Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Get Thee Hence
Pastor Jerry was ministering
on Temptation; which is dangerous, enticing and often is the extra desert.
Most of us have played hooky,
called in sick, fudged on our income tax; there are the trivial temptations and
those to the extreme.
Temptation takes us from a
place of safety to danger.
tempted to get into things that mother says not to touch.Some lessons are learned the painful way.
Pastor gave an illustration
when he was 16 and a group of he and his friends rode their bikes down to the
river.An electrical station was there
with a high fence and warning signs of danger NO Admittance.
encouraged him to climb up and go over the barbed wire and then let them
inside.He managed to get to the top,
but then he slid and the wire cut his new blue jeans and his leg.He still has a scar about 18 inches long on
his left leg.He remembers that his
mother was more concerned about his new torn jeans than his bleeding leg.
We are aware of the story of
creation, Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 and how God told Adam and Eve to eat of any
tree in the garden, except "The
Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil."They were forbidden to even touch that tree.
There are many decisions
about Good and Evil and the consequences of certain choices.If those decisions brought tragedy to us, more
often than naught we reach out to blame others, as Adam and Eve did.
In some cultures the serpent
is given importance.For instance the
symbol of the medical profession is a serpent on a pole.Another thought is the serpent represents long life because it sheds its skin each year.rebirth and fertility because it annually
sheds its skin.
Children test their parents
and authority and consider, “What harm could one bite do?”
Fast forward to the
Temptation of Jesus in Matthew 4:1-11
Jesus had previously been baptized by John and then spent 40 days
fasting in the wilderness.He was tired
and hungry and Satan appeared as an angel of Light to entice and tempt him
Satan used silky words, “Do
as you please, it will be good for you, you need this!”
Jesus moved away from the
abyss and walked away.
In each instance, Jesus knew
who he WAS, and he used Scripture to defeat Satan and then angels came and
ministered to Jesus.Jesus passed the
test and did not succumb in defeat as did Adam and Eve.
Each of us when tempted must
realize “Who WE are and WHOSE we are.”