A post from several years ago about knowing the Word of God.
1Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4But he answered, “It is written, “ ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ” 5Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple 6and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, “ ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and “ ‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’ ” 7Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ” 8Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “ ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’ ” 11Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him. Matthew 4:1-11
I love how Jesus answers all of the temptations of Satan by quoting scripture. It brings to my mind the admonition of Paul to Timothy to be prepared in season and out to give the Word (c.f. II Timothy 4:2). It also makes me think of Senator Robert Byrd from West Virginia.
Sen. Byrd has served his home state in the U.S. Senate for over fifty years, even completing his Juris Doctorate during that time. He is known among fellow senators for always carrying a small copy of the Constitution of the United States in his pocket, and he gives out similar copies to all incoming senators. He is renowned for his love of this historic document and knows it by heart. He is prepared to give anyone the reasons for his support or opposition to any piece of legislation based on the Constitution alone. He can quote it and defend it well.
I think of this giant of the United States Senate partly because I also love the founding documents of my country but more so because I want to be just as devoted to the Word of God as he is to the Constitution. I want to always be learning the Bible at a deeper and deeper level so I can call upon that knowledge at a moments’ notice.
I think this is what walking in a manner to leave Him behind means today. We need to leave others with an uplifting message from God’s love. We need to do this both with our mouths and with our actions. I encourage you to do this today.