From Beginning to End
“If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.”
Luke 4:7 KJV
What a terrific promise this is, right? All we have to do is worship Jesus, and all is ours from beginning to end?
There’s only one problem. Jesus didn’t say this. Satan did. To Jesus. This was one of his ways of tempting the Lord after His fast.
One of the easiest ways that we are deceived as beleivers is in our lack of knowledge of the scriptures. Someone will quote something to us, and our reaction is either “I agree with that” or “surely it can’t say that” because we don’t know the context. “That’s the Old Testiment” we protest when we want to make a point against the scripture being quoted, “the Old Testament still applies!” we insist when trying to drive a different point home.
The most interesting part of Jesus’ temptation at the devil’s hand is that every answer He gave came from scripture. He knew it intimately and in context. His replies were sharp and pertinent. Satan knew scripture; our Lord knew it better.
This week I implore you to stop taking scripture at face value. Have your favorites, sure, but dig deeper. If you claim to believe it from beginning to end, then get intimate with it from begging to end.