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The Baits of Temptation

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May 16, 2024 6:00 am

The Baits of Temptation

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May 16, 2024 6:00 am

In this episode of Clearview Today, Dr. Shah continues to talk about the temptation of Christ and what we can learn from that encounter.

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No, it doesn't look the same, but it's a Razr. I went to the show this morning with a question that I thought was too good to pass up. This one is actually really, really good. Okay. Who is the slickest character in the Bible? Slickest? Like, like suave?

Like just a cool suave. Okay. You talk his way out of a situation, aren't you? Yeah, so when I say slick, I'm talking like a Jack Sparrow type.

Always gets a way out, always just smooth talking, kind of always kind of gets his way, like a Tom Sawyer type. You know what I'm saying? Okay.

Okay. Slickest character? That's a great question. I mean, Jacob comes to mind. Jacob comes to mind, but I feel like Jonah? What?

Huh? Jonah? Jonah? No. Is slick?

Yeah, Jonah's kind of slick. No. I mean, if anything, he's a little slimy from being in the belly of a fish, but slick?

No. Yeah, he's like a smooth talker. How is he slick?

He's absolutely not a smooth talker. He convinced all those guys. No, can I tell you? No, the Lord convinced them.

He's 40 days and y'all are in trouble. All right, let me give you an order of events here. No, I wasn't talking about the Ninevites, I was talking about the sailors. Jonah is a prophet of the Lord God himself.

Say it again? Jonah's a prophet of the Lord God. He says, the Lord now says, Jonah, go to Nineveh, preach to them. Jonah says, no, run. And bye. Runs to the opposite direction. Not slick.

Okay. When he gets on the boat. Yeah, he didn't try to bargain with the Lord, nothing. Yeah, when he gets on the boat, instantly the sea is just tumultuous, not slick. He tries to lie about it, not slick, because they find out.

And then he's like, all right guys, it's me. And then he just, he's like, y'all got to throw me overboard. So they throw him overboard. Yeah, that's not slick.

But I mean, I'm saying. As soon as he hits the sea, what happens? A big fish eats him.

That's not slick. And then he's in the belly of a fish, pouting. And then when he gets to the other side.

Okay, okay. When he gets to the other side. Hold on, you don't have to finish.

You don't have to finish. Vomits him on the land. He preaches. Everybody gets saved.

That's cool. But then instead of being like, you know what, Lord, you were right, he pouts. He was like, Lord, you shouldn't have saved these people.

I knew you were going to save those people. Hmm. So maybe. Not slick.

I'm having a hard time taking the L on this one. I've just unlocked it. This is why you think you're so slick. What do you mean? I am slick. No. I am slick. No. You're as slick as sandpaper. No, not at all.

No. You don't think I'm a smooth talker? You think Jonah is a slick person? It makes a lot of sense. Don't you think I'm like a smooth talker?

I can sort of get my way out of situations like that? You're about as slick as Peter on the Mount of Transfiguration. Oh my goodness. When he's like, we'll build three tents, and Lord, you, and then God was just like, I'm going to have to cut this guy off because he doesn't know what he's talking about. Let me stop you there, Peter.

Yeah. Okay, Jonah's not slick. So who's slick? Who's slick in the Bible?

I think David's pretty slick. Is that when he did the scratching on the wall thing? Yeah, that was kind of crazy. Yeah, that was not great. That was kind of insane.

We're going to do some episodes on that next week. Joseph, I would say, is slick. Joseph? Or Daniel. Daniel's slick. Yeah.

Daniel's slick. Yeah. Zacchaeus?

A short guy in a tree? I mean, maybe. We're not really... Maybe. I'm thinking... Yeah, let me think of who's slick. New Testament.

New Testament. Paul's not slick. I mean, yes he is. I love Paul, but he's not slick.

No, he's not. Paul's kind of slick. He caught those guys with craftiness, remember?

