Yeshua’s Temptation PROVES he is Not God

Apr 24, 2015 | General |

Disclaimer

PLEASE NOTE: The following study, though not a direct quote, is adapted from a discussion authored years ago by a fellow Torah keeper, worshipper of the One True God, and follower of Messiah Yeshua.  I prefer to not provide his name until I receive permission to do so.

This study is a companion study to a separate discussion in which we prove how God cannot be and never has been literally seen.  Of course, that proves that since Yeshua (Jesus) was often literally seen then he cannot possibly be “God in the flesh”.  The discussions were presented separately in order to reduce the length and complexity of each.

That study focuses upon the “seeing” issue.  This study focuses, instead, upon alleged examples in Scripture that people say prove God was seen as well as what they wrongly interpret to be examples of the physical manifestation of a preexistent Messiah (Christ).  There is some unavoidable overlap or repetition between the two studies. Nevertheless, the need to correct the common misconceptions within contemporary Christianity and counterfeit Messianism necessitates repetition in order for the truth to be rescued from the darkness of deceit and false teaching found within those two sister faiths.

Both studies prove basically the same thing, which is that since God has never been seen, Yeshua the Messiah cannot possibly be God.  This study goes further in proving that the concept of Messiah appearing in a preexistent form is incorrect and based primarily in biased preconceptions that are forced into the passages used by such agents of deception.


Theophanies and Christophanies?

In the written Torah we find the following passage:

Exodus 33:11 (KJV)
11 And YHVH (God) spoke unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend….

Such a statement is explained in theological terms as a “theophany.”

Theophany (THEE-ah-feh-nee): A visible manifestation of God or a god to humans (literally seeing).  It can also refer to an audible manifestation (hearing).

Christophany is another theological term used to refer to either a visible or auditory manifestation of the preincarnate “Christ.” A christophany is one interpretation of a theophany. Neither word is found in Scripture.  They are simply man’s attempt to define and explain something they don’t understand.  The Scriptures, however, do not leave us in the dark concerning the alleged ‘appearances’ of The Almighty Creator God.

Let’s begin by trying to understand theophanies and whether or not they can be actual appearances of The Eternal One. The Bible makes it quite clear that no man has ever seen or heard The Most High Creator God. Consider the following verses;

Exodus 33:20 (KJV)
20 And He said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.
John 1:18 (KJV)
18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared Him.

Briefly, some Bible versions terribly misrepresent John 1:18.  An example of this is what is shown in the New English Translation (NET).  Please note what I show in bold italics in the verse from that Bible version.  It should be noted that most Bible versions do not render the verse as it is shown from the NET Bible.  Unfortunately, however, the few that do are what “God in the flesh” promoters utilize, usually without informing their audience of the questionable nature of the translation.

John 1:18 (NET)
18 No one has ever seen God. The only one, himself God, who is in closest fellowship with the Father, has made God known.

The shameless bias of the specific scholar who was tasked with translating the verse is obvious.  Though I will not quote it here, the translator note which accompanies the verse within the NET bible actually makes mention of the potential error and then attempts to dodge the issue.

I will not detail the error within this discussion since I will do so in the study which proves how God cannot be seen, never has been seen, and therefore how Yeshua (Jesus) is most definitely not God.  I will presently only point out how the “himself God” phrase is an extremely biased and blatant attempt at deception.  At best, the variation within the many translations seriously undermines the translators biased rendering of the verse and should cause any sincere reader to recognize its doubtful accuracy.

Continuing with the verses, we read:

John 5:37 (KJV)
37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His shape.
John 6:46 (KJV)
46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of god, he hath seen the Father.
1 John 4:12 (KJV)
12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us.
1 Timothy 1:17 (KJV)
17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Timothy 6:16 (KJV)
16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.

Returning to Exodus 33:11 we again read:

Exodus 33:11 (KJV)
11 And YHVH (God) spoke unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend.

How can that be the case?  If the other verses are correct, which they are, how can it be said that The Creator spoke to Moses “face to face”? Similar statements were made in Deut.34:10, and Num.12:6-8.

