J. Vernon McGee on the Second Temptation

For those of you who have forgotten, the second temptation is this:

And the Devil led Jesus up, and showing him in a single moment all the kingdoms of the earth, said to him: “I will give you all this power, and the splendor of them; for it has been given into my hands and I give it to whom I wish. If you, therefore, will do homage before me, it shall all be yours.” And Jesus answered him: “Scripture says–‘Thou shalt do homage to the Lord thy God, and worship him only.'” (Luke 4:5-8)

To this J. Vernon McGee trenchantly notes the following:

Satan offers Jesus the nations of the world.  Nations derive their power through brute force and political intrigue.  War is a way of life.  Hate and fear are the whips to motivate the mob.  This is satanic, and Satan offers the kingdoms of the world on these terms.  Men must be changed in order to enter God’s kingdom: “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3).  The answer of Jesus has a note of finality, “…Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”  (Matt. 4:10).  Then the apostle Paul tells us, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor 10:3-5). (J. Vernon McGee, Genesis through Revelation (Thru the Bible 5 Volume Set), Vol. 4, p. 260)

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