On Monday the 18th of September I was reminded again of the temptations Jesus faced in the wilderness. I was reading Matthew 4:1-11 in the Daily Office. The temptations involved stones to bread, Jesus replied with nourishment from the Word of God. Then to throw himself off the top of the temple, Jesus, “do not tempt God,” Then the third, "if you are ... you have the kingdoms of the world," and the reply, “Worship only God and serve him.” Each Scripture answer is worth exploring. The account ends with the Angels came and ministered to him. Luke has the devil coming back at a more opportune time. Luke is more realistic for me although I would not want to deny the presence of angels being present through my many years
What has caught my eye the most over the years is the Greek word for the devil, diabolou. The devil works through the thrust. The devil piggy backs on our daily events. The resource does give a literal “cast through.” We get our word ballistics from Bolou.
We can move the word diabolic, diabolic, to many different places, all indications and revelations as to who we are serving.
Mark has Jesus was tempted. No specifics. Mark does use Bolou as the way Jesus was thrown into the desert where he was tempted. Temptations are a wake up call.
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