Deuteronomy 34:10 (KJV)
10 And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face,

Numbers 12:6-8 (KJV)
6 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.  7 My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.  8 With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?

Moses himself helps to explain this in Deuteronomy.5:4 when he said “The LORD talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire. He was referring to the giving of the Ten Commandments in Exodus.20.  Upon completion of Israel hearing those words, God told Moses to say to the children of Israel, “You have seen that I have talked to you from heaven (Ex.20:22).

Let us study this further.  Did God actually speak to Moses “face to face”?  Was God literally “seen” talking from heaven?  Are these actual theophanies or christophanies?

Biased scribes and translators DO make a difference

I would be remiss were I not to point out that there is a verse or two from the New Testament that biased scribes and translators twisted and corrupted in such a way as to somehow provide evidence that Messiah is the “God” being tested. One of those verses is 1 Corinthians 1o:9.

1 Corinthians 10:9
9And let us not put Christ to the test, as some of them did, and were destroyed by snakes.
The NET Bible First Edition

This verse is referring to an incident recorded in Numbers 21:5-9 in which God punished the Israelites by sending serpents into their camp. Therefore, if one were to consider this verse from 1 Corinthians to be legitimate, then a preexistent Messiah would be shown to be the God of that ancient event.

I will only state presently that the term rendered “Christ” in the verse is one of three possible renderings depending upon which ancient New Testament manuscript fragment is being used. Other manuscripts use the Greek term that would be rendered “Lord”, and still others have the term that would be rendered as “God”.  An example is found by referencing the New American Standard Bible, from which we read:

1 Corinthians 10:9
9Nor let us try the Lord, as some of them did, and were destroyed by serpents.
The New American Standard Bible

It should be no surprise that the “God incarnate” bias of Christian translators cause them to generally choose the manuscripts that are rendered as “Christ” in most Bible versions. In other words my friend, the Christian translators of most English version Bibles may have let their bias guide them into rendering the passage as they wish it to read – a rendering which advances their biased notion that Messiah is “God in the flesh”.

I will hasten to add, however, that at least in many Bibles there is a note that alerts the careful reader to the possibility of the other possible renderings of “Lord” or “God”, either of which reduces any support whatsoever from the passage for the “God in the flesh” doctrine.

It is possible that “Christ” is correct; however, that proves nothing since the word “Christ” comes from the Greek word Christos, which simply means “anointed”, and could have easily been referring to Moses.  Moses was definitely anointed by God and present during the time of the incident recorded in Numbers chapter 21.

I will not elaborate within this discussion regarding the level of corruption and deceit that was practiced by the biased church scribes of centuries past or of the more modern biased Christian translators. I will address it within a separate article.

First Corinthians 10:9 is, at best, inconclusive since the variation in available manuscript evidence does not allow a firm conclusion.

For the purposes of this specific study of Messiah’s temptation it would prove nothing anyway since within the temptation passages we read earlier Messiah in his response to the devil’s attempt is clearly referring to the God he worshiped and not to himself. Likewise, the devil is not assuming that the man, Yeshua, to whom he was speaking was “God in the flesh” – a fact I will now prove.

Satan knew to whom he was speaking

Let me direct you back to the words of Satan, the tempter. Notice that within his tempting words to Messiah he twice stated:

“… If thou be the Son of God …”

It is worthy of note that the devil did not even hint that he considered Messiah to actually be God, which is why I say that the devil obviously did not assume that Yeshua was “God in the flesh”. If he had, his question would have been, ” If thou be God …”. Obviously, unlike Christian and counterfeit Messianic agents of deception (as well as biased Christian scribes and translators), Satan knew full well that Messiah is most definitely not God. This seemingly trivial point is actually quite important since it provides yet more proof that Yeshua the Messiah is most definitely not “God in the flesh.”

The gospels record the clear fact that Messiah was tempted. Christianity and counterfeit Messianism promote that Messiah is “God in the flesh”.

