Though I usually write about bereavement, abuse, etc., I feel the need to address a matter which I first heard about on the news yesterday. Apparently, for sixteen years Catholic scholars have been debating an issue regarding a translation in the Scriptures of the Lord’s Prayer in Mathew 6:
9 In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
The proposed change would replace the line “lead us not into temptation” with “abandon us not when in temptation.”
When I first deliberated this change, I was focused on the new proposed wording and I thought that of course I would not want the Lord to abandon me when I am being tempted. The Lord does say that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Heb. 13:5; DT. 31:6) though, so if I believe Him (which I do), then I can already be secure in His promise and really have no need to pray that He won’t abandon me.
With further consideration, I became more uncomfortable with this new proposed alteration of God’s Word and its translation. I am careful about which translation I use. When I began studying Scripture I had my ‘go-to’ Strong’s Concordance which enables one to look up every word in the Bible and find the original in Hebrew or Greek. It’s a marvelous tool for study. Though mine is quite worn with a few pages missing after 47 years, I still will refer to it from time to time when something comes into question.
Someone then shared with me this verse:
(Satan Tempts Jesus)
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
Whoa! The Holy Spirit (God) led Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted.
That stopped me in my tracks.
Yes, God Who led His only begotten Son into temptation may also lead us into temptation. So, following my logical process of inquiry, I had to ask: ‘Why would a loving God lead His children into temptation?’. Now we know we are never tempted by God (James 1:13-15), we are tempted by the devil, the enemy of our souls. However, He will allow us to be tempted:
1 Corinthians 10:13
13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
So, what does He tell us here:
- All temptation is common
- He places a limit on all temptation
- He always provides a way to escape any temptation
- We are able to bear all temptation
I am of the belief that God does lead us into temptation, at times, just as He had led Jesus. However, satan is the one who actually does the tempting…never God Himself. When we are tempted, our freewill kicks into gear and we choose whether or not to succumb to the temptation or to obey God. Such strengthens us, if we make the right choice and choose God. We are being trained to be good soldiers. We learn how to put on the full armor of God when placed in battle as described in Ephesians 6:
The Whole Armor of God
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
I was somewhat disheartened in hearing Franklin Graham’s comment in regards to this matter. He stated that we should run away from the devil (as reported). I am hoping that he simply used poor wording at the time he was interviewed on this matter. Scripture states:
7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
We are instructed to put on the full armor of God, standfast, and resist the devil. When we do so, he will flee from us. This is important because we need not be the ones who flee in fear. Quite the opposite. A child may fear water, but unless he enters a pool, etc., he will never learn how to swim and learning how to swim could save his life one day or that of another. (My apologies for using this example to anyone who has lost someone by drowning). Of course, we are not to be foolish and go looking for trouble and seeking out such battles. However, when they do arise as they most definitely do, we need not run. Rather, it is the devil who must and will flee from us.
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. .
1 Peter 5:9
Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
1 Corinthians 16:13
Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.
Yes, I will continue to pray: “do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.” while knowing that if God does lead me into temptation, He will provide for me an escape and will strengthen me when I look to Him for deliverance.
2 Timothy 2:
3 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. 5 And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. 6 The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops. 7 Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.
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