Jesus after he had fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. When we are confronted with temptation, we can draw strength from the Word of God and use it against our adversary. We cannot eliminate temptation, but we certainly have a weapon against it.
Living Word OP(portunity):
- When you face evil, is evil comfortable or confronted?
- Is your worship coming from what you witness or what is written?
- How might the memorization of scripture be helpful in any situation?
- How often do you share personal episodes of your life with God? If infrequent, why?
- What has come up that you believe may be taking away from your quality time with God?