No. In 1 Corinthians? He caught you by cunning? Paul's kind of slick. No, I think if you roll into a city and then stir up a riot and then get beaten in the street, that's not slick. He's the apostle. Paul has a whole epistle written by him that people don't contribute to him. That's pretty slick. But they also said... That's true. That is pretty slick. He said what?

Paul has a whole epistle written by him that people don't contribute to him. I don't think that's slick. I don't think that's slick. If I think of a slick person...

I don't think he's a smooth talker. I think of John, the apostle, because he was like, hey, me and Peter raced, and the beloved disciple... That's slick. Yeah.

Much quicker. Yeah, probably John. Probably John. That's a good point.

Apparently this John is not slick, but John the apostle is slick. That's a great question. Yeah. Great question. You guys send those questions in, because that's a fun one.

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That's right. We're here in the Clear View Today studio with Dr. Abaddon Shah, who is a Ph.D. in New Testament textual criticism, professor at Carolina University, author, full-time pastor, and the host of today's show. Dr. Shah, who do you think is the slickest character in all of scripture? Wow, that's a great question. You guys asked me that one time before, and I'm trying to think.

There's so many. When I say slick, I don't mean like he's a scumbag, or he's just cool. He's not necessarily dishonest. He's just got the sauce, you know what I mean, like Tom Sawyer's kind of slick, but he still does good things.

He's not a scumbag. He's just, you know, he's a smooth talk. He's got that special something. I would say Solomon, King Solomon was. Yeah, he's slick.

Yeah, he's slick. I mean, a thousand wives. How many do you have? 700 wives, 300 concubines. A thousand all together. He had to be slick.

Yeah. Somebody was really into it. And then I said Jonah, but then I was very quickly corrected, which I think is probably the best. Yeah, I think where we landed with Jonah, he's not slick. He's just slimy, in that he was barfed up by a whale, so he's literally dripping slime. It's just impossible to, so what we said was it's impossible to look cool when you try to lie or immediately caught, tossed overboard, eaten by a whale, spat up, then you go preach a sermon and pout right after.

It's impossible to look cool, which is, I don't know why I said Jonah originally because he might be the most unslick. We're going to continue the conversation from yesterday's episode, talking about how to deal with temptation, specifically how Jesus dealt with temptation and what we can learn from that. So in light of that, what is our daily encouragement today, Dr. Joe? As I mentioned yesterday, temptation is part of life. Giving in is sin, so don't give in to temptation. Don't give in to the enemy telling you that temptation is sin. But I will also add to that, just know that daily we're under attack.

That's true. If in your home there is conflict going on right now, stop, look at your spouse. As a husband or as a wife, look at your spouse and realize that your spouse is not your enemy. Your enemy is the enemy. And that sometimes is very difficult to do when all your emotions are caught up and you're vested in that argument and you want to win that argument and there's so much in your mind is on the line. Just know all those are the enemy's lies and stop, just stop and realize the enemy is the enemy. You know, we talked about understanding yesterday the bait that the enemy uses and it was funny because we always see those parallels in Eve and how he tempted Eve and how he tempted Jesus.

But I think a lot of times, even for me, I'll neglect the fact to remember that's not just like a cool coincidence. That's the same tactics he uses on us. That's the same thing he uses on me.

Not much has changed. Food. Food is a big temptation.

I know it is for me. And the same thing he did with Jesus. If you are the son of man, a son of God, command the stone to become bread.

And very, very, very reminiscent of Genesis 3.6. So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food. Same temptation. Yeah. Food. I mean, at the end of the day, we are very base people.

True. All we really care about is what goes into our belly. Food. Food.

We'll do anything for it. I remember there was one time there was a sermon you preached one time. I think it was on 1 Corinthians where all the people were acting up in the triclinium or whatever.

But you have no idea. You think this is just exaggerated? Go find any church conflict in America today. Most of them will be over the church supper or the lunch or they didn't bring this or I didn't get enough of this. All the time it happens over I didn't get something and people's feelings get hurt. Or so-and-so showed up at the fellowship dinner or Thanksgiving luncheon or something, didn't bring anything. And they're over there sitting, you know, hey, you want to do this?

