One question we’ve been asking ourselves at every step in our journey is: What exactly does Jesus want us to do?
Yesterday we kicked off our review of Jesus’ answer to that question with a look at Jesus’ BIG 2 COMMANDS:
1. Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.
2. Love your neighbor as yourself.
As Jesus said, “There is no commandment greater than these” and “all the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40; Mark 12:28-34)
For the next few weeks we’ll be exploring 50 commands straight from the mouth of Jesus that show what it reeeeeally means to love God and others. Take your time and read through each one slooooowly. They’re radically revolutionary. They’re conspicuously countercultural. Meditate on ’em. Marinate in ’em. Memorize ’em. And then ask the Holy Spirit to help you DO what Jesus says.
We’ll go in rough chronological order as the commands appear in the Gospels. Here’s today’s command:
Do not put the Lord your God to the test.
(Matthew 4:7; Luke 4:12)
Jesus was in the desert being tempted by Satan. Satan took him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple and said:
“If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'”
(Matthew 4:5-6; Luke 4:9-11)
Satan was twisting Scripture about trusting God (Psalm 91:11-12) in an attempt to get Jesus to test God. Jesus responded with today’s command, which also was based on Scripture (Deuteronomy 6:16 and Exodus 17:2-7). Jesus was quoting a command Moses gave the Israelites when they were grumbling and stumbling around the desert without enough water to drink. Instead of trusting God to provide like he had over and over and over, they put him to the test, saying “Is the Lord among us or not?”
Do what Jesus says: Trust God. Don’t test him.
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