“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” –Romans 15:4
Scripture Reading: Matthew 4:1-11
This lesson may seem to overlap a little with the one on the “Loins Girt About with Truth.” However, there is a major difference. The former dealt with the knowledge of truth, this one will deal with putting it to use.
You will notice in this lesson that the Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. this is not dealing with the various aspects of the Holy Spirit, but rather, how the Holy Spirit helps reveal the truths of God to us and then helps us to apply those truths powerfully in times of need.
We define the Word of God as “What God has spoken-His truth and promises… It was with this weapon that the Savior met the tempter in the wilderness… it is only by this that Satan can now be met. Error and false hood will not put back temptation; or can we hope for victory unless we are armed with the truth. Learn hence, 1) that we should study the Bible, that we may understand what the truth is. .2) We should have texts of scripture at command, as the Savior did, to meet the various forms of temptation. 3) We should not depend on our own reason, or rely on our own wisdom. A single text of scripture is better to meet a temptation than all the philosophy which the world contains.. The tempter can reason and reason plausibly too; but he cannot resist a direct and positive command of the Almighty… So we shall be safe if we adhere to the simple declarations of the Bible, and oppose a temptation by a positive command of God. But the moment we leave that, and begin to parley with sin, that moment we are gone. It is as if a man should throw away his sword and use his naked hands only in meeting an adversary. Hence, 4) We may see the importance of training up the young in the accurate study of the Bible. There is nothing which will furnish a better security to them in future life, when temptation comes upon them, than to have a pertinent text of scripture at command” (Barnes’ Notes on the New Testament, Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, Michigan, p. 1014, 1015).
- How did Eve fail in meeting the tempter? Genesis 3:1-6. How did Satan appeal to her and what was Eve’s logic?
- How did Jesus foil Satan’s temptations? Matthew 4:4, 7, 10. What three things was Satan appealing to there? Matthew 4:3, 5-6, 8-9.
- What should be our desire? I Peter 2:2-3. Of what quality is it? Proverbs 30:5.
- What must we do before the Word can be of benefit to us? II Timothy 2:15. When should this start? II Timothy 3:14-15.
- What important help will the Holy Spirit give us? John 14:26. Is this possible if we don’t study?
- What is the important function of the Word of God and the Spirit? II Timothy 3:16-17; John 16:7-14.
- What is the Word of God also capable of? Hebrews 4:12-13.
- What caution is given concerning the Word? Proverbs 30:6.
- What else is necessary besides a knowledge of the Word? Luke 11:28; James 1:25; Matthew 13:23; Matthew 7:21; I John 2:17.
Memorizing and meditating upon God’s Word will transform our lives, for the Word of God is powerful and alive. When we take God’s Word into our memory, it brings that same power and life into us, energizing our spirits. It was the memorized Word of God that Jesus used against the tempter in the wilderness. When people tried to trap Jesus on His doctrine or ministry, the Lord was so filled with the Word of God that it would come spilling out. In this same manner, we need to be like sponges that are soaked with the Word of God. When we get squeezed by the enemy or the pressures of life, what will come out is the lovely and powerful Word of God. Start with Joshua 1:8!