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Friday, May 18 2012

Who Is Tempting You?

The English word "temptation" originated from a Latin word, temptare, which meant to test, as in to prove something to be either good or bad. The opposite of temptation, contempt, uses the same root word, but with a prefix that means contrary i.e. contempt means contrary to temptation. As we will read, humans can have either contempt for Satan, or contempt for the LORD, as proven by which "temptation" they choose.

"Tempt" or "temptation" is used to translate a variety of Hebrew and Greek words of the Holy Scriptures. Examples:

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced naw-saw, which means to test

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced maws-saw, which means to try

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced baw-khawn, which means to investigate or to prove

  • the Greek word, pronounced ek-pir-ad-zo, which means to fully test

As written throughout the Holy Scriptures, "temptation" can be for good, to prove righteousness, or for evil, as a lure to corruption. Both originated when the first humans rejected the temptation of the LORD to do good (see The Church In The Garden), by not taking of the one tree that they were not to touch, and instead chose the temptation of Satan, to follow him as a covetous thief and rebel (see Satan's Fall: From Conservative To Liberal).

The "tree of the knowledge of good and evil" served the purpose of tempting, proving, the first humans to be righteous. The LORD didn't create the tree as a temptation to do evil, but as a temptation to do good.

Eden

"2:8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden [see The Garden In Eden]; and there he put the man whom he had formed." (Genesis 2:8 KJV)

"2:15 And the LORD God [see Appearances Of The LORD God] took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him." (Genesis 2:15-18 KJV)

"2:21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man [see The Birth Of The Bride]. 2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed." (Genesis 2:21-25 KJV)

Humans became sinners when they chose to accept the fraud that Satan had to offer, rather than the truth and goodness that the LORD had already offered and provided to them (the point will be explained further as we progress in this study).

"3:1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day [see also The Spirit Of The Breeze]: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. 3:11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?" (Genesis 3:1-11 KJV)

"God did tempt Abraham"

The LORD declared Abraham to be a righteous man, after he was tempted, as in proven (the meaning to the actual word written in the Scriptures), to be so (see Works Means Obedience; also What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?). That began with Abraham's obedience to come out of Babylon (see The Journey From Ur Of The Chaldees) and continued throughout his life. The greatest test ("temptation") for Abraham came when the LORD "did tempt Abraham" with the command to sacrifice his son - a "trial run" that the LORD provided to Abraham.

Abraham's Journey

"21:33 And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on the name of the LORD, the everlasting God. 21:34 And Abraham sojourned in the Philistines' land many days." (Genesis 21:33-34 KJV)

22:1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. 22:2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah [see A History Of Jerusalem: Melchizedek's Salem]; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of." (Genesis 22:1-2 KJV)

The LORD "tempted" (keeping in mind the meanings of the actual original words of the Scriptures) His people, not only to test them, but as an encouragement to do right, "by temptations, by signs, and by wonders."

"4:32 For ask now of the days that are past, which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like it? 4:33 Did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live? 4:34 Or hath God assayed to go and take him a nation from the midst of another nation, by temptations, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by a stretched out arm [see also Christ's Crossing Of The Sea], and by great terrors, according to all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?" (Deuteronomy 4:32-34 KJV)

The "great temptations" that the Israelites were given to witness were provided to give them courage to come out from under the great power of those who held them in slavery, "whereby the LORD thy God brought thee out."

"7:18 Thou shalt not be afraid of them: but shalt well remember what the LORD thy God did unto Pharaoh, and unto all Egypt; 7:19 The great temptations which thine eyes saw, and the signs, and the wonders, and the mighty hand, and the stretched out arm, whereby the LORD thy God brought thee out: so shall the LORD thy God do unto all the people of whom thou art afraid." (Deuteronomy 7:1818-19 KJV)

"Wherefore do ye tempt the LORD?"

When humans defy the LORD, they are "tempting" Him to see how far they can go before they have gone too far. As stated by Moses, "wherefore do ye tempt the LORD?"

Oasis

"17:1 And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys, according to the commandment of the LORD, and pitched in Rephidim: and there was no water for the people to drink. 17:2 Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye tempt the LORD?" (Exodus 17:1-2 KJV)

"17:7 And he called the name of the place Massah, and Meribah, because of the chiding of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the LORD, saying, Is the LORD among us, or not?" (Exodus 17:7 KJV)

Those who "tempted" the LORD, after He had "tempted" them with the ability and encouragement to be free, lost their way to the promised land (see A Journey Without A Destination).

