I am going to split up my next few post into 3 shorter parts as I look at end of the prayer Jesus taught us…
- lead us not into temptation, but
- deliver us from evil:
- For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Matthew 6:13 KJV
This post is Part 1, the new living translation words it this way… And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one. (Matthew 6:13 NLT)
As I thought about this I recalled reading about Jesus himself being led into the desert to be tempted…The Spirit then compelled Jesus to go into the wilderness, where he was tempted by Satan for forty days. He was out among the wild animals, and angels took care of him. Mark 1:12-13 NLT. The ESV uses the wording, “The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.” The Amplified translation uses the word, “forced“. The New American Standard Bible reads, “the Spirit impelled Him to go. The Amplified Bible, classic edition, uses the wording, “the [Holy] Spirit [from within] drove Him out into the wilderness (desert).
All these translations clarify that God The Father is always in control. He doesn’t do the tempting but He does allow temptation for a purpose.
A life of following God’s leading is not always easy, comfortable or full of warm happy feelings & conditions.
God can lead us into temptation, The Holy Spirit (from within) lead Christ into temptation.
It is up to us to not put ourselves into a situation or conditions & circumstance where we are tempted and to pray to God asking that He not lead us into temptation, however, He obviously can lead us into temptation. On this note remember, if He does He has a good reason.
Look at other parts of Scripture that help clarify all this for us: Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
James 1:12-15 ESV
(See pic. at bottom -1Co. 10:13)
The temptation of Jesus in the wilderness is a whole other study and Matt. 4 goes into more detail than Mark does but one thing is clear…Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. (Matthew 4:1 NASB). Led by The Holy Spirit but not tempted by The Holy Spirit.
Jesus teaches us to ask our Father in Heaven to not lead us into temptation.
It is up to us to follow His leading, where ever that may lead us to.
I’ll stop there for this post and continue on with the next part, “deliver us from evil”, in the next.
EXTRA- Scripture: But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. They said to you,
“In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.”
It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit.
But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.
And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.
Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
Jude 1:17-25 ESV