You want to eat? Then make sure you contribute. I mean, this is the level at which we argue and fuss. In America, across the world, it's the same. If you really get down to the heart of the matter is we are very, very, very base people. Also, keep in mind that the first fight in the church, right, in the book of Acts is over food.

True. The Greeks and the Hebrews and the Hebrew widows, and again, both of them are coming from Jewish background. One are Greek speaking people kind of like living in the dispersion.

And the Hebrews were those living probably in Jerusalem, or at least they mostly spoke Hebrew. And they were fighting because their widows were not being taken care of during the dinner. My mama over here, she's a widow, and she didn't get anything to eat.

Golly. And my answer would have been like, yeah, I was like, why don't you go buy her some food? Well, that's what y'all supposed to be doing. I thought that was what y'all was doing.

Maybe I was wrong. Well, how come so-and-so over there, and she's not even from Jerusalem, she's not even from here. How is she going to get a plate and my mama don't get a plate?

So people who don't even go to church here getting a plate before, me and Ma does, and that's what you're telling me? Okay. That's how we're going to do. That's how we're going to do.

Here's what we're going to do. We're just not going to come. Yeah. We'll come for preaching and all.

We're just not going to stay. Yeah. People do stuff like this. They do. Yeah. Or they go to a coffee machine in the lobby, and the coffee runs out.

Watch them. Yeah. He looked at his empty cup like someone needs to notice me. I'll say that. Sigh loud or nothing.

No one can hear you. If y'all aren't watching the video podcast, Pashad picked up his cup and looked at it like he was expecting somebody to notice. Yeah. Yeah. Golly. That was funny.

It's sad to me. It's like, really? Yeah.

But one, we don't have to offer you anything. Yeah. Right. Right. We don't have to do that. Yeah. Because coming to church does not mean, hey, you got to also provide me with the beverages. Right. No.

You come because this is church. Right. And watch when that happens. And it's so sad. And I've done it too. So it's not like I'm saying other people do it. I've done it.

Yeah. I'm like, what am I about that? I've done that too.

And it's kind of embarrassing, but one of the things that used to really, really needle me is when I would get home and my drive-through order was wrong. I don't know why, but it would make me mad to a point where things that should have made me that mad didn't. You know what I mean? Oh, yeah.

Like I would get irrationally- I'm disproportionately mad at this thing. Right. And it's just, it's silly, but it is a real part of being human. Yeah. And I think that's what the enemy knows. Yeah. I know there's a reason the tactics haven't changed because they're effective.

Yeah. They work. They worked on Eve. They've worked for millennia.

They work on us today. That's right. But the second bait that he used against Jesus, which is very reminiscent of the one he used against Eve, is he appealed to Jesus's eyes or pleasure, so to speak. It says in Luke chapter four, verse five, then the devil, taking him up on a high mountain, showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, showed him, which means you have to see it. And the devil said to him, all this authority I will give you and their glory, for this has been delivered to me and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if you will worship before me, all will be yours. So he showed him, he saw it, and then he says, okay, you can have this all. And he, go ahead. I've heard people poke fun at this, at the devil, you know, tempting Jesus with his own stuff.

Like Jesus is, he's God and all of it belongs to him anyway, so like, why in the world? But there's something much deeper happening here. Yeah, yeah.

Yeah. And of course, it lines up very well with the temptation that Eve had in Genesis 3.6, that it was pleasant to the eyes. That forbidden fruit was pleasant to the eyes.

Just the way Satan showed Jesus, showed means you have to see, Eve also saw that the fruit was very beautiful, so precious. Look at all these kingdoms of the world, aren't they beautiful, aren't they powerful? And that appeal to your sense of power. You can have power over all these people. Now, we immediately jump to Jesus's deity and go, wow, he didn't need that, he has the whole universe.

But wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, humanity. In his humanity, he's tempting him, and he does have the right, because yes, in a sense, he is given the authority over the world. He's the prince of the power of the air. He's the one who was given that authority to rule. So he is telling the truth in that aspect, like, I can give it to you.

