Sunday, April 22, 2012

Stones To Bread

We all know the devil is a master of deception. No where in the Bible did anyone turn stones into bread. However, in Matthew 3:9, just before the temptation, Jesus was talking to the Jews & telling them how God could raise up a people for Himself from the stones... The devil later incites Him to turn stones to bread, no doubt "improvising" on Jesus' own words. He had been fasting in the desert for 40 days & nights by this point & could have made bread out of thin air if He wanted. Instead, He replied "Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God".

I got to thinking how Satan twists words... Some Protestant movements teach you can have whatever you want if you just believe, from healing to money, to fame. Jesus DID say "I will do whatever you ask in My name" (John 14:13)... however, there seems to be a catch. The end of that verse implies that what we ask needs to bring glory to God. If it doesn't, our request is irrelevant. What would bring Him greater glory- a miraculous healing or a courageous faith-filled survival story? It all depends on God's will. Perhaps suffering will lead more souls to salvation. Afterall, it was His will that Jesus be in the desert for 40 days & nights. Man doesn't live only by what He gets from God's hand for his physical life, but also by what comes from within God for the life of man's spirit... Not only bread, but the Breath, the Voice, the Word.

Catholicism rings true for me because its not a free-for-all like most forms of Protestantism seem to be. Whatever "rules" we have are actually based on our respect for God, not on selfish desires for control. How would turning stones into bread be selfish? It would have been a matter of survival, right? But Jesus knew He had been led into the desert for a reason. It certainly wasn't to succumb to starvation or wild beasts, so He trusted His Father's Word, glorifying Him by His restraint.

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