- ...If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. (Matthew 4:3).
Amazing piece of scripture. Is it really the case that the devil was not aware he was dealing with the Son of God? What on earth was he trying to get Jesus to prove Himself as the Son of God? The devil has not changed his schemes. He used the same scheme of “identity proving“ to floor Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:5: “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.“
A second look at the scripture above reveals the scheming nature of the devil. See the identity thing at play again: “...ye shall be as gods...“ This is incredible. These folks have already been created in the image of God--- they carry the image of God; they were as gods! In fact, they were in charge on earth carrying a God mandate: “I have said,.Ye are gods...“ (Psalms 82:6).In 1 Chronicles 21:1, the devil showed up with the same identity trick scheme. “And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel“. This census I believe was for David to know his military strength and how strong a kingdom he has built---an avenue for pride and trust in what he has built and achieved as a King.
Never attempt to prove a point of who you are; rather “...be clothed with humility... (1 Peter 5:5). Just be you. Get what needs to be done, done.