Daily Bible Nugget #240, Matthew 4:10

The Nugget:

Mat 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

My Comment:

The Scriptures should be used against our spiritual enemies. Our spiritual enemies include those who proclaim a message that is false to the Bible. But our enemies may also include the world, the flesh, and the devil. Of course our main spiritual enemy is Satan. But he has lots of helpers, and many have joined his team, or are on his team by default (John 3:18, 19). As for the world, in Bible terms, this has to do with the culture that surrounds us, not the physical planet. In 1 John 2:15 the Bible tells us not to love the world. Then it further spells out what is in the world that we are not to love: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:16). John then gives a wonderful promise: the world passes away, and the lust thereof, but he that does the will of God abides forever (1 John 2:17). This passage (1 John 2:15-17) makes for very instructive practical application cross reference study. I presented the cross references for this passage at Bible Nugget 102, posted December 5, 2013 (http://www.realbiblestudy.com/?p=833). In his attempt to tempt Jesus, Satan appealed to Jesus by offering Jesus the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them. Satan told Jesus, “All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me” (Matthew 4:9). Did you know that the Bible, especially in the New Testament, has several different kinds of “ifs”? Some “ifs” are more “iffy” than other ifs. When Satan told Jesus in Matthew 4:3, “If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread,” the “if” he used does not raise or express any doubt about Jesus being the Son of God. Even Satan understood and acknowledged that. But when in Matthew 4:9, Satan says “if thou wilt fall down and worship me,” Satan uses an “if” which expresses considerable doubt: Satan made the offer that if Jesus worshipped him, Satan would give Christ the kingdoms and glory of the world. Once again, Jesus responded to His spiritual enemy by quoting the Bible, saying “it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve” (Matthew 4:10). We should follow the example Jesus gave and learn to use the Bible against our own spiritual foes.

For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:

(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on page 1018 for Matthew 4:10.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 1037 or in Logos 5 Bible software for Matthew 4:10.

(3) Lacking access to those two resources, consult the cross references for this passage as I have developed them as given below:

Matthew 4:10. Then saith. =He 11:24, 25. Get. FS34, +Ps 50:16. Mt 16:21-23. %Ge 3:1-7. Ps 17:4. Mk 8:33. %Lk 4:13. James 4:7. 1 P 5:8, 9. Satan. ver. Mt 4:1. Nu 22:22. 1 S 29:4. 1 Ch 21:1. Jb 1:6, 12. 2:1. Ps 109:6. Zc 3:1, 2. Gr. Satanas, i.e. an adversary, *S#4567g. Mt 4:10. 12:26. 16:23. Mk 1:13. 3:23, 26. 4:15. 8:33. Lk 4:8. 10:18. 11:18. 13:16. 22:3, 31. Jn 13:27. Ac 5:3. 26:18. Ro 16:20. +1 Cor 5:5. 7:5. *2 Cor 2:11. *2 Cor 11:14. 1 Th 2:18. 2 Th 2:9. 1 Tim 1:20. 5:15. Re 2:9, 13, 13, 24. 3:9. 12:9. 20:2, 7. See *S#4566g, 2 Cor 12:7. For *S#7854h, see Jb 1:6, Satan. for it is written. ver. Mt 4:4, 7. Mt 15:4. *Ep 6:17. Thou shalt. Mt 22:21. >Dt 6:13, 14. 10:20. Jsh 24:14. 1 S 7:3. Lk 4:8. worship. Gr. proskuneō (S#4352g, Mt 2:2). T#744. Mt 2:11. %+*Mt 14:33. +*Ex 20:2, 3, *Ex 20:5. *Ex 34:14. Dt 5:7. 11:16. +Ps 22:28 (T#280). Ps 96:4, 5, 8, 9. +Ec 12:13 (T#295). Lk 4:8. Ac 10:26. 14:15. +Col 2:18 (T#80). Re 4:10. 7:11. +*Re 19:10. +*Re 22:8, 9. the Lord. Jsh 22:34. Is 44:6-8. and him only. FS92E. Gnome; or, Quotation F/S 791: where the words are varied by omission, addition, or transposition. Here, the words are varied by addition, for the words “and him only shalt thou serve” are not quoted from Deuteronomy (but see Dt 6:13n), but added by our Lord. For other instances of this figure see Mt 4:15, 16. 5:31. 12:18-21. 19:5. 22:24. Lk 4:8. Ro 11:3, 4. 1 Cor 2:9. 14:21. 1 P 1:24, 25. shalt thou. T#241. Mt 6:24. 22:37, 38. Ex 20:2. 23:25. Dt 10:20. 13:4. +Jsh 22:5. 1 S 7:3. 1 K 13:16. 1 Ch 29:11. 2 Ch 30:8. +Ps 22:28 (T#280). Da 3:28. Lk 16:13. serve. Gr. latreuō [S#3000g: Rendered (1) serve: Mt 4:10. Lk 1:74. 2:37. 4:8. Ac 7:7. 26:7. 27:23. Ro 1:9, 25. 2 Tim 1:3. He 8:5. 9:14. 12:28. 13:10. Re 7:15. 22:3. (2) worship: Ac 7:42. 24:14. Phil 3:3. (3) do the service: He 9:9].

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3 Responses to Daily Bible Nugget #240, Matthew 4:10

  1. ken sagely says:

    mt 4.10 Then Jesus said to him, Begone, Satan! for it is written, You shall worship
    the Lord your God, and serve Him only.

    encouraging cross refs.(the best commentary on the bible is the bible)
    1. mt 16.23 But He turned and said to Peter, Get behind Me, satan! You are
    a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests,
    but man’s.
    2. jas 4.7 Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
    3. 1 pe 5.8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
    4. 1 pe 5.9 But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of
    suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.
    5. ep 6.10 finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might.
    6. ep 6.11 Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against
    the schemes of the devil.

  2. Thank you for sharing this. Spiritual warfare is critical for every believer. I share biblical and proven tools God has given us in “Battlefield Strategies for Every Believer: A Biblical Guide to Spiritual Warfare.”

  3. Jerry says:

    Dear Gaylyn,

    Thank you for your kind comment. I hope you will find it possible to visit and leave more comments.

    More people who believe the Bible need to become equipped to do spiritual warfare.

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