Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.
And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Matt 4:8, 9
I’ve never been to the top of Mt. Everest but I have been to the top of the Hemisphere Needle in San Antonio and the San Jacinto Monument in Baytown.
And I love to fly just because of the view.
There is something about being high and looking down on everything that just takes your breath away.
Satan took Jesus up on a very high mountain where the view was fantastic.
There he offered Him the kingdoms of the world.
Satan will tempt you in the most fantastic places imaginable; he tempted Eve in a paradise.
Satan will also tempt you with more than you can handle; that’s not to say that our Lord couldn’t handle the kingdoms of this world, but you and I can’t.
I remember as a child wishing I had all the money in the world.
What would I have done with that?
I certainly couldn’t spend any of it, since I own it all, no one could ever make change!
Above all things, Satan wants to be worshipped.
In Isaiah he said, “I will be like the Most High.” Isa 14:14
Satan doesn’t want to take over things to run them in a good way.
He doesn’t want to give us gifts.
He doesn’t want to offer eternal life.
He doesn’t want to heal.
He just wants to be worshipped by us with no action on his part.
How unlike God that would be!
Our answer to Satan should be the same as Jesus, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’” Matt 4:10
God is the giver of life, good gifts, happiness, joy, peace, and is the One that should be worshipped.
He is the One that gave His life for you and He should be worshipped.
Next time Satan tempts you remind him of that!