15 March 2019 – Luke 4:9-13 (NIV)

15 March 2019 – Luke 4:9-13 (NIV)

Scripture

The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. 10 For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you carefully;
11 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

12 Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.

Reflection

Knowing the Bible is very important especially in times of trials and suffering. But understanding the Bible is equally important. Note how the devil uses God’s Word accurately by quoting Psalm 91:11 -12 to Jesus, but the difference rests in the understanding of the passage. Scholars use the term exegesis to describe interpreting the Bible in an accurate manner. The opposite is called eisegesis. It is so easy to commit eisegesis if we don’t understand and interpret the Bible correctly and the result could be catastrophic. Knowing the Bible is important, but understanding what it says is equally important. It is through understanding the Scripture that real transformation can happen (Con).

Thoughts for the day

  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

Read the Bible verse above a few times, slowly, and note any words or phrases that jump out to you. Pray for wisdom and revelation as you take time in God’s presence.

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Con Loggenberg - Discipleship Director
Con Loggenberg is the Discipleship Director at Shanghai Community Fellowship (SCF) and a graduate of University of Pretoria, South Africa and South African Theological Seminary. He and his Texan wife, and twin boys live in Shanghai, China.