Temptation Versus Truth
But [Jesus] answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4
The judicial system, at least in courtroom trials, separates fact from fiction. That’s not easy if two witnesses give contradictory accounts of the same event. But when there is hard evidence—a fingerprint, a surveillance tape, a DNA sample—the job of justice is made easier. A verifiable standard is what all other accounts must be measured by.
When Satan came to Jesus during His forty-day fast in the wilderness, he presented Jesus with three fictional scenarios. They were fictional because they were not part of Jesus’ responsibility from His Father: to work miracles and test God for the sake of displaying divine power. So how did Jesus end the three tempting challenges? By quoting three verses from Deuteronomy that demonstrated the falsity of Satan’s propositions. Satan’s main weapon is lies—if not outright lies, then counterfeiting God’s truth (Genesis 3:1-5; John 8:44). Truth puts flight to a lie every time.
God’s Word is given so we might always know the truth about God, Satan, ourselves, and life. Use God’s Word to put flight to temptations when they arise.
Our response to temptation is an accurate barometer of our love for God. Erwin W. Lutzer
The Temptation of Christ by Ravi Zacharias