The Contrast in the Wilderness

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Unfair advantage.

At one time in your life, you have heard the story of the tortoise and the hare.
The story has a moral “Slow and steady wins the race”. The tortoise is, of course, no match for the rabbit but the turtle ends up winning the race. The hare decided to take a nap in the middle of the contest because he was so far ahead and slept through the match.

The apparently slow turtle wins against the fast rabbit. It seems as if the rabbit had an unfair advantage over the turtle.

It seems as if the rabbit had an unfair advantage over the turtle.

When we see Jesus in the wilderness emaciated from his 40 days of fasting it looks like Satan also has an unfair advantage over Jesus. The scene of Jesus in the wilderness in Mat 4:1 is far different from the site where Jesus first confronted Satan in heaven Rev 12:7-9.

Before earth Jesus was a ruling commander now; he appears just to be an an emaciated mortal. When we contrast these two scenes, it seems as if Satan has the upper hand.

The Contrast

These two settings also reveal to us the differences between the character of Satan and the character of Jesus. In Isiah 14:12-14
we see that Satan had he hopes he wanted to ” be like the most high.”
Satan wanted to rise to the top and to take the very place of God. In contrast, when we look at Jesus in Phil. 2:5-8 He humbles himself.

The path to greatness

In these passages, we can see two divergent paths one that ascends to fall and one that descends to rise. There is a lesson for us as well in this story. What path should we take on the road to greatness? There is the way of the servant, and there is the way of the destroyer. Which direction will you choose?

Prayer: Father thank you today for what you have done for us. Help us to choose the life a servant. Help us not to exalt ourselves but seek to exalt you. Thank you. In Jesus name amen.

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  • cornel

    Allow me to say, without prejudice, that you have hit the proverbial nail on the head. When Jesus says that we cannot serve God and Mammon, it is precisely because they have diametrically opposite expectations and realities. We all seek for advantages, but we don’t all choose to believe that what God defines as valuable is better than that to which Mammon defines as such.