Matthew 4:5-6

– on the prowl

– looking to devour

– crafty

– is a liar

– misquotes Scripture 

Matthew 4:5-6

“Then the devil took him to the holy city, to Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God; Jump off! For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect you. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’”

Here is the enemy quoting to Jesus, Psalm 91:11-12. 

The enemy has memorized the Word of God and looks to misquote it to trick him.  

Jesus had also memorized Scripture. He knew and he understood Psalm 91:11-12 where God indeed does seem to promise a special ‘angelic protection’. 

But Jesus also knew:

Deuteronomy 6:16

“You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.”  

So YES to protection from Psalm 91 but a clear NO from Deut. 6 to reckless behavior that ‘tests’ what God has promised. 

*Reflection: The enemy is equipped with the Word of God and will share ‘half truths’ in his crafty intent to ruin my life and witness.

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