"14:22 Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice; 14:23 Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it" (Numbers 14:22-23 KJV)

How do people "tempt" the LORD? By refusing to "diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee."

"6:16 Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God, as ye tempted him in Massah. 6:17 Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee. 6:18 And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the LORD: that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers" (Deuteronomy 6:16-18 KJV)

Consider the difference when they didn't "tempt" the LORD - by heeding the "temptation" (the display of power over their oppressors) that He had given to them.

"106:8 Nevertheless he saved them for his name's sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known. 106:9 He rebuked the Red sea also, and it was dried up: so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness. 106:10 And he saved them from the hand of him that hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy. 106:11 And the waters covered their enemies: there was not one of them left. 106:12 Then believed they his words; they sang his praise. 106:13 They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel: 106:14 But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. 106:15 And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul." (Psalm 106:8-15 KJV)

Many regard the "Old Testament" to be un-Christian, or even anti-Christian, but the Church began at the creation of the first humans and has continued ever since (see the series of studies beginning with The Church In The Garden). The LORD God who provided the "temptation" to be righteous has always been Jesus Christ ("for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ") and the LORD God that they tempted with their defiance has always been Jesus Christ ("Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents").

Fool's Idol

"10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ [see Christ's Crossing Of The Sea]. 10:5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

10:6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 10:7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 10:8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. 10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. 10:10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.

10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

10:14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. 10:15 I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say. 10:16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? 10:17 For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.

10:18 Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar? 10:19 What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? 10:20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. 10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the LORD table, and of the table of devils." (1 Corinthians 10:1-21 KJV)

"He Himself hath suffered being tempted, He is able to succour them that are tempted"

As we've read, by the time that the LORD God was born as a man, He already had vast experience with being "tempted." But His birth as a human added a new dimension.

Sermon

"2:16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. 2:18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted." (Hebrews 2:16-18 KJV)

For the first time, Satan was able to "tempt" the LORD in the same way that He tempts all humans. The Messiah's statement "Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God" is profoundly dual, considering that Jesus Christ was and is "the LORD God" (see Appearances Of The LORD God).

"4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil [see also Who's Hiding On Your Wall?]. 4:2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God [see Nisan 14: The Messiah's Manna].

4:5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city [see A History Of Jerusalem: Melchizedek's Salem], and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, 4:6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written,

He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

4:7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

4:8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 4:9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

4:11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him." (Matthew 4:1-11 KJV)

Satan then continued his temptations of Christ, through those who had been tempted by Satan - and lost.

The Pharisee and the Publican

"16:1 The Pharisees [see also The Passed Over Pharisees] also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would show them a sign from heaven.

16:2 He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. 16:3 And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? 16:4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas [see The Jonah Prophecies].

And he left them, and departed." (Matthew 16:1-4 KJV)

Their temptation continued, this time regarding the legal matters of divorce. It was answered, by Jesus Christ, by reiterating what He had said, as the LORD God, when the first two humans were created: "For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh."

"19:1 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these sayings, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan [see Beyond Jordan]; 19:2 And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.

19:3 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?

19:4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 19:5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? 19:6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

19:7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?

19:8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. 19:9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery." (Matthew 19:1-9 KJV)

So too, a woman caught in the act of adultery, by the hypocrites who had been committing adultery themselves. The answer was given by the One who had delivered the Commandment against adultery.

Healed

"8:2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. 8:3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, 8:4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. 8:5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? 8:6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

8:7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. 8:8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

8:9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience [see Convictions Of Conscience], went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 8:10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more." (John 8:2-11 KJV)

The temptations of Christ were presented by various routes - some religious, as we've seen, others political i.e. "Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?"

"22:15 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk. 22:16 And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men. 22:17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? [see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars]

22:18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? 22:19 Show me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. 22:20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?

22:21 They say unto him, Caesar's.

Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.

22:22 When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way." (Matthew 22:15-22 KJV)

And then, to top it off, a lawyer "asked him a question, tempting him":

The High Priest's House

"22:34 But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. 22:35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, 22:36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 22:38 This is the first and great commandment. 22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." (Matthew 22:34-40 KJV)

The ultimate temptations of Christ then came as He was about to be Sacrificed: "Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." The Messiah was Sacrificed because He chose to allow it to happen, despite the temptations, not only that He was being subjected to, but to the temptations that were readily available to Him e.g. "26:53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? [see also Legions Of Men And Angels] 26:54 But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be? (Matthew 26:53-54 KJV).

