Silencing temptation

Why give your consent to sickness or sin?

THE BIBLE'S ACCOUNTS of Jesus's temptation in the wilderness include no indication that the tempter-described as Satan-found the slightest acceptance in the Master's thought. True, the temptation to betray his God-ordained mission came to Jesus a second and a third time. But Jesus immediately and unequivocally rejected all three.

When the third temptation came in the form of a blatant invitation to break the First Commandment, Jesus responded, "Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve." Then the devil left him, and "angels came and ministered unto him" (Matt.4:10,11).

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