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DAILY DEVOTIONS
 

  In more than three decades of my Christian life, I have been blest by 2 types of Daily devos' (matter not exceeding 500 words) in universal Christian literature. Not only those Devos' which have a different theme everyday but also the ones which revolve around a certain theme over a period of time, say a fortnight, have richly edified me. In fact, both styles have their own inherent advantages. If the former style caters to the varying spiritual needs of a christian from day-to-day, the latter aims 'to ground' a child of God in a certain subject in order he derives the full benefits of the deep insightful study of a certain topic, spread over a fixed span of time.

In my Daily devo page, I have consciously tried to go in for 'a blend of both the styles' whereby within a constant theme, I would be aiming to focus on different facets of it which admittedly is a closer imitation of the 'Constant theme' style than the 'Varying topics' one.

Having dwelt on the topic of Christian journey and the “Conquest of Canaan” in the previous months, now in the month of March, considering that we are in the season of Lent, I intend to focus on the subject- “Lent season”.

Once again, let me wish you a happy and an edifying read…

Suresh Manoharan




March 13th

A deceitful salesman



Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. "All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me." Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.- Matt 4:8-10
 
  Whilst reflecting on the temptations Satan brought upon Jesus, it’s difficult not to agree with some of the Biblical scholars who have branded him as the world’s “original deceitful salesman”.

Remember the way, he “originally sold the benefit” of eating the forbidden fruit to Eve “For God knows that in the day you eat from it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God” (Genesis 3:4-5). Eve fell for it but Son of God -made of sterner stuff- did not fall for the “juicy” offer Satan came up with in his third temptation of offering the entire world with its pompous riches.

In the first temptation, the master deceiver had suggested what Jesus ought to do for Himself. Next he suggested what the Father ought to do for Jesus and now he suggests what he would do for Jesus- in exchange for what Jesus could do for him.

Yielding to Satan’s offer would have disqualified Jesus from being the sinless lamb of God worthy of being offered as the atoning sacrifice, for it would have amounted to violating the very first commandment. World in its glory would anyway come to Jesus from His Father’s hands as promised (Psalm 2:6-12/ 110:1) through the way of the cross, accepting it from Satan would be a case of accepting it from the hands, which originally had no power or license to give the same. Again a terrible sin, which would have instantly transformed the lamb to a beast, disqualifying him of the Savior status.

As before to this temptation also, Jesus’ reply was from the Scripture (Deu 6:13). As the tempter’s last proposal was so preposterous that Jesus dismissed him with Begone Satan! The devil had stepped beyond all bounds in proposing such unutterable wickedness. Because Satan’s present power is only God’s permission, when the Son commanded him to leave, Satan had no choice but to obey. Therein Christ demonstrated the very sovereign power Satan wanted Him to misuse.

Prayer:

Father, enable us to face the temptations in the way your Son did – by waiting to accept all that is good solely from Thy hands. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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