Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone.’” Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And the devil said to him, “To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’” Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’” Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 13 When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time. (Luke 4:1-13, NRSV)
Is Satan really asking Jesus if he is the son of God? Does Satan not know?
No Satan is not questioning Jesus’ identity. He knows full and well that this is God. And he knows that Jesus’ hunger can be dealt with easily as He can change stones to bread.
And when Jesus will not bow to Satan’s pleas or offers, Satan quotes scripture to Jesus to show Him it is ok for Him to give in. Tricky isn’t he?
You see the devil does not question God’s identity but do we?
Are our hearts in tune with Jesus identity to know when He is leading us? Do we question His identity?
What are we willing to give up to follow after Him? What is keeping us from knowing His identity?