Deuteronomy 26:4-10; Psalms 91:1-2,10-15; Romans 10:8-13; Luke 4:1-13
In a newspaper cartoon, two distinguished-looking gentlemen are comfortably seated on soft, upholstered chairs in an upscale office. One says to the other, “Last night I had a most terrible nightmare. I dreamed that the dollar was no longer worth worshipping.”
In today’s Gospel Lesson, Jesus has been fasting in the desert wilderness for forty days. Then the devil, who had been tempting Him for weeks, shows Him a vision of all the kingdoms of the world. And he tells Him that He can possess all the power and all the wealth of all those kingdoms on one condition. “Worship me,” he says, “and it shall be Yours” (Lk. 4:5,7). Jesus answers, “Scripture says, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve Him alone'” (Lk. 4:8).
Jesus warns us over-and-over again in the Gospels that money and possessions can destroy us. There are at least fifteen passages in the Gospels in which Jesus calls for a complete reversal of values in those persons for…
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