Pardon my sanctified imagination, but I have often thought of the temptation of Jesus as a sword fight, because of the analogy the Bible as a sword in Hebrews 4:12. Satan attacks with a sudden thrust. Jesus defends with appropriate Scripture. Then the devil attacks with a verse from the Bible (of all the nerve)! Jesus again defends with Scripture. Satan appeals to Jesus for His worship in response to being promised all the kingdoms of the earth. Jesus triumphantly parries Satan with Scripture again and Satan had to flee. Wow! Talk about an epic sword fight! That was it! The souls of all humanity were in the balance. He was tempted to forego His opportunity to pay for our sins. If Christ had lost that spiritual sword fight, you and I would be without hope. He would have lost the same way Adam did in Genesis chapter three. However, Christ was more than a match for the devil. Jesus won a decisive victory. He rejected all the temptations that were pointed at Him, even though He was “tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin.”
The Bible indicates that the Word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword and that it can cut so clean, fine, and accurately that it can divide the thoughts of man from the intentions of man. It can help us to be discerning about what people are doing and what they really want.
Not only does the Word of God act as a defensive weapon, it is also used by God as a scalpel. With it He does divine surgery on those of us who know Him. That’s how He brings conviction to the saved and the lost, and that’s why we should continue to read the Bible. He does tremendous work in our lives when we read His Word.
- Dr. Darryl -