“And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’”(Luke 4:5-8 ESV)
Good vs. God’s Will – if Jesus will bow to Satan then Satan will give Jesus authority. However, we know that Jesus’ destiny is to be King of kings and Lord of Lords (1 Timothy 6:15, Philippians 2:10-11). If Jesus had taken that authority, there would then have been no more war, sickness, evil on earth – but there also wouldn’t have been eternal salvation. The Father’s plan would have been thwarted – Jesus would have sinned.
Satan was offering Jesus to have immediate gratification, to bring immediate justice to all of earth. Why didn’t Jesus do it? Because if He had He would have disobeyed God the Father – that wasn’t the Father’s plan.
What is the temptation that Satan brings to those of us who have a heart for the poor?
Do you think it is possible to want to help the poor and in the end actually harm them? Do you think that the poor can become an idol? That we can in the end actually put them before God, all the while doing it in His name?
Jesus certainly told His followers that they must serve the poor – or else! Matthew 25:31-46
Then He said, the poor will always be with you. What did He mean?
I’ve been pondering how these two scriptures fit together and have come to this conclusion looking at both passages in the context of the entire Bible.
We definitely have a responsibility to serve the poor and we will be held accountable if we don’t. However, that does not excuse putting the poor before God Almighty. We make the poor more important than God when in serving them we break God’s laws, or we twist His truth.
Just as the Israelites did at the foot of Mt Sinai, I’m seeing new gods created to fit each individual’s idea of who God is. Rather than truth we want a god who will make us feel good.
But the problem is that when we create this new god we are doing harm not only to ourselves but to those we want to serve.
God’s anger was great, “The Lord said to Moses, ‘I have seen this people, and behold, they are an obstinate people. Now then let Me alone, that My anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them; and I will make of you a great nation.” Ex. 32:9&10
Moses had to fight for the people so God wouldn’t destroy them – God’s anger was great.
Do you think He is any less angry when new gods are created today? Even if we do it in the name of social justice? Even though we call this new god Jesus? Placing the name of Jesus on this new god doesn’t make it God.
I believe God wants us to do BIBLICAL JUSTICE; He wants us to fight for justice – but under the banner of His truth.
Let me know what you think.