“It is written: "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out from the mouth of God." Matthew 4:4
Jesus heralded these words as He was rebuking Satan in the wilderness who attempted to tempt Him to turn bread into stones. This was of course a tactic carefully designed by Satan to attack Christ’s humanity. The reality is, that after 40 days and nights of fasting Jesus was hungry….He had a physical need that Satan sought to fill, with ulterior motives in mind. This tactic was no different than the offer that Satan made to Eve in the Garden by offering her to eat the fruit that was clearly forbidden by God (Genesis 3:6). The tricks were the same, but the outcome drastically differed. Eve accepted the suggestion of Satan while Christ rebuked it quoting the words of the Bible. There are so many things that we can deduct from these two accounts. I will attempt to name a few. The first premise we see here, is that Satan always comes after God has spoken. The darkness comes to quench the light of course. But the response Jesus gave reminds us that the light will always eradicate darkness when it shines as it was created to. Secondly, we can see that Satan can speak to us just as God can. We can hear his voice, just as we are designed to hear the voice of God as His children. The question is, can we discern one from the other? How else will we know which one to yield to? Thirdly, there will be consequences to follow every time we choose the voice of Satan. In Adam and Eve’s case, immediate spiritual death was their fate. We are still recipients today of their consequences: sin, death, shame, pain and evil are only a few of the consequences that followed their disobedience. Thank God for Jesus who came to set the record straight and pick up the ball where Adam dropped it. By the grace of God Jesus came to model the righteous life that was available to us by His blood (Romans 5:17). God desires to bring wholeness and victory where the devil seeks to usher in brokenness and defeat. Jesus is the ultimate “Bread of Life” who intends to feed us until we want no more. As a matter of fact, He doesn’t just want to feed us, but He wants to make us whole….body, mind and spirit. If you haven’t already done so, make a decision today to allow Christ to feed your soul.