The Temptation of the Last Adam

January 2, 2018 at 2:20 pm | Posted in Luke | Leave a comment
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The first Adam (Adam from Genesis, the first human being) failed to obey God. When he was tempted by Satan, and tested, he failed the test. The “last Adam” (Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God) was tempted by Satan also, but He passed the test with flying colors. The contrast is even more striking when we list the advantages that the first Adam had alongside the disadvantages that the last Adam had.

The first Adam’s temptation occurred in a garden paradise. He had access to the unmediated presence of God and ultimate security and safety. The last’s Adam’s temptation took place in a stark and daunting wilderness, a land ravaged by 2000 years of the effects of sin, a land of rocky crags, treacherous pits and ravines, venomous serpents and scorpions, and wild untamed beasts.

The first Adam’s temptation occurred in a place of plentiful nourishment, where both food and water were easily accessible. The last Adam’s temptation occurred after 40 days of fasting and desperate thirst.

The first Adam had the benefit of a helper. Admittedly, Eve proved more of a hindrance than a help, but she still provided human companionship. The last Adam was utterly deprived of human friendship and succor when His temptation began.

Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

Luke 4:2-4 (emphasis added)

I sincerely hope that you are regularly reading the Word of God – especially if you are a Christian – but here Jesus reminded us that, beyond merely reading it, we are supposed to be LIVING by it.

And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.

Luke 4:5-6 (emphasis added)

Here, Satan tempted Jesus with a shortcut to glory. We must soberly ask ourselves: What brings more glory to God – quick blessings or perseverance through suffering?

If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

Luke 4:7-8 (emphasis added)

Many celebrity preachers like to make themselves out to be big bad devil-fighters, blustering about how much they hate him and how he won’t intimidate them and how they’ll trounce him in spiritual battle, but Jesus rebuked Satan with a simple command to, “Get thee behind me.” The way to defeat the devil is to stay close to God. Satan isn’t afraid of the sheep. He’s afraid of the Shepherd. Jesus reminded him that God shall not receive a second-rate worship. He demands our complete and total allegiance and service. Satan is prideful, deceitful, and divisive. He is the one who loves impure mixtures.

And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

Luke 4:9-12 (emphasis added)

Satan partially quoted Psalm 91:11-12 when tempting Christ, but he left out the phrase “in all thy ways.” Our ways are not to fly through the air – at least not without a plane or a parachute!

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