However, I unapologetically state without hesitation that The Eternal Creator God cannot be tempted. Therefore, unless you wish to dare suggest that God can be tempted, you must accept that Messiah cannot possibly be God.

This is yet another straightforward, common sense bit of evidence which proves beyond doubt that Messiah is not God. How can anyone be so blind so as to not see the simplicity of such a proof?

It is impossible to tempt God

Let me clarify the proof further starting with a reading from the epistle of James.

James 1:13
13Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

Matthew records Yeshua quoting a passage from Torah (Deuteronomy 6:16) when he responds with “Thou shalt not tempt the LORD thy God.”  The NASB translation more properly renders this verse, as “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.”  Just in case a person should consider that this suggests God can be tempted, I will endeavor to explain the differences between the temptation of Messiah and “tempting” God.

God’s mercy is tested, but He is never tempted

The temptation of Messiah was of the sort James defines with a further reading from his epistle.

James 1:14,15 (KJV) 
14But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed15Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

The form of temptation James described is of the sort that tests a persons limits of righteousness and obedience to God. It is simply being enticed to sin or transgress God’s Torah.  It is obvious from the gospel readings from Matthew, Mark, and Luke that this was precisely the nature of Satan’s temptation of Messiah.

The “tempting” of God, however, has a completely different meaning.  It does not involve enticement to sin since God cannot sin.  It is of the sort that test God’s limits of grace or mercy.  In the temptation account as presented by The New American Standard Version (NASB) it is correctly rendered as testing God with our sin and thus risking His wrath.

Matthew 4:7 (NASB) 
14Jesus said to him, “On the other hand, it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

We have all seen children “test” their parents by trying to find and perhaps expand the boundaries of permissible behavior beyond which discipline is imposed.

That is exactly what “testing” God means.  We are commanded, as His children, to not test the limits of His mercy and grace (favor) because there are limits.  This form of “testing” is what God deals with daily as He sees and hears our every thought and action.  Indeed, we test God continuously, and we continue to exist solely because “his mercy endureth forever”.

So the difference between the tempting or testing of Yeshua the Messiah and the “tempting” or “testing” God endures is:

  1. Tempting of Yeshua was a test of his righteousness and obedience to the God he worshiped.
  2. Tempting (testing) of God is a test of His mercy and grace.

They are completely different forms of tempting; therefore, do not let anyone lie to you by suggesting that it is possible to tempt God in the same manner that Messiah was tempted as recorded in the gospels.

Traditional Christianity and its spiritual daughter, counterfeit Messianism, by teaching that Yeshua is “God in the flesh,” not only teaches that God was “drawn away of his own lust” by being tempted (enticed) to sin, but that He was tempted by evil.

Leaders of traditional Christianity and counterfeit Messianism very much imply God was tempted since they teach Yeshua the Messiah is God.  Thus, Christian pastors and counterfeit Messianic rabbis directly contradict what James says in his epistle.

What most traditional Christian and counterfeit Messianic leaders say occurred is what James says is impossible.  Let’s see what the verse from James 1:13 says again.

“…For God cannot be tempted with evil…”

So, the grand deceiver through contemporary Christianity, which is also the basis of counterfeit Messianism, is blatantly promoting that God can be:

  1. Tempted to sin through enticement and lust, and
  2. Tempted BY evil

So by teaching Yeshua is “God in the flesh,” most Christian and Messianic leaders (as well as most Christians and Messianics) contradict James in each of the 2 points he makes about God’s immunity from temptation.

By teaching that Messiah is “God incarnate” Christianity and its false “Hebraic” daughter, counterfeit Messianism, are directly promoting that God can and was tempted by Satan.

That is an absolute fact that they cannot deny no matter how much verbal gymnastics and trickery they attempt to utilize. But there is an even more despicable and wicked component of their teachings, as I will show shortly.

It is a matter of a simple reading of the New Testament and common sense.  The fact that Yeshua was tempted even though God cannot be tempted should disprove any suggestion that Yeshua is God.

