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    [FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif]Tuesday, June 11[/FONT]

    [FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif]Go away, Satan!—Matt. 4:10.[/FONT]

    [FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif]Shortly after Jesus’ baptism,[/FONT][FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif] Satan tried to entice Jesus to pursue[/FONT][FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif] selfish desires rather than to[/FONT][FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif] keep Jehovah as the most important[/FONT]
    [FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif]Person in his life. The Devil[/FONT][FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif] presented Jesus with three temptations.[/FONT][FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif] First, he tried to appeal[/FONT][FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif] to fleshly desire, tempting Jesus[/FONT]
    [FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif]to turn stones into bread. [/FONT][FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif](Matt.4:2, 3)[/FONT][FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif] Jesus had just fasted for[/FONT][FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif] 40 days and was very hungry. So[/FONT][FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif] the Devil urged him to misuse his[/FONT][FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif] miraculous powers to satisfy his[/FONT][FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif] hunger. How did Jesus react?

    Unlike
    [/FONT][FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif] Eve, Jesus focused on Jehovah’s[/FONT][FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif] Word and immediately rejected[/FONT][FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif] the temptation. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif](Matt. 4:4)[/FONT][FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif][/FONT]
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    In his last desperate attempt, Satan
    [/FONT][FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif] offered Jesus all the kingdoms[/FONT][FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif] of the world. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif] (Matt. 4:8, 9) [/FONT] [FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif] Jesus immediately refused the[/FONT]
    [FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif]offer. He realized that accepting[/FONT][FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif] it would be tantamount to rejecting[/FONT][FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif] Jehovah’s sovereignty—God’s[/FONT][FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif] very right to be the Most High.

    In
    [/FONT][FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif] each case, Jesus answered Satan[/FONT][FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif] by quoting scriptures that contained[/FONT][FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif] Jehovah’s personal name.[/FONT]
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    5/15 3:9, 11
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    Two points stand out to me from the text:

    Satan is an opportunist and knows our weaknesses.

    Jesus was able to see the "big picture" (could see all the factors involved) regarding Jehovah's position as the Sovreign. To have given an act of worship to Satan in exchange for having all of the kingdoms and their glory, would have been rejecting Jehovah's sovreignty.

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  3. Hi Wallflower:

    Nice response. Was that what the Watchtower did when Satan temped them with association in the U.N. as an NGO in exchange for their help and influence around the globe to help them open up the preaching work and help reduce or eliminate persecution throughout the world "in exchange for one act of worship" to Satan? Did the leadership of the Watchtower keep their own council as given in this text in that case, or are they a do as I say and not what I do type of leadership?

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