Each week we’ll post a short snippet from Ashley’s sermon from that Sunday. Here’s a few lines from what he said this week as we continued our Lent Series looking at Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness.
Through the drama of Job’s story we discover, perhaps uncomfortably, that in real life there can be no simple answers, even when other parts of the Bible suggest there might be.
Even God refuses to be contained in a tidy box, often leaving us unable to answer the question, of whether something is a test or a temptation, or both, or neither.
If we take this conclusion back to Jesus’ time in the wilderness, then perhaps we can see why Luke wants to tell us about the role of both the Spirit and satan, the accuser.
What from one angle might look like the temptation to deny God’s purposes, to question whether he really is the Son of God, from another angle is a test that will serve to strengthen his confidence in God, so that when he comes to Gethsemane and then to the cross, he will not falter.
Both factors are in play, both ways of reading what is happening can teach us something, and we do not need to try and reconcile them to recognise this.
[Reflecting on Luke 4.1-13 and Job 1.1 to 2.10]