1. The foundation scripture

We began in the previous post to explore the meaning of temptation in the holy scriptures. One of the two Greek words used for tempted is Peirazō/G 3985.  Let us continue to review its usage in the related texts.

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in 2596 all points 3956 tempted 3985 3987  like as [we are, yet] without sin (Hebrews 4: 15)

2.  According to Lord Jesus, people who tempt others are wicked, hypocritical and crafty people

a.  Jesus’ enemies tempted Him on question of the Roman law with the intent of having Him arrested for treason

The Pharisees asked Lord Jesus if it was lawful to pay taxes to Caesar. But Jesus perceived their wickedness   and said, Why tempt 3985 ye me, [ye] hypocrites? (Matthew 22: 17 & 18). According to Apostle Luke, Jesus perceived their craftiness (Luke 20: 23).

b. Lord Jesus’ enemies tried to cause  strife between religious factions by asking Him controversial questions about the Law of Moses

After hearing that Jesus had just silenced the Sadducees on the issue of  marriage in eternity, the Pharisees tried to catch the Lord with another controversial question. Their aim was to see if they could outdo their enemies, to cause strife between the two religious groups and to implicate Jesus as the source.

Therefore, one of them, a lawyer, tempted Him by asking which commandment was the greatest.  Jesus silenced them by answering directly from the scriptures that they claimed to know expertly. After that, none of them dared to question the Lord. This is the strategy to use with the skeptics  (Matthew 22: 34 & 35).

c. The scriptures say clearly that Jesus’ enemies tempted Him with the intent of accusing Him

This is brought out in the report on the woman who was caught red-handed in the act of adultery. When she was brought to Jesus, His enemies asked whether or not she should be stoned. The scriptures say that they said this ” tempting3985 him,” that they would be able to  accuse him (John 8: 5 & 6).

3. Conclusion

The scriptures show that humans can use words to tempt others with wicked intentions in mind.  This is the example set by satan.

Blessings, peace, angelic prosperity and protection.

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