8 Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.
9 “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.”
10 “Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’”
Matthew 4:8-10 (NLT)
We have come to the remaining temptation of Jesus. Among the 3 tests, this must be the dumbest of all. Do you know why? The devil offered Jesus the ownership of all the kingdoms of the world and their glory in return for Jesus to kneel down and worship him. Why is this dumb? Obviously the devil has forgotten where did Jesus come from. Jesus came from the Kingdom of God where gold is used to make roads. By comparison, the kingdoms of this world, which the devil offered Jesus, are the equivalent of a garbage dump. Imagine offering a garbage dump to a rich prince as temptation. Will it work? Of course, not.
Let me give you another illustration. Suppose I bring a stack of US$100 bills to a group of homeless and starving people. I offer to pay US$100 to anyone there who is willing to kneel down and worship me. What do you think will happen? I am sure many will compete to kneel down and worship me for the sake of the money I offer. US$100 means a lot to people who are homeless and starving.
However, if I am to repeat the same feat to a group of billionaires, I don’t think there will be anyone taking the offer. Why, not? The amount I offer is nothing to them. Basically, in this test the devil offered US$100 to a billionaire.
So, in this test Jesus won due to the stupidity of the devil.
We have been warned not to underestimate the devil. We should also be reminded not to overestimate him either. The test in the above passage proves beyond doubt that Satan does not have much intelligence. All his temptations are based on the same pattern. Once we master one, we can beat him a million times.
Let me give you a real life example. Recently, there is big earthquake in Italy. I can predict right now based on the past pattern that there will be some agents of Satan (otherwise known as theologians) who will proclaim this earthquake as a judgement of God. God is judging Italy for some sins and coincidentally these sins happen to be the agenda of those theologians.
Should there be more disasters in the future, you can be sure that there will be proclamation of judgement of God to the particular nation. This is my “prophecy”. This “prophecy” always works not because it is a direct revelation of God but because of the stupidity of the Theologian (also known as Satan). You can test out my “prophecy” yourself by doing some simple search everyday on this earthquake. Soon, you will have some proclamations on the judgement of God.
The same will happen for any future disasters.
In conclusion, the devil is dumb. Don’t join them.