What is so hard to understand about the clear facts learned from this single issue?  Those who still believe that Yeshua the Messiah is God after considering this issue are quite simply refusing to bend to the facts or worship the TRUE God.  Instead, they willfully choose to cling to the idolatrous teachings of Christianity and its counterfeit Messianic daughter by worshiping the false God and promoting the false “God in the flesh” Christ ( the antichrist) being promoted by it.

Yeshua the Messiah was tempted as we are

The writer of Hebrews presents us with further irrefutable evidence that Yeshua is NOT God when he tells us Yeshua was tempted in all points as we are.

Hebrews 2:18
18For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
Hebrews 4:15
15For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

The fact that Messiah was not only tempted but was tempted in all points (every way, all ways, all manner) creates an immediate and severe problem for those who claim Yeshua is God – a problem that raises the following question:

Would someone within the camp of those who claim Yeshua is God please explain how a God that cannot be tempted with evil was often tempted with evil?

The Scriptures repeatedly describe the absolute, incomprehensible perfection of the Eternal Father and that He is totally immune from temptation – characteristics of God that those believing Yeshua to be God implicitly deny.  Any that deny the absolute perfection, righteousness, and Holiness of the Living God may be beyond hope.  Unfortunately, traditional Christianity and her counterfeit Messianic offspring apparently do deny it by claiming Yeshua – whom they believe and promote to be The Creator God – is not immune to being tempted just as often as we are (in all ways).

The false teaching that Yeshua is God not only elevates a man to being God, it also blasphemously degrades God to being a man.  Yet most Christians and Messianics seem incapable of recognizing the serious blasphemy this concept entails.

Please excuse my persistence on this point, but it must be hammered deeply into the mind of the reader.  I sincerely regret if my comments appear offensive; however, the Scriptures also plainly teach that the truth is often an offense.  Offense is unavoidable when truth is proclaimed in this present evil world full of false teachers.  Additionally, I am of certain opinion the offense committed against God by most Christian and Messianic leaders is far more serious.  Given the choice between offending the True God or offending my fellow man, I will choose offending my fellow man every single time. I pray your indulgence as I proceed with my defense for God and His chosen One, Yeshua the Messiah.  I will respond as Peter did in Acts to those that complain:

Acts 4:19,20
19 …Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. 20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

The immovable barrier

The temptation of Messiah creates an immovable barrier standing in the path of those who wish to believe or teach that Yeshua is “God in the flesh.”

The single fact that Yeshua was tempted in all points as we are becomes a “dooms-day device” in the camp of all those wishing to promote the idolatrous doctrine that Messiah is literally God.

There is no way around it other than resorting to the theological ejection button defenses of church “mysteries” or, as counterfeit Messianics often do, relying on a warped and distorted version of otherwise legitimate Kabbalah.

Any reader of Scripture who is sincere in his or her attempt to study this issue without bias need go no further than the temptation issue to prove that Yeshua is very definitely, clearly, unambiguously, without doubt, not God.

If tradition, family, peer pressure, denominational fervor, reverence for your spiritual leader, or whatever tactic the idolatry promoters hurl at those seeking truth still has you in its power, allow me to strive to show you what requires your serious thought. I will use a very basic form of irrefutable logic to illustrate my point.

If A is not equal to C, and B is equal to C; then A is not equal to B

Scripture plainly teaches

  • It is impossible for God (A) to be tempted (C) – A is NOT equal to C
  • Yet Yeshua (B) was tempted (C) – B IS equal to C
  • Therefore Yeshua (B) is not God (A) – A is NOT equal to B

What is it of “tempted” that those who promote Messiah to be “God in the flesh” not understand?”  Ok, one more time…

  • God — cannot be tempted at all, ever, it is impossible.
  • Yeshua — was tempted – directly by Satan – in the verses we read as well as many other times not specifically recorded in the New Testament writings.
  • THEREFORE — Yeshua is NOT God!

