If temptation were all about blatant wrongdoing, it would be far easier to avoid.
Lent | First Sunday in Lent (Year C)
Deuteronomy 26:1-11 (Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16); Romans 10:8b-13; Luke 4:1-13
This week’s readings are generally about the faithful. Deuteronomy describes God’s faithful care of a “wandering Aramean” or “Syrian about to perish”—most likely Jacob. The psalm echoes God’s faithful care of God’s own, safely abiding in the shadow of the Almighty. Paul reminds the Romans how uncomplicated it is to come by salvation: it only takes faithful hearts and faithful speech. And we see Jesus’ profound faithfulness as he survives the devil’s temptations in the wilderness. Preaching these texts looks easy enough, maybe even uninspiring. It doesn’t get much more basic than faith.
Where Moses reassured his listeners with the word when, the devil tempts Jesus with the word if.
by James AlisonFebruary 5, 2013