Reeled In By Temptation

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The Hook

I read once that temptation is a hook baited with a lie. I find that an apt way of phrasing it. Once we swallow that lie/bait and the hook is set, the chances are very good that we are going to get reeled in, because it is difficult and painful to pull out the hook, and the fishing line is often too strong to break.

The Tempter

There are only three places in all of scripture where we find Satan actually speaking. The first is in Genesis where Satan is speaking to Eve. The second is in Job, where Satan is speaking to God. The third is in the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness, where Satan is speaking to Jesus.

The Temptation of Jesus

Contrary to the counsel of Paul to flee temptation, Jesus seemed to walk straight into it, or rather, he allowed the Spirit to lead him to it, and yet it was Jesus himself who taught us to pray, “Lead us not into temptation.”⁶ He was not led by his own lusts, and neither was he led by the devil. Jesus was led into this environment of temptation by the Spirit of God (Mark’s gospel said he was “driven” there), and Jesus seemed okay with that.

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