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Exposing the Lies of the Enemy
Series: Believing Better: Overcoming the Lies That Prevent Us from Living Free in Christ
So, how did Satan misuse Psalm 91 to tempt Jesus? Well, let read what Satan quoted and then let's read the original text.
Satan tell Jesus to jump off this temple because he says:
[God] will command his angels concerning you, (meaning Jesus), and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
Now that is Satan’s attempt to quote Psalm 91.
But let's read what Psalm 91 actually says:
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
That’s what the Bible actually says, now, The lie here is so subtle so let me re-read only the first sentence to see if you catch it.
He will command his angels concerning you.
But God says:
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.
Did you get that?
In all your way.
Satan almost completely quotes Gods word, but he leaves out, in all your ways.
God will guard you, He is protect you, He will command His angels concerning you, in all your ways. Was this an accident? Was this a simple mistake? No. It was intentional because leaving out these 4 words, in all your ways, completely changes the meaning of what God is saying. In context this scripture is not speaking of everyone. Psalm 91 greatly details the protection provided by God to those who follow Him. Verse one says:
"Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty."
Verse 9-10 says:
"If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent."
The protection that Psalm 91 promises is for the person that follows God and His ways. God is not promising protection to those out of His will. God keeps us in all His ways, not when we are doing our own thing. To think you can sin and God will just protect you is to believe a lie. And Jesus is not tricked. To not follow God and to not obey His will is to step out of the justification of His protection.
So let's clarify this temptation. Essentially Satan is saying, do whatever you want Jesus, God has promised to protect you. He even quotes scripture to make it seem like God says this. Not true. God says, follow me and I will protect you as you live a life to do my will.
Now, this does not mean that bad things do not happen to good people. Sometime bad things happen at no fault of our own simply because we live in a fallen world. But what I am saying is that there is a certain ...
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