創世紀 2:7-9; 3:1-7
Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7
The LORD God formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life,and so man became a living being.
Then the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east,and placed there the man whom he had formed. Out of the ground the LORD God made various trees grow that were delightful to look at and good for food,with the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the animals that the LORD God had made. The serpent asked the woman,“Did God really tell you not to eat from any of the trees in the garden?” The woman answered the serpent: “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; it is only about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden that God said,‘You shall not eat it or even touch it, lest you die.$0"2$ But the serpent said to the woman: “You certainly will not die! No, God knows well that the moment you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods who know what is good and what is evil.” The woman saw that the tree was good for food,pleasing to the eyes, and desirable for gaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her,and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened,and they realized that they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.
Brothers and sisters:
Through one man sin entered the world,and through sin, death,and thus death came to all men, inasmuch as all sinned—for up to the time of the law, sin was in the world,though sin is not accounted when there is no law. But death reigned from Adam to Moses,even over those who did not sin after the pattern of the trespass of Adam,who is the type of the one who was to come. But the gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one, the many died,how much more did the grace of God and the gracious gift of the one man Jesus Christ overflow for the many. And the gift is not like the result of the one who sinned. For after one sin there was the judgment that brought condemnation; but the gift, after many transgressions, brought acquittal. For if, by the transgression of the one,death came to reign through that one,how much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of justification come to reign in life through the one Jesus Christ. In conclusion, just as through one transgression condemnation came upon all,so, through one righteous act,acquittal and life came to all. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners,so, through the obedience of the one,the many will be made righteous.
At that time Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights,and afterwards he was hungry. The tempter approached and said to him,“If you are the Son of God,command that these stones become loaves of bread.” He said in reply,“It is written: One does not live on bread alone,but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.”
Then the devil took him to the holy city,and made him stand on the parapet of the temple,and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written: He will command his angels concerning you and with their hands they will support you,lest you dash your foot against a stone.” Jesus answered him,“Again it is written,You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.” Then the devil took him up to a very high mountain,and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in their magnificence,and he said to him, "All these I shall give to you,if you will prostrate yourself and worship me.” At this, Jesus said to him,“Get away, Satan! It is written: The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve.”
Then the devil left him and, behold,angels came and ministered to him.
We as human are often times not content to be just human. We desire to be bigger, we want to be God. That makes room for Satan to take over our lives.
Satan uses beautiful but deceptive words to lure and trap us. During the Temptation of Jesus, the Devil even quoted from the Scripture to trap Jesus. Satan tempts us to avoid sufferings by choosing to rely on earthly power and wealth, which in turns leads us to sin and thus causes more sufferings. Beware of Satan's lies! He feeds us with fear and insecurity to lure us to choose evil over good, to hold on to things which should be pruned. But we should not think that we can outwit Satan by our own wisdom.
Paradoxically, we should first accept and embrace our weaknesses and powerlessness, and learn to be just human. Let go of our own ego and trust that because we have God, we have everything we ever need. Let us not forget that there was only one strict commandment from God for the first man and woman and they broke it. Yet God continues to love them and all of us. What further assurance shall we need? Why must we depend on ourselves, limited as we are, when we can rely on God's almighty power?
Fasting, prayers, and alms giving help us to rely not on ourselves but on our Almighty Father. As we begin the Lenten season, let us resolve to deny ourselves, and then follow Christ through humility and obedience.