Sunday, July 25th, 2010
"Go away, Satan! For it is written, "It is Jehovah your God you must worship, and it is to him alone you must render sacred service." (Matthew 4:10)
One temptation that the Devil used in the wilderness involved an offer to give Jesus political power. Satan showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and their glory and said: "All these things I will give you if you fall down and do an act of worship to me." (Matthew 4:8, 9) What an unscrupulous attempt to get the worship belonging to Jehovah and to induce Jesus to prove unfaithful to God! By meditating on the desire to be worshipped, that once loyal angel had become the sinful, covetous, and grossly evil tempter Satan the Devil. (James 1:14, 15) In stark contrast, however, Jesus was determined to remain faithful to his heavenly Father and replied with the words of today's text. God's Son wanted no part of Satan's world and would never worship that wicked one!—Deuternomony 6:13; 10:20.
(Watchtower issue: 11/15/08, 4:12)