Thursday – Aug 17, 2017
Welcome back to The Three Minute Word publication and our Bible Study from the Book of Hebrews. God is so good. Above you see Adam and Eve, for those of you who are gender naïve when it comes to buffalo, the one facing us is Eve and the one sideways is Adam. Now to the Bible Study with our focus on Hebrews 2:18 and the idea, the reality of temptation.
Hebrews 2:16-18 (KJV)
16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
Our Lord (our Master) was tempted (tried and tested) and so are we because we are in Him, we are on the same path as He is and therefore must overcome the same things He overcame. In our overcoming, we are given to sit with Him on His and our Father’s Throne (Revelation 3:21). I would suggest you do a search and study of the word ‘overcometh’ in the KJV and when you are done thanking God, praising God, and worshipping God come back to this study.
Luke 6:39-40 (KJV)
39 And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?
40 The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master. (Bold added by Dr. Wood)
In effect Jesus is saying don’t stay stupid instead become like me. As I understand it, in old Israel a disciple of a Rabbi (religious leader) or other discipline stayed, worked with, and matured with the master until they were like the master then they were released as a master to have disciples of their own. Today we might call this apprenticeship. Those of you following The Three Minute Word on a regular basis know that we are to become just like Him (Jesus), a perfect representative of the Father, and do the works He did and the greater works.
John 14:12 (KJV)
12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
Making a long story short the devil has no interest in any of us being like Jesus. So, with that in mind he has assisted a false teaching that we cannot be like Jesus. If we never expect to be like Jesus then we will never do the things He did and certainly not the greater things and the plan of God is hindered until a people arise that will submit to the Truth. Are we that people that is stuck in the wilderness due to disobedience or will we submit and be that triumphant people that enter the promised land and bring the return of Christ? Now let’s see what our brother James has to say about temptation. James was a natural and spiritual child of Joseph and Mary but Jesus was neither. Jesus was born into that family and matured in that family however his physical body was the Word become flesh and His soul was Him for eternity past. Jesus is not a half-brother of James. Just a little aside (reminder) now to James and temptation.
James 1:12-16 (KJV)
12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
16 Do not err, my beloved brethren. (Bold added by Dr. Wood)
As we examine verse twelve we find that there is an empowerment (blessing) that comes from enduring not entering but resisting temptation. Each time that we resist and defeat temptation not entering in it is easier the next time. Yes, there will be a next time and it may already be in front of us. We are thoroughly equipped to quickly recognize and defeat all temptations. Problem is we choose not to. Oh, oh, who is too blame!? James more or less brings that chicken home to roost, doesn’t he? Notice there is no temptation, testing, or trying by God to sin. The enemy knows what our familial weaknesses are and he and his minions will pound away at those all of our lives. It is our lusts, our desires that take us into the ditch. It is on purpose, and our choice. Now by the time the curse is raging in our lives we have built what we think is a rational defense for our actions but we are still in the ditch in the clutches of Satan and the ravages of the curse. Only the light of the gospel can unravel that mess. We then come to the sixteenth verse admonishing us not to err. The error is to think that God has a role in all of this as is commonly taught in the Church. As we press forward and bring today’s teaching to a close let’s examine and meditate the following passage.
1 Corinthians 10:12-14 (KJV)
12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.
Look at verse twelve above and get my book at Amazon.com/Books. Type in the book title or my name, Dr. David R. Wood on the search line and order it now! Just when we think we are the champion of temptation and the devil can’t get anything over on us is when we need to examine ourselves in the light of Scripture and the teaching of the Holy Spirit, repent, and expel the deception in our lives.
Whatever our temptations are, they are common to mankind over the face of the earth. The demonic forces will try to convince us that we are a special case and no one can possibly understand our particular situation. LIE, LIE, LIE!! If there is any good news associated with temptation (suffering [experiencing] temptation) it is that God will not allow us to be tempted above our ability to withstand. In addition to His enablement in and with us (Blessing) He always provides a way of escape. The main ways to defeat temptation is first don’t enter into the temptation, speak the Word which is superior to the deception presented, cast down the high thing (idea) and take it captive, and run as fast as possible out the way of escape. We must not play with the lust, the temptation like a cat with a mouse, we must kill it not missing a lick in our Kingdom assignment. By the way, the word “suffer’ in the text above means ‘allow’. God will not allow us to be tempted above what we are capable of withstanding. So why do we fail and get caught up in temptation? We choose the lust.
Until our next publication, I speak blessing into your life right now, receive it in the name of Jesus, confess it, and walk it out with thanksgiving.
Numbers 6:24-26 (KJV)
24 The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
25 The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
26 The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
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