A Satanic Trade

by Pastor Eric Roberts6/9/16

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. Matthew 4:1 (NIV)  •  Listening to the news lately reminds me of a used car salesman with greasy slicked black hair attempting to sell me something that in the end will leave me with something that looks good but in the end will be of no value.  In Matthew 4, Jesus begins His ministry of commissioning with a solemn fast for forty days. We call this a dominion fast. It’s at the end of this fast when Jesus is at His weakest point that Satan approaches Him with a great offer! Would Jesus be willing to trade His spiritual dominion for a perceived power.

What are you being sold today? Are you really so willing to trade your freedom for a perceived power or security. Millennial’s are wrestling with this question of socialism vs. capitalism. As they gladly move toward the idea of free college and redistribution of wealth they have not weighed the consequences of what that means for our economy and national debt. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that our society is moving this way, in that this is an age old question.

Satan approached Jesus asking Him to trade His dominion for a perceived power of kingdoms. What is really crazy under all the smoke and mirrors is that Jesus is the creator of the world and all things that are created were created by Him (John 1:1-3). Which means that Satan really doesn’t have the authority to offer Him anything. Jesus tells us in Matthew 28:20 that all authority and dominion has been given to us. If that is true than sin in its most simplest form is really just us trading the dominion that God has given us for a perceived power that ultimately leads to death.

We should be very careful to what we buy into. Just because something looks good doesn’t make it right. We are responsible for our choices. In Christ we have a choice. To often we have those who want to stand as victims from the choices they make. Jesus said “I have come to set you free…he who the Son sets free is free indeed!” I pray that the Lord gives you strength and wisdom to see truth and the courage to stand up for it.


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3 Responses to A Satanic Trade

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    I recall the point made several decades ago that Satan was offering something to Jesus that he couldn’t have arranged even if Jesus had accepted. Unfortunately, those who make similar offers today (more in line with the miraculous bread Satan suggested that Jesus supply himself with) actually can supply it — until, as in Venezuela, they run out of other people’s money.

  2. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    We should be very careful to what we buy into. Just because something looks good doesn’t make it right.

    This message of discernment (sometimes called “discriminating between the good, the bad, and the six-of-one/half-dozen-of-the-other”) is a lost discipline. Instead, we’ve become the “nice” culture wherein acceptance of everything and everyone is considered the goal.

    This is not just wrong, it’s evil. Without making rational, wise, measured, reasonable, but clear discernments about the good and the bad, we are lost to be the dog wagged by the worst elements.

    We should be wise in our judgments with the overall understanding that we are all sinners. But this humble recognition, instead of serving as a font of wisdom to instruct others, has been turned into a self-indulgent excuse to not instruct others. After all, “He who is without sin throw the first stone.”

    That’s all well and good. But right after that comes the words, “Now, go and sin no more.”

    Collectivism is directly responsible for the death of 100 million people last century. This history needs to be told and understood before jumping to schemes (such as Obamacare) presented by people who are direct descendants of the ideology that has been so destructive.

    But if self-indulgent narcissism is the only guide, then no discernment at all is needed because, like a secular Jesus Christ, intents to help “the poor” justifies and purifies everything.

  3. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    If that is true than sin in its most simplest form is really just us trading the dominion that God has given us for a perceived power that ultimately leads to death.

    What Satan offered Jesus and what today’s Leftists are offering all of us is an “illusion.” They are trying to replace reality with a promise which cannot be fulfilled.

    Millennial’s are wrestling with this question of socialism vs. capitalism.

    I believe we should start being more precise when juxtaposing the economic systems which are mentioned. To use the term capitalism does not do justice to a free-market economic system. Capital can be, and is, used in all sorts of political systems, some of which are not free-market or democratic. In any case, the term capitalism was popularized by Marx as a pejorative. We should stop allowing the Left to frame the discussion.

    To continue in this vein, one hundred and fifty to two hundred years ago the study of economics was called “political economy.” I believe we should go back to using this term, because politics and economics are intertwined. Many people, but especially millennials, are woefully ignorant about these things. By using

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