posted on Aug, 19 2011 @ 03:44 PM
This comes from the story of the temptation of Jesus, as recorded in Matthew chapter 4.
My conclusions are based on what or who Jesus understood Satan to be. I've therefore found a Jewish description, from someone who should have some
A Little Bit About Me
My name is Mordechai Housman. I live in a very Jewish village in New York State. I am Hassidic, a fifth-generation Karlin-Stolin Chosid by patrilineal
descent, though my ancestors on both sides have been Chassidim of various types ever since the Bal Shem Tov's times. (The Bal Shem Tov, born in the
year 1698, was the founder of modern Chassidus.)
. . .
My father's family has been Karlin-Stoliner Chassidim for five generations.
. . .
My father of blessed memory was born in the Old City of Jerusalem, and had his bris milah (Covenant of Circumcision) at the Koisel -- the Western Wall
(back when that was possible, before the Israeli War of Independence -- my father was born in 1927). His father and grandfather lived in Jerusalem.
Before that they lived in Hebron, and before that they came from Hungary over, 150 years ago.
Does Judaism Believe in Satan?
The Christians don't understand how an angel of G-d can try to seduce people to disobey G-d, so they came to the unsupported conclusion that Satan
must have rebelled against G-d.
This is completely contrary to everything Judaism believes. We reject that interpretation entirely.
(then follows a long summary of Willie Wonka with comparison of Wilkinson/Slugworth character)
Christians take Slugworth at face value: a reprehensible competitor who will stop at nothing to undo Wonka. And that's how they view Satan.
Jews do not see it that way, and we never have. Just as Slugworth is really Wilkinson doing what Wonka asked him to do, Satan is also not working for
The temptation of Jesus to be the Messiah, begins at his baptism.
MT 3:16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like
a dove and lighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."
Notice the two characters introduced here: 1) Spirit of God 2) Voice from heaven. If the Spirit had already descended upon Jesus, then the voice must
be from an angel. The words spoken are reminiscent of the messianic verses of Psalm 2
PS 2:7 I will proclaim the decree of the LORD:
He said to me, "You are my Son;
today I have become your Father.
PS 2:8 Ask of me,
and I will make the nations your inheritance,
the ends of the earth your possession.
PS 2:9 You will rule them with an iron scepter;
The third temptation
MT 4:8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 "All this I will give
you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me."
What was being offered by the angel was none other than what Davidic Messianic status offered. Jesus could just as easily done the same that King
David had done, by bowing down to the angel of YHWH, as representative of God.
1CH 21:15 And God sent an angel to destroy Jerusalem. But as the angel was doing so, the LORD saw it and was grieved because of the calamity and said
to the angel who was destroying the people, "Enough! Withdraw your hand." The angel of the LORD was then standing at the threshing floor of Araunah
16 David looked up and saw the angel of the LORD standing between heaven and earth, with a drawn sword in his hand extended over Jerusalem. Then David
and the elders, clothed in sackcloth, fell facedown.
17 David said to God, "Was it not I who ordered the fighting men to be counted? I am the one who has sinned and done wrong. These are but sheep. What
have they done? O LORD my God, let your hand fall upon me and my family, but do not let this plague remain on your people."
No, Jesus did not do what David did, bow down to the angel and worship God through him. Jesus told him to go away. Thus did Jesus reject being
Messiah, and ruler over all the nations of the Earth.
I have read some Jewish commentators who suggest that God and Satan are merely two faces that YHWH presents. Thus can be understood the concept of
YHWH inciting David in 2 Samuel 24:1 and Satan inciting David in 1 Chronicles 21:1. If that were the case, then bowing down to the one would be the
same as bowing to the other. So David took it to be, and so he did.
What I suggest then is that the spirit anointing that Jesus received was greatly more and of different meaning than would be oil anointing from priest
or prophet to sit on a throne and rule the nations of the world.
The anointing of Christ is as much higher than any anointing of Messiah as are the heavens above the mountain of Zion.