Not that he would, but he is telling the truth. This is mine to give. Mm-hmm. Well, that's the best deceptions, right? The ones that have some truth in it, so you latch onto that truth. And I think we trick ourselves into thinking we're way stronger than we are, in that the things that I look at won't affect me. But I can tell you, from experience, that things that I looked at when I was in high school that I had no business looking at, I can pull up just like that in my mind. I even think about, I know we've talked about this on the show before, but David, when he sinned against Uriah and Bathsheba, and the whole fallout from that, their firstborn baby died, it was one of the biggest travesties in the entire kingdom, and it all started because he saw something he shouldn't have seen. What he saw put that desire in his heart.

And from there, it was sort of unshakable. Yeah, your eyes, as we say that, our windows to the soul, so true. What you watch, see, admire, even envy or lust after to the eyes, they don't just go somewhere and get deleted, go to a trash bin, they stay. And so be very careful what you, as the song goes, be careful little eyes, what you see. So don't see that video. Don't take the second look at that person who is handsome or attractive or whatever. Don't do that. Don't let anything else go through your mind like, oh, I wonder what he is like, or I wonder what she may be like up close.

Don't do that. Don't play with fire, because you do that, Satan knows. And he said, okay, I'll work on that next time.

You got away this time, but next time I know exactly what to do. So when that temptation comes, you give God the glory and move on. And Jesus did, Eve didn't. Yeah. That's a good reminder for us. I mean, like we've said, the temptation itself is not the sin. It's where you go after that. So like you just said, when the temptation comes, don't be like, oh man, I've just I've messed up. No, recognize it. Give God the glory and move on.

And Christians will certainly, I think they'll do a more or less good job in real life. But then when it comes to like television, movies, music, the things that they put into their minds and their eyes, I think there's a lot of compromising that goes on and a lot of like rationalizing and justifying. Yeah. Even social media nowadays is so geared and so designed like a slot machine that you keep scrolling. It's almost like a slot machine. Let me see what I get next. Let me see what I will get next.

Let me try one more swipe and let's see where it goes. And you're getting new videos with something else and something else and something else. And if you start focusing on something which is lustful or some other sin that easily ensnares you, now the program is designed to send more of that to you. Yeah, that's true. And if you take that lustful look and stop and linger on that video, you know exactly how the algorithm works. Now you'll have 15 more coming at you. And a lot of Christians are totally cool with that.

And that's appealing to your eyes. Very much. Nothing's changed in the history of the world.

Nothing has changed. Satan is still using the same old bait. But there comes a third one that he used against Jesus, which he also used against Eve. And it says in Luke chapter 4 verse 9, then he brought him to Jerusalem, set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, if you are the son of God, throw yourself down from here. For it is written, he shall give his angels charge over you to keep you and in their hands they shall bear you up lest you dash your foot against a stone. So he's saying you're the son of God. So he's almost, he's puffing Jesus' pride over, trying to puff Jesus' pride up and saying you're the son of God.

Even if you throw yourself off. You're the man. You're it. You're it. You're the man. You got it. You have all this power.

What are you going to do with it? I mean, isn't that the same thing? I don't care whether you are a Fortune 500 business owner or you are the supervisor at that job, government job or whatever you're doing or in your school or in your, in the law enforcement or even in a church setting over that ministry. If he can get you with that bait of pride, oh man, people will do whatever. If he just appeal to pride. And what happens here with Eve in Genesis 3, 6, and a tree desirable to make one wise. That's what she wanted. She wanted to be wise. She wanted to have God's wisdom. Wise.

Yeah. And be very careful about wisdom. When people want wisdom, why do you want wisdom? If you really want to know why do you want wisdom?

To make right decisions? Do you want wisdom to help other people? To build God's kingdom? Or do you want wisdom so that people will look up to you and go, wow, wow, how do you have all that wisdom?

