“… It is Written”
By Floyd Allen, Editor, GOD’S GOOD NEWS GAZETTE
I have found, in my sixty-three years as a Christian, that one of the best ways to combat temptation is to quote scripture to yourself and anyone else who is listening – – predominantly Satan! In doing so, we are following a pretttyyyy good precedent – – – one set by none other than our Lord and Savior Himself!, as we find in Matthew 4:1-10: 4 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was after-ward an hungred. 3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. 5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, 6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. 7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. 8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. 10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Interestingly enough, Jesus was not the only, or even the first!, individual to quote scripture while living a Godly life. In fact, there are roughly 250 instances where the quote “It is Written” appears in the Word of God! And, a goodly number of these are in the Old Testament. As we ponder this, it brings up several interesting thoughts:
- Why were so many things Written in the first place? The answer, I believe, is found in Ps. 119:11 – “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” By these things being written down we know what God’s Word is so we can, in fact, hide it in our heart!
- A Lot of People knew what was “Written:” That’s why they could include it in the books they wrote! While I am not going to include all 250 verses where this is stated, I will include some of the Books it can be found in: Joshua, II Samuel, I & II Kings, II Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Psalms, Isaiah, Daniel, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, I & II Corinthians, Galatians, Hebrews and I Peter.
- It is safe to assume that Satan knew What was Written! Jesus quoted scripture to Satan as a way to thwart his attempts at temptation. Notice, each time Jesus said this in Matthew 4 Satan went to another form of Temptation, knowing that he had been defeated.
- If saying “It is Written” halted Satan’s advance against Jesus, it will also halt his advances against us! What a wonderful weapon that is – – and all we have to do is “Hide His Word in our Heart so we won’t sin against Him!”
The Good News is to be able to say “It is Written,” is study the Word of God and see what is written, and then “Hide” it in our hearts!