14. Jesus and Lucifer

Introduction

I have written about the devil in a previous post. You find it at http://www.kinberg.net/wordpress/stellan/2018/04/24/iblis-whisperings/ 

Today at Catholic Mass we read about Jesus encounter with Lucifer in Luke 4,1-13.

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Matthew and Luke about Jesus encounter

 

Matthew and Luke uses the same words but the story about the devil and Jesus  in Gerusalem differs. Matthew tells that Jesus was asked to trow himself down from the temple first and then  offered power over the worlds. Luke tells jesus was tested during 40 days.

Matthew 4:1-11 says:

1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit out into the desert to be put to the test by the devil.

2 He fasted for forty days and forty nights, after which he was hungry,

3 and the tester came and said to him, ‘If you are Son of God, tell these stones to turn into loaves.’

4 But he replied, ‘Scripture says: Human beings live not on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’

5 The devil then took him to the holy city and set him on the parapet of the Temple.

6 ‘If you are Son of God,’ he said, ‘throw yourself down; for scripture says: He has given his angels orders about you, and they will carry you in their arms in case you trip over a stone.’

7 Jesus said to him, ‘Scripture also says: Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’

8 Next, taking him to a very high mountain, the devil showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour.

9 And he said to him, ‘I will give you all these, if you fall at my feet and do me homage.’

10 Then Jesus replied, ‘Away with you, Satan! For scripture says: The Lord your God is the one to whom you must do homage, him alone you must serve.’

11 Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels appeared and looked after him.

 

Luke 4,1-13. text says:

“Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert,

2 for forty days being put to the test by the devil. During that time he ate nothing and at the end he was hungry.

3 Then the devil said to him, ‘If you are Son of God, tell this stone to turn into a loaf.

4 But Jesus replied, ‘Scripture says: Human beings live not on bread alone.’

5 Then leading him to a height, the devil showed him in a moment of time all the kingdoms of the world

6 and said to him, ‘I will give you all this power and their splendour, for it has been handed over to me, for me to give it to anyone I choose.

7 Do homage, then, to me, and it shall all be yours.’

8 But Jesus answered him, ‘Scripture says: You must do homage to the Lord your God, him alone you must serve.’

9 Then he led him to Jerusalem and set him on the parapet of the Temple. ‘If you are Son of God,’ he said to him, ‘throw yourself down from here,

10 for scripture says: He has given his angels orders about you, to guard you, and again:

11 They will carry you in their arms in case you trip over a stone.’

12 But Jesus answered him, ‘Scripture says: Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’

13 Having exhausted every

way of putting him to the test, the devil left him, until the opportune moment.”

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Lucifer act on you when you are weak

Jesus had hunger when Lucifer contacted him. he acted on Eve who did not have knowledge. So he acts on people afflicted by rage  inviting to revenge.

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Lucifer uses  the sophist abilities

Lucifer uses the scripture in his motivation, as described by Luke, using Psalm 91:11 that says “he has given his angels orders about you to guard you wherever you go.”.

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Conclusion

Lucifer convinces with knowledges. Like Eve did once, humans listen sometimes to the wisperings of the devil . Matthew and Luke tells how Jesus behaved with the devil. Jesus answered with wisdom. So should we do.

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