Sunday, March 15, 2020

The Road: To The Wilderness

March 15, 2020

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Psalm 91
            He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
            I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
            Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
            He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
            You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
            nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
            A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
            You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
            If you make the Most High your dwelling—
even the Lord, who is my refuge—
            then no harm will befall you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
            For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
            they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
            You will tread upon the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
            “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
            He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
            With long life will I satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

Matthew 4:1-11
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“ ‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
“Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
            Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

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