“(The devil said) For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” – Luke 4:10-12
The devil knows the word of God and takes pride in twisting it and using it out of context against God’s people, so you better make it a point to know it also, less you be deceived.
“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes.” – Psalms 119:9-12
You see, in our opening passage Satan had taken Jesus to a high point, the pinnacle of the temple. There he told Jesus to cast himself down. He used a prophetic scripture that had promised that Angel’s would take care of the Messiah, and nothing would hurt Him outside of God’s will and timing for His life’s plan. Yet, Jesus knew scripture also and discerned through the word what Satan was trying to do. Satan had an evil agenda and though he used scripture out of context to tempt Christ into taking an action that was against God’s will and words. Christ not only determined this but also proved it by comparing the devil’s interpretation against other scriptures as He quoted back an other verse.
You see, God did give His angels charge over Jesus, to protect Him. Yet scripture also says that we are only under God’s protection as long as we obey His words. Jesus often said that He did nothing unless His Father told Him to do it, and He said nothing unless His Father told Him to say it. Therefore, because Jesus was faithful to obey God’s voice in faith, God was faithful to protect Him as He did so. Many times in the gospels we read accounts of people being enraged by Christ’s words to the point that they sought to kill Him, yet it says He vanished because it was not yet His time to be delivered. God did give Angels charge over Him, to protect Him until the appointed time. However, this was only in regard to allowing Jesus to walk out God’s instructions, not His own. God never told Jesus to jump from this pinnacle and when we take matters into our own hands, start trusting in our own importance, act upon our own will and leading, in our pride and arrogance we temp God to let us fall. If God tells you to take a leap of faith you can rest assured that He will catch you, but if He never spoke that to you and you do it trusting in your own importance to obligate God to respond to your action, then you’ve moved from serving God (responding to His leading), to expecting God to serve you (respond to your lead). That is nothing but pride, and pride goes before a fall.
Satan knew this all too well. You see, his real agenda here was to get Christ to do as he had done, to fall because of pride. Satan had been cast down by God, now he tried to get God in the flesh to cast Himself down and be like him. This is always his ploy. Satan can not cause a Christian to fall into sin and be destroyed for they have the protection of God round about them, but through their pride he can cause them to jump into sin themselves and loose that protection by doing things and saying things that God never told them to do or say.
This is how Balaam caused the Israelite’s to stumble in the wilderness. It’s also how the Spirit (or doctrine) of Balaam causes the church of Pergamos to stumble in Revelations 2:12-16. When Balaam first tried to curse the Israelites he could not, because they were obeying the voice of God, they walked under His protection. So he simply encouraged them to stop listening to the voice of God and to start acting upon their own leading (though just like with Jesus it was really the leading of the devil stirring their pride into doing things that God never told them to do). When we fail to do what God tells us to do, or say what He tells us to say, we are held accountable for the error we allow to remain in others through it, baring their blood on our hands for allowing them to be led astray. Likewise, when we do things are say things that God never told us to say or do, we are guilty of the same. We will not only be led astray in doing this, but we will be guilty of leading others a stray and their blood will be on our hands on the day of judgment.
“Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.” – Acts 20:26-31
In both the Old and New Testament accounts of those who fell for this, God reacted with wrath, which in most cases is simply a removal of His protection. Yet Jesus, both during His temptation and again when He spoke to John the Revelator about this tactic, gave us the answer to overcome this tactic of Satan. You see, the reason this whole temptation started at the highest point of the temple is because it is exemplified in a false doctrine rooted in pride that causes Christians to not just fall, but willingly jump to their death doing things and saying things that God Himself never told them to. In the wilderness Jesus combatted this tactic with the truth of the Word of God, and in Revelations Jesus again says that He will come against this with “the Sword of His mouth” (Revelations 2:16) which is the Word of God.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12
So never take what you are told that God or the bible says and jump with it. The devil knows the scriptures well and takes pride in twisting them against the unknowing, take the time to ask the Holy Spirit of God to speak to you directly and teach you all things through the full council of the Word of God. Remember the devil knows the Bible, you need to know it better and their is no better teacher then God Himself. Learn to hear His voice directly and rebuke all others that contradict it. No matter how much your pride wants to listen to what the other voices are telling you, humble yourself before God, follow His Words, and He will pour out grace to not only empower you to walk them out with authority and power, but also to protect you as you do.
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” – John 14:26
“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” – James 4:6-7
“And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season. And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.” – Luke 4:9-15