Persistence in showing simplicity

If you are annoyed at my persistence perhaps you should actually lay aside any biased notions you may have and sincerely ponder the simplicity of this issue.  If you are among those who believe Messiah is God; then, your possible irritation may be a sign of the internal struggle you are having as you are awakened to the impact of the temptation issue and of your denial of what you may now be actually realizing is the outlandish nature of the claim that Yeshua is God.  Cast off the ridiculous and unexplainable “mystery” and accept instead the VERY explainable, non-mysterious truth.

We who see the elementary truth of Messiah NOT being God never have to deal with the embarrassment of having to utilize the ejection buttons of contemporary Christianity and counterfeit Messianic Judaism’s.  In the case of Christianity the ejection device is “oh, it’s a mystery. It’s unexplainable …” and with counterfeit Messianism it is the exact same thing couched within a deformed and defected version of Kabbalah – a Kabbalah which differs dramatically from the legitimate inner essence, or Kabbalah, of Torah.   We never have to use those ejections buttons to “eject” from a discussion regarding Messiah’s deity.

It never ceases to amaze me how people will accept concepts which do not originate from Scripture or which must be painstakingly “derived” from distortion of alleged Scriptural “clues”.  Such nonsensical concepts would otherwise be ridiculous anywhere else except within contemporary Christianity and counterfeit Messianism.  Worse still is the fact that the truth, such as the truth that Messiah cannot possibly be “God in the flesh”, is usually more realistic, easier to understand, and Scriptural.  Much worse is how others actually teach these doctrines of the Anti-Messiah spirit of error.

It seems that to such deceived people the more mysterious or outlandish a concept is, the more open people are to accepting it.  Proof of this is the latest craze that I’ve already briefly mentioned of using an illegitimate distortion of Kabbalah as “proof” of Yeshua’s deity.  This misuse of Kabbalah is even more outlandish than Christianity’s Traditional Trinity “mystery” and shows that the depths of desperation have yet to be reached by those who refuse to release their grip on the false teaching that Messiah is God.

My fellow worshippers of the One and ONLY True Eternal Father God and followers of the man Yeshua the Messiah upon whom God put His Spirit and bequeathed all power and authority, can see no possible way anyone can ever prove – regardless of how much “mystery” jargon or theological slight-of-hand is used – that Yeshua is God yet was tempted.

If minds were truly open and tradition not so powerful this single issue would resolve the question of whether or not Messiah Yeshua is God.  But, alas, I have no doubt the “mystery” argument, pride, butchery of Scripture, and powers of tradition will maintain their grip on most christians.  So, let us continue, and hold on because the same argument is applicable when we read of Yeshua’s death because of the implication that God can die – an implication even more blasphemous than that He can be tempted to sin.

A wicked implication of the “God in the flesh” teaching

Recall earlier in this discussion I suggested that there is an even more despicable and wicked component the false “God in the flesh” teaching of Christianity and counterfeit Messianism that is exposed by the temptation issue. I will now reveal it.

Noteworthy is how Satan himself is specifically the character who temped Yeshua and even asked Yeshua to worship him in the recorded passages.  So, not only was Messiah Yeshua tempted, but he was actually enticed by the devil to worship him.

It should be noted that The Creator God is also Satan’s Creator. Are Christian teachers attempting to have us believe that Satan actually tempted The Creator God to worship him?

Yes.  They are.  There is no way around the fact that by teaching Yeshua is God, most Christians and Messianics are teaching that God can be asked by Satan to worship him.

Satan may be the epitome of evil, but he is most certainly not stupid.  In fact, Scripture portrays him as being extremely smart and cunning. He, apparently unlike the majority of traditional Christians and counterfeit Messianics, is fully aware that God cannot be tempted; thus, he would not waste his time trying! I must ask what kind of depraved and irreverent mind could possibly believe that the prince of evil would ever dare entice the Almighty Creator into sinning or – even worse – worshipping him?

Unfortunately, the powerful grip of tradition breeds traditional Christians and Messianics who are unknowingly more irreverent in ways than even the devil since by teaching that Yeshua is God they promote that God can be tempted and even enticed to worship Satan!

Indeed, such unwholesome thoughts about God show how very far Traditional Christian (and even common Messianic) teaching has fallen from understanding the magnificence, glory, immutability, Holiness, and infinite power of the Eternal God.

