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Always On The Job

**Then Jesus was led by the Spirit out into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil** (Matthew 4:1).
Genesis 2:7-9;3:1-7; Psalms 51:3-6,12-14,17; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11

Sermon Topic Temptation

Sermon Week First Sunday of Lent Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 4:1


In the First Letter of the Apostle Peter, it is written, "Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour" (I Pt. 5:8).

An elderly woman, well known for her kindness, never had a bad thing to say about anyone. All of her life, this woman had the uncanny ability to find at least one good quality even in people who were unkind to her.

One day two men saw their kind-hearted neighbor walking down the street. One man said to the other, "I'll bet you can't name a single soul whom Mrs. Sosebee can't say a good word about."

"I'll take you up on that," said the other man. And as Mrs. Sosebee was about to pass them, he greeted her.

"Hello, Mrs. Sosebee. May I ask you a question? What do you think about the Devil?"

"Well," said the woman with a smile, "you'll have to admit he's always on the job."1

In the real world, the devil is always on the job. Temptation is all around us, constantly confronting us, and there is no way to escape it.

It has been said that a good sub-title for the Bible would be "The Book of Temptation." The Bible opens with the story of Adam and Eve being tempted. And Cain being tempted to kill his brother. And Noah being tempted. And Abraham being tempted, and Moses and King David and the prophets and the Apostles, and as we have seen in today's Gospel Lesson, even Jesus as Matthew tells us, Jesus was led by the Spirit out into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil."

The Biblical story of temptation comes to an end in the Book of Revelation. Here we see that the temptation to fall away from God comes to the whole world.

But there is a further Biblical truth telling us that at the very moment we realize that life is full of temptation and evil, God Himself is our Protector.

When it comes to the temptations of Jesus we see Him confronting them and moving through them by putting Himself in [...]

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