Your Adversary, the Devil

from the series Sojourn: Toward an Enduring City

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  • By:
    Ron Williams
    1 Peter 5:8, Matthew 4:1-11, Matthew 16:21-24
    1 Peter 5:8, Matthew 4:1-11, Matthew 16:21-24
    Order of Worship
  • 1 Peter 5:8

    8Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

    Matthew 4:1-11

    The Temptation of Jesus

    4Then 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,'


    "'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 Godand him only shall you serve.'"

    11Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.

    Matthew 16:21-24

    Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection

    21From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, "Far be it from you, Lord!Or "[May God be] merciful to you, Lord!" This shall never happen to you." 23But he turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindranceGreek stumbling block to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man."

    Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus

    24Then Jesus told his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.