If Messiah is God, satan is empowered

I ask, just how much power and authority are Christians and counterfeit Messianics wishing to give Satan? Apparently, since they promote he has the power to actually ask their “Creator God in the flesh” to worship him, they are wishing to give him more power than The Creator!

How can they dare promote that Messiah is God? Well, they not only promote it, but they do so without apology or shame. They go even further by promoting that those who deny it will be damned for eternity. So, according to them, a person is eternally damned if they refuse to embrace the notion that Satan can tempt The Eternal Creator God!

What madness! What utter blasphemy! What irreverent fools!

May God bless those devout, Torah embracing Jews and others who have historically endured the persecution and rejected such ludicrous sacrilege and desecration of The Living Eternal Creator God.

I beseech you with all sincerity and love to please pause … and give the most careful thought you can to this issue.

If you believe that Yeshua the Messiah is “God in the flesh” then you are openly proclaiming through that belief that Satan can tempt the Almighty Creator and even tempt that Eternal Creator to bow down and worship him!

Only The Living God, Himself, knows the eternal consequences of such blasphemy, and I pray you will put aside the “God in the flesh Messiah” idolatry of Traditional Christianity and false Messianic groups before it is too late to do so.

Of course, there is another ridiculous notion those who promote that Messiah is “God in the flesh” would have us believe.  They would have us believe that Satan offered to give “Messiah God” a world that God already owned.

Remember the Devil’s offer?  He stated, “… the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.”

Why would the Devil offer to give God a world God already owns?  Such a concept is crazy.  God does not need to receive anything from anyone – most of all from Satan.

At this point I must raise an issue that may be even more disturbing but which must be exposed. Exactly who benefits from the teaching that Satan can tempt God?  Who receives the true glory from such a belief?  What personage gets the most satisfaction from persuading mankind that Satan was able to tempt the Almighty God?  Therefore, who really would be behind the fanciful and wicked concept that Satan was literally tempting God when he tempted the Messiah?  If you have not yet arrived at the only possible answer, perhaps I should assist you.

The obvious answer is Satan.  Without a shred of doubt Satan is gloating with a triumphant and despicable grin as he looks upon a scene on earth where he is shown to be – at the very least – powerful enough to tempt the Creator God and request Him to bow down to worship him.

He and he alone receives glory when he is able, through his countless – often unintentional – agents disguised as angels of light to persuade mankind that he possesses such power.

Could someone out there who accepts the Deity of Messiah please explain how God is glorified by the scenario promoted in a belief which shows Satan exerting such power over God?  And please, don’t attempt to dodge the issue by saying “God” (as Messiah) is glorified because he did not sin when tempted to do so, because along with such a weak argument you admit that you do accept and teach that Satan can tempt God and can ask God to worship Him.

As I said earlier, there is no escaping the implications of this crucial issue. I ask again, just how much power are Christian leaders, counterfeit Messianic leaders, and others who believe Messiah to be “God in the flesh” willing to give Satan?

If you feel Satan can tempt the Almighty Creator (his creator also by the way) and solicit worship from Him, you are literally giving Satan (at least during that instance) more power than God.

Who is actually glorified by this? Most assuredly Satan is glorified, usually unintentionally, by those promoting that Yeshua is “God in the flesh”.

It is not without reason that the apostle Paul warned us about such leaders in his second epistle to Corinth. Even though his warning did not specifically apply to this issue, it and other such warning found in the pages of the New Testament nonetheless do apply to the issue at hand as well as all the other false teachings of Christianity and counterfeit Messianism.

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 (KJV)
13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

Yeshua rids himself of Satan by quoting Torah – a quote those who believe him to be “God in the flesh” should heed, “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.”

Yeshua, during his temptation, made reference to Torah passages and showed himself to be the perfect obedient servant of His God, YHVH The Living God, even under temptations that none of us have probably ever had to endure. Remember, this is the only record we have of Yeshua’s temptations; however, the writer of Hebrews plainly implies there were many others.

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