"26:36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. 26:37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. 26:38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.

26:39 And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

26:40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

26:42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.

26:43 And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. 26:44 And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.

26:45 Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners." (Matthew 26:36-45 KJV)

Satan Tempting The Church

The true Church of God are "they which have continued with me in my temptations." Peter and Judas are prime examples of two men who were tempted by Satan, with two very different outcomes. The denial of Christ by Peter was answered with "that thy faith fail not," while the denial of Christ by Judas was answered with "woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed."

Earth

"22:21 But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table. 22:22 And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed! [see The Traitor In History And Prophecy] 22:23 And they began to inquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing.

22:24 And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest [see What Do Leaders Do?]. 22:25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. 22:26 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. 22:27 For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth. 22:28 Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. 22:29 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; 22:30 That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel [see The Church In The Kingdom Of God].

22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat [see Why Was Peter Crucified?]: 22:32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

22:33 And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death.

22:34 And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me." (Luke 22:21-34 KJV)

The famous "Lord's Prayer" has the well-known "lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." That verse has led many to believe that "temptation" is itself evil, but as we've read in this study, "temptation" is only evil when it is Satanic - hence the reason that the verse explains itself with "deliver us from evil." How does the LORD deliver us from evil? As we've read, with the "temptation" to not do evil.

"6:1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. 6:2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6:3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: 6:4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 6:8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye:

Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
6:10 Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.
6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." (Matthew 6:1-15 KJV)

Satan's evil "temptations" begin at the moment that someone comes to know the Truth and to live by it. Paul's epistle to the Galatians was sent for that very reason.

"1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 1:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 1:9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ." (Galatians 1:6-10 KJV)

The Thessalonians also experienced it, "lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain."

"3:4 For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know. 3:5 For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain." (1 Thessalonians 3:4-5 KJV)

The good news is that Satan's power is infinitely less than that of God. Those who choose to reject Satan's temptation are guaranteed to win if they hold to their choice to live (see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners).

The Road To Emmaus

"6:1 Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed. 6:2 And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.

6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. 6:13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; 6:14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: 6:15 Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; 6:16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen." (1 Timothy 6:1-16 KJV)

Consider now the full meaning of "count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations," the righteous over the evil.

"1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 1:3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 1:4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 1:6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 1:7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

1:9 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: 1:10 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. 1:11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.

1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death." (James 1:2-15 KJV)

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This Day In History, May 18

1152: Eleanor, duchess of Aquitaine and recently divorced from King Louis VII of France, married Henry Plantagenet (later Henry II of England) at Poitiers.

1291: The Sultan of Egypt and his son Ashraf took Acre, the last "Christian" stronghold in the "Holy Land" (see Sodom and Egypt and Abomination of Desolation - Where?).

1592: The Tanaka Memorial, Hideyoshi's plan for Japanese world domination was published. It was revived 349 years later prior to the December 1941 attacks on British, Australian and U.S. bases and possessions all across the Pacific and southeast Asia.

1642: Montreal, Quebec was founded. Today, Montreal is the second-largest city in Canada, and the second-largest French-speaking city in the world (second only in population to Paris, France, although Montreal is larger in area).

1756: England declared war on France.

1792: Russia invaded Poland.

1803: Britain declared war on France after Napoleon Bonaparte continued his interference in Italy and Switzerland.

1804: Napoleon Bonaparte was proclaimed Emperor of France.

1830: Edwin Budding of England signed an agreement for manufacture of his invention - the lawn mower.

1845: Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin set out from England to map the Northwest Passage through the Arctic. He and his men of the "Franklin Expedition" never returned.

1966: An attempted assassin was killed in an explosion in a third floor washroom of the Canadian House of Commons in Ottawa, only steps away from the public viewing gallery. He had apparently planned to throw the bomb into the Government assembly, thereby killing the Prime Minister and many other members of Parliament, but it detonated prematurely.

1974: India became the sixth nation with nuclear weapons when its first bomb was successfully exploded in the Rajasthan Desert.

1980: 60 people were killed from eruption of Mount St. Helens in a remote area of Washington State. Scientists estimated the force of the eruption to be 2,500 times more powerful than the U.S. atomic bomb that was used to incinerate Hiroshima, Japan in 1945.

1982: A jury in New York City convicted Sun Myung Moon, founder and leader of the Unification Church (the "Moonies") of tax evasion. He served 13 months in prison.

1990: A modified French TVG train set a new world rail speed record at 515 kilometers per hour (320 miles per hour).


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