“Then the devil led him up to a high place and showed him in a flash all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “To you I will grant this whole realm —and the glory that goes along with it, for it has been relinquished to me, and I can give it to anyone I wish. So then, if you will worship me, all this will be yours.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘You are to worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’””
Having been tempted physically (vv.1-4), Jesus was then tempted with glory. Jesus was offered this whole realm…the glory that goes along with it…How was this dominion and glory to be transferred? Jesus is told that He has to worship the devil, literally “bend the knee, προσκυνέω”. Jesus was being asked to worship the devil in act and in posture. On offer was world ruling dominion and the associated glory if only Jesus were to worship and rely on the power of evil to achieve it.
If dominion and glory were someone’s main goal and they were not concerned with process, or truth, do you think they would have taken the opportunity? I think a self-centred, deceitful, lying lunatic may well have taken the opportunity.
Someone committed to the cause, someone who knew where glory and power and dominion truly belong (Jude 1.24-25) would not give in to the temptation of glory via demonic deception.
For you and for me, this temptation will present itself many times each day in many ways. Are you willing to take credit for something when others deserve it, thus making you a liar? Are you willing to deceive yourself and to tell yourself that you do actually deserve all the good in your life, that you have earned it, that you are just ‘getting yours’? Or, like the Lord, are you prepared to stand on the authority of Scripture and say only God is to be worshiped, creator not creation, and certainly not me.