Feedback to Matthew 4 Sermon by RLD
Yancey's book The Jesus I Never Knew has a section the temptation. He
feels that Satan didn't know who Jesus was at
first. When Jesus answers with scripture he is able to size him up
better, so he answers with scripture the next time. At
the end Jesus cannot be defeated because he is God; his nature won't let
him follow Satan. God can't go against God-self. Interesting thought.
And from SRD
That is something I've never thought about, and I think I disagree. But
I've passed it on to RLD so that he can consider it. I have always
assumed the devil knew exactly who he was speaking to, hence the type of
temptations he used. It would be no good to temp me with turning stones
to bread because I cannot. However, perhaps Jesus could - even the
winds and the sea obeyed him.. I have thought that the really crafty
part of the temptation is that the devil uses our deepest desires to
tempt us with, helping people, feeding the hungry and for Jesus, having
the world really understand who he was so that he could save them.
What if we consider the exact opposite of Yancey's argument. Instead of
the devil not knowing who Jesus was, what if he knew him intimately,
even to know what would be the biggest possible temptations to him?
How would we then read the text? How would we understand Jesus
differently, or would it make a difference?
What if, we said that the devil in this case, was the shadow side, as
Jung spoke of it? What if after forty days of starvation, Jesus was
worn down and weak and had to battle his own shadow side. Isn't that
equivalent to battling the devil? For what else could the adversary
spirit draw upon that would be more powerful than our shadow side?
In thinking of the text, with the help of RLD's exegesis and sermon, I am puzzled by a question. When the devil appears and tempts Jesus by speaking scripture and confusing the purpose of the scriptures. But Jesus was not confused. Why was he not? I think that the quotations could have puzzled me and left me with no response.
On another topic, in the sermon, I like the illustration of the two ways to use scripture and be a "Biblical" church. Perhaps part of the answer is in the way that we approach scripture. But even though I approach scripture with the willingness to let god mold me, asking God to speak to me what I should hear, I think I might never be able to respond the way that Jesus did.
Jesus continues to amaze me again and again.
I liked the parallel between Jesus telling Satan to get behind him and for Peter to get behind him.