Our enemy is not ignorant about the Word of God. After all, he is a fallen angel. This is one of the reasons we need to study the Word in its proper context and ask for the Spirit to help us in our understanding. Our world is filled with Instagram posts, sermons, and YouTube videos sharing messages that may seem biblical on the surface, but upon further examination, are not.
If we look at Jesus’ temptation by Satan in the desert, we see the importance of not only knowing the Word, but knowing God and his heart behind it. Satan first tries to appeal to Jesus’ physical need — his hunger. Jesus uses the Word in his denial of the temptation, so in Satan’s second attempt, he tries to get Jesus to pick up his deity and show his power. But this time, he also uses the Word, twisting it to try to manipulate Jesus.
“If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” (Matthew 4:6 NIV)
But Jesus knows the Word and the Father too well to fall for Satan’s schemes. He answers, “It is also written: ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test’” (Matthew 4:7).
Although none of us will ever know God or his Word better than Jesus, the good news is this: He sent us a Helper, the Holy Spirit. And when we’re in doubt about whether something is true, he will help us. He gives us discernment and is the voice in our ear, pointing us to the right or the left (Isaiah 30:21).
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