The Provision After The Test

“Then the devil left Him, and behold angels came, and began to minister to Him.” (Matthew 4:11)

It is not accident that these words follow the series of temptations that Jesus experienced.  The first of the temptations had to do with food: “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”  This was after Jesus had fasted for 40 days, and had then become hungry.  Jesus had repulsed each of the temptations of Satan with scripture, including the final one, in which He was offered all the kingdoms of the world if He would worship Satan.  

And now, having passed through the temptations without succumbing to them, the Bible tells us that “angels came, and began to minister to Him.” The word “minister” here is “diakonoun” the same word which our “deacon” comes from, which describes one waiting on tables.   So it should be instructive to us that when Jesus had resisted the temptation of Satan to turn the stones into bread, and provide for Himself in a way which was outside of God’s will, that God DID provide for Him just what He needed, in right and godly way through the angels.

God’s servants today should learn from the example of Jesus: Satan will tempt us to compromise in order to obtain some thing which may in itself be “good”, in an ungodly way.  And if we will pass on the initial temptation to compromise, we wil find that God will give us just what we needed, only without the taint and compromise of sin.  How often do God’s people never get that far, because they have already succumbed to the evil shortcut.  Thus they never experience what God might have done for them, in a wondrous way, had they stood fast and waited on Him!

About Shawn Thomas

My blog,, features the text of my sermons, book reviews, family life experiences -- as well as a brief overview of the Lifeway "Explore the Bible" lesson for Southern Baptist Sunday School teachers.
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