reply to post by windword
The word Devil & Satan....means tempter, slanderer in Hebrew. The Greek di‧a′bo‧los means “slanderer.” In Ancient Chinese, the word for
Tempter is drawn with two trees in a garden....which perhaps is a throw back to the Eden account and Eve being tempted.
According to the very first book of the Bible in Genesis....Satan turned from being an angel of God to a resistor and slanderer. He called God a liar
and told Eve that she "positively would not die" as God had warned as a consequence of disobedience. He questioned the Creator's right to rule
mankind.... from thereon the question remained "could mankind rule himself without his Creator?"
For this act God immediately set in motion a plan for mankind to be redeemed from this curse of sin and death given to the first human parents and
their offspring. "(Genesis 3:15) . . .And I shall put enmity between you and the woman and between your seed and her seed. He will bruise you in the
head and you will bruise him in the heel.” That seed eventually became Jesus whose line is traced back to Adam & Eve through the writings of the
Bible. To weigh the scales of justice Jesus was created by a seed of God planted in Mary a woman....and he was therefore without human imperfection
but created perfect as had our first human parents
As soon as Jesus was baptised his commission was to preach to mankind but also to sacrifice his life.Therefore Jesus would have had to be fully
tempted by the Devil & Satan & have remained faithful to God for his sacrifice to pay the price for mankind's sin. A perfect life for a perfect life
Jesus went to the Wilderness to pray & fast..... Satan attacked him when he would have been in a weak state because of fasting for so long. Firstly by
tempting him to releive his hunger physically. Eve gave in to Satan's devices.....whereas Jesus remained loyal.
It is interesting that Satan offered Jesus ultimate power over all the kingdoms(governments) of the world ie global domination, if he would just do
one act of worship to him. Surely Satan was showing that it was HE that was contolling the world powers otherwise they would not have been his to
offer to Jesus, if he didn't own them. Later Satan used these human rulers to put Jesus to death ie "bruise him in the heel" .
It is clear that the Devil taunted God over his triumph with Eve and said that No man would serve God faithfully for nothing... In the account of
(Job 1:1) . . ."There happened to be a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job; and that man proved to be blameless and upright, and fearing God
and turning aside from bad" Satan taunted God & suggested that mankind would only serve their Creator for selfish reasons. (Job 1:9-11) . "At that
Satan answered Jehovah and said: “Is it for nothing that Job has feared God? 10 Have not you yourself put up a hedge about him and about his house
and about everything that he has all around? The work of his hands you have blessed, and his livestock itself has spread abroad in the earth. 11 But,
for a change, thrust out your hand, please, and touch everything he has [and see] whether he will not curse you to your very face.”
We are told that God did indeed allow Satan to take away all Job's blessings & he suffered terribly, yet he remained faithful to God & refused to
curse him. Later God protected Job & blessed him even more. As Proverbs 27:11 states . . ."Be wise, my son, and make my heart rejoice, that I may
make a reply to him that is taunting me"
That taunter is Satan the Devil...(1 Peter 5:6-10) . . ."Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt YOU in due
time; 7 while YOU throw all YOUR anxiety upon him, because he cares for YOU. 8 Keep YOUR senses, be watchful. YOUR adversary, the Devil, walks about
like a roaring lion, seeking to devour [someone]. 9 But take YOUR stand against him, solid in the faith, knowing that the same things in the way of
sufferings are being accomplished in the entire association of YOUR brothers in the world. 10 But, after YOU have suffered a little while, the God of
all undeserved kindness, who called YOU to his everlasting glory in union with Christ, will himself finish YOUR training, he will make YOU firm, he
will make YOU strong"
I would therefore conclude that Jesus account of being tempted by the Devil would like other accounts was indeed accurate because it fulfilled
prophecy also...if this and the other accounts were all tosh why would the Apostles & 1st Century Christians be willing to die at the hands of the
Romans for simply fairy stories? Some of these would have personally known Jesus &/or his disciples. Josephus & Roman writers attest to many many
Christians being cruelly taunted & put to death by their Roman captors without mercy. . Hard to imagine facing that & worse still perhaps watching
your family die all because of made up falsehoods!
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