"Him only shalt thou serve"

Many helpful lessons can be learned from Jesus' wilderness experience as recorded in the fourth chapter of Matthew. We read that in the first instance, after the tempter, or evil, had commanded him to turn the stones into bread, Jesus answered with a quotation from the Scriptures, saying (verse 4), "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." It is interesting to note that in the second instance the devil quoted from the Scriptures, saying (verse 6), "If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee."

The machinations of the tempter, or mortal mind suggestions, have not changed through the years. Today error may still argue, " 'If thou be the Son of God,' give us a proof." Now, as then, error may make its claims appear more plausible by quoting passages from the Bible.

Good Stewards
May 4, 1946

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