Tonight, Don wraps up his study on the Disciple’s Prayer. Blessings and enjoy!
Sitting at the Feet of Yeshua
In this post, we wrap up our examination of the Disciple’s Prayer. In His final petition, Yeshua instructs us to pray: “And do not lead us into hard testing, but keep us safe from the Evil One.” (Matthew 6:13)
I’m extremely gratified that Stern’s uses the word ‘testing’ and not ‘temptation.’ We know that God does not lead us into temptation, but he does allow us to be tempted and tested.
When we read the story of the temptations of Yeshua, it begins: “Then the Spirit led Yeshua up into the wilderness to be tempted by the Adversary” (Matthew 4:1). If we take the word ‘tempt’ here in the sense of ‘to seduce into sin’, it makes the Ruach HaKodesh a partner in an attempt to compel Yeshua to sin. That’s a ridiculous interpretation! Time and again, we find that the word tempt has the idea of testing in it, at least as much as the idea of seeking to lead into sin.
Here, then, is one of the great and precious truths about temptation. Temptation is not designed to make us fall. Temptation is designed to make us stronger and better men and women. Temptation is not designed to make us sinners. It is designed to make us good. We may fail in the test, but we are not meant to. We are meant to emerge stronger and better for having gone through the process. In one sense, temptation is not so much the penalty of being human; it is the glory of being human. A person has to be tested before God can be used greatly in His service…..read the rest of the post here: The Disciple’s Prayer ~ Part 6