If only I had all that wisdom. He appealed to Jesus's pride that he can show off, man, you're the man. And he did the same thing with Eve, with wisdom. And of course, Jesus rejected that. Now there's a verse that I'm sure many of you have already thought off for as we're talking about this, and that's 1 John 2.16. And it says? It says, for all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the Father, but is of the world. Wow. I think that spells out so many truths right there, that it's not of the Father. All these things that Satan uses against us, even though he's quoting and twisting the word of God, it's not coming from God. Yeah.

Eyes, pride, flesh, the appetite, eyes, pleasure, and pride, of course, pride and ambitions. Same pattern. If anybody here is struggling with the enemy, just know God has given us in his word, his pattern, his bait, everything is exactly the same. And also, the answer to temptation is also the same. Yeah.

True. Where Eve failed. Eve failed because she just took it. Jesus was triumphant because he rejected the enemy, and he used scripture. That's right. He used what we know in Ephesians 6.17, the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God. You put on the whole armor of God passage, the sword of the spirit. You use the sword to fight the enemy. Everything else is defensive, sword is the only weapon in the armor, and it's the word of God.

That's right. So where Satan tried to twist his own sword using God's word, Christ actually used God's actual word, even spoken from his mouth. Yeah. The first one against food. What did Jesus say in Luke chapter 4, verse 4?

It says, it is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. Yeah. He's quoting Deuteronomy 8.3.

Second one is pleasure. And here Jesus answered and said to him, get behind me Satan, for it is written, you shall worship the Lord your God, and him only you shall serve. True. Right? And he was quoting Deuteronomy 6.13. And for the third bait, which was pride, this time Jesus answered and said to him, it has been said, you shall not tempt the Lord your God.

And he was quoting from Deuteronomy 6.16. So throughout this temptation, Jesus used the word of God. Do you feel like people give in to temptation so much because they're just giving in to emotion?

Like, you know what I mean? I don't think emotion is what tempts us, but our emotions definitely get in the way of us circumventing or overcoming temptation, I guess you could say. Temptation prays on that feeling. I think that's where Eve felt, felt that pride of life, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes.

She felt it. And that's where Jesus did not go to feeling, he went to scripture. And so feelings are not evil. Sometime back, somebody was trying to correct me. And I don't stand above correction. So if somebody is correcting me, but it's in the right direction, I receive it. But he was like, you know, I know you say a lot about emotion, but you know, God made emotions and emotions is part of who we are.

I'm like, I don't disagree with you one bit. You should love the Lord with your heart, you know, emotions as well. Having said that, what I'm referring to feelings are feelings that are so strong that you will compromise anything, your health, your well being, your behavior, you will do whatever because that feeling is so strong, you go with it. Right.

I mean, God also created sex, but we certainly put boundaries on it. So there's no reason to think emotions are a boundary-less thing. So if that feeling wants you to wallow in self-pity, you go for it. If that feeling gives you the license to get angry, you'll go for it. If the feeling leads you to pout, you'll go for it. You'll do whatever, because a feeling is your master.

And yeah, it's a terrible master. Can't be led by our feelings, we have to be led by faith, and we have to look to Christ as our example. And like we've said on today's episode and yesterday's episode, not just the example for us and how to fight temptation, but the one who has fought and won the battle for us. Yeah, Jesus was more than our example. It says in Hebrews 2.18, for in that he himself has suffered being tempted, he is able to aid those who are tempted. That's a powerful verse.

So it's not just follow Jesus' examples, but be near to him. Keep your eyes on him. Yeah, he'll help you.

Yeah. He'll help you overcome. You're feeling despondent, ask Jesus. You're feeling hopeless, ask Jesus.

You're feeling worthless, come to him. He knows it all. And he will fill your heart with himself.

Not just he'll give you those things, but he'll fill your heart with himself, because he knows what you need. That's a good point. That's a great point. How can I just, on my own power, do the things that Jesus does? Yeah.

I can't. If you have something that you need from him, you need him. That's right. Amen. Amen. So good. If today was helpful for you in overcoming temptation and understanding how to approach temptation, write in and let us know, 252-582-5028, or you can visit us online at ClearViewTodayShow.com.

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