Posted by Rev. Jon Dunbar

Readings for the First Sunday in Lent

Luke 4:1-13; Romans 10:8b-13; Deuteronomy 26:1-11

The devil attacks us wherever our appetite is strongest.

      Think about the implications of that for you as you read about our Lord’s temptation in the wilderness. Satan tried to exploit Jesus’ hunger in three areas: food, glory, and immunity from pain. Jesus kept Satan at bay using the power of God’s Word (Luke 4).

     The Epistle offers a comforting promise that Jesus – having defeated temptation himself – will also come to our rescue when we call on him. His victory over sin and Satan becomes our victory! (Rom 10)

     Another key in times of temptation? Remember who you are as God’s child, how far He has brought you, and where He is taking you. As Israel recalled her history of divine covenant, slavery and redemption, this was the impetus for her to continue offering joyful, faithful worship to her LORD (Deut 26).