Do You Put Jesus to the Test?
11/18 Reading Portions: 1 Chronicles 11-12; Hebrews 13; Amos 7; Luke 2
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“For at the risk of their lives they brought it.” Therefore he would not drink it. These things did the three mighty men. 1 Chronicles 11:19
Why wouldn’t David drink of the water from Bethlehem’s well? —water his men risked their lives to get by moving through the enemy’s camp so their captain could be blessed with refreshment from his childhood home (1 Chr 11:17-18)? Was David ungrateful? No, David was prophetic, presenting unto us a blessed gospel truth. When Jesus walked in Israel during His earthly ministry, He was perfect, sinless Man and God’s true, promised Anointed One. He’s the only Man who could walk willingly into temptation and have victory… every time (Heb 4:15). We, on the other hand, cannot. Certainly, there is a very real battle waged when it comes to our spiritual lives (Eph 6:10-20); nevertheless, the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, that is, they are not of the flesh, but of the Spirit (2 Cor 10:3-5). We are never to go into the enemy’s camp unless we are led by Jesus Christ, the Captain of YHVH’s hosts. Surely, we are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ, who loved us (Rom 8:37); yet, to go into the enemy’s camp as if we are impervious to temptation is foolhardy at best and unholy at worst. In fact, when Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, He quoted Deuteronomy 6:16, saying,
“Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Matthew 4:7
By willingly placing ourselves into situations where we may be tempted, we are putting God to the test, violating His holy will… as well as bringing a poor witness upon the grace of God in the gospel of Jesus Christ. When we enter Satan’s camp, we endanger our witness by surrounding ourselves with temptation apart from going into battle with the King of kings leading the way. It brings no glory to God, no honor in the Spirit, and no refreshment to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Heavenly Father, lead me not
Into temptation’s snare;
For only Christ is pure in thought,
Defeating Satan’s lair.
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