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1871. Excerpt: ... I. THE FIRST TEMPTATION, TO SEPARATION OF OUR
LORD'S LOT FROM THAT OF HUMANITY. THE FIRST TEMPTATION, TO
SEPARATION OF OUR LORD'S LOT FROM THAT OF HUMANITY. S. JWatrtKin
to. 3. "And when the tempter came to Him, he said, If Thou be the
Son of God, command that these stones be made bread."-I "HERE would
be much to make the powers of darkness hesitate before coming to a
final decision as to whether Jesus were the Son of God or not The
evidence on this momentous point might reasonably appear
conflicting. For instance, the manner of the Lord's birth had been
so lowly, that, in spite of the marvels attendant on that birth,
the sagacity of evil powers, and of the chief of fallen spirits,
once Lucifer, son of the morning, might fairly be at fault. We know
indeed that hell's suspicions were at the first aroused, resulting
in the murderous attempt of King Herod upon the young Child's life.
But afterwards when the Lord spent thirty years of lowly retirement
in Nazareth there was nothing to direct the suspicions of infernal
powers anew towards the Son of man, unless it were His absolute
sinlessness as child and youth. When, however, at our Lord's
baptism the voice from heaven had proclaimed, "Thou art My beloved
Son; in Thee I am well pleased;" then it is likely would all
previous suspicions be brought to a head. And further the testimony
of John the Baptist, "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the
sin of the world," cannot but have confirmed, we may suppose, in
the mind of man's chief foe, the strong presumption that Jesus was
indeed the promised Seed of the woman which was to bruise the
serpent's head. Hence, as we may well conjecture, from this twofold
testimony, that of John the Baptist and the mightier testimony of
the voice from heaven, arose Satan's re...
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