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We Shall Worship God. A Commentary on Matthew 4:10

Then said Jesus to him, Get you hence, Satan: for it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.

Matthew 4:10

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

When the Lord Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, He defeated Satan in only three sentences, which showed the authority and power of God’s word. When Satan tempted the Lord for the third time, it showed the glory of all the kingdoms in the world to the Lord Jesus and asked Him to worship it. From this situation we can see Satan is despicable and shameless, because everything was created by God and belongs to God. However, in order to tempt the Lord, Satan actually said such absurd words. It is clear that Satan is without self-knowledge, much less has reverence for God. God’s word says, “We see Satan’s evil and shamelessness in its speech. So if man worshiped Satan, what would the conclusion be? Would they receive the wealth and glory of all of the kingdoms? (No.) What would they receive? Would mankind become just as shameless and laughable as Satan? (Yes.) They would be no different from Satan then. Therefore, the Lord Jesus said this phrase which is important for each and every person: ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve,’ which states that except for the Lord, except for God Himself, if you serve another, if you worship Satan the devil, then you wallow in the same filth as Satan. You would then share Satan’s shamelessness and its evil, and just like Satan you would tempt God and attack God. Then what would your end be? You would be loathed by God, struck down by God, and destroyed by God, isn’t that right? After Satan had tempted the Lord Jesus several times without success, did it try again? Satan did not try again and then it left. What does this prove? It proves that Satan’s evil nature, its malice, and its absurdity and preposterousness is not worth a mention before God because the Lord Jesus defeated Satan in only three sentences, after which it scurried away with its tail between its legs, too ashamed to show its face again, and it never tempted Him again. …” We can see God’s word is of the utmost importance for Christians. In our daily life, we always encounter Satan’s temptations, such as money, fame and status, which make us stray from God and struggle by our own hands. But we seldom realize that the fate of the whole mankind is controlled by God’s hand, God knows our needs and has prepared everything for us. Therefore, as a Christian, what we should do is to honor God as great, act according to God’s word and obey God’s orchestrations and arrangements. This way, we will be able to rely on God and see through Satan’s trickery.

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