WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2017
Key Bible Verse: He humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. (Philippians 2:8)
Dig Deeper: Philippians 2:5-11
Satan takes one last crack at it: “Bow down to me, and I will give you the kingdoms of the world.” Turn from your Father, and you can have it all. This is a test of worship. The irony is this: Jesus already has it all; the kingdoms of the world are destined for his inheritance. He will be exalted by his Father as Lord of the world—but he will do this through sacrificial love, giving his life for us. The problem is not what Satan offers, but how he offers it. Satan offers the kingdom without the cross.
So Jesus again quotes Moses: “Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.” Once more, this also comes from Israel in the wilderness. She bowed down to the golden calf, to goat idols, worshipping other gods. And it didn’t stop when she came out of the wilderness. Throughout her history, Israel looked to Baal and Molech, the starry hosts and the gods of the nations, to provide when she feared God would forsake her. Jesus, in contrast, worships God alone.
Jesus [succeeds] where Israel failed [and] Adam and Eve failed and where we fail: we don’t trust God; we bail at the first sign of trouble; we want to rule the earth on our own and live without God.
– Joshua Ryan Butler in The Pursuing God
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