In Luke 4 we see Jesus, led by the Holy Spirit, going into the wilderness. After forty days he is tempted by the devil and in each of Jesus’ replies, he uses Scripture to rebuke him.
It is written…
Man shall not live by bread alone.
You shall worship the Lord your God,
and him only shall you serve.
You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.
(Luke 4:4, 8, 12)
We see in Jesus one who treasured the words of God and knows well how to use them in times of trials. Truly an example for us.
But what I want to draw our attention to is from which books Jesus quotes. Each time he is pressed by the devil Jesus find words fitting to the temptations from the book of Deuteronomy. He quotes from Deuteronomy 8:13, 6:13, and 6:16.
There are parts of the Bible that, for whatever reason, attract our attention and we find ourselves reading them more often. We think they are full of great insight and wisdom and aren’t the “boring ones.” Deuteronomy doesn’t always top that list.
Seeing Jesus faced with temptations greater than what I have faced and speaking the words of Deuteronomy reminds me that I shouldn’t assume I know where God is going to speak to me. God can and does speak to us throughout the whole of Scripture and we must keep ourselves humble before him and remain open to hearing his words on every page.
It is good to remember that sometimes it is in the unexpected places that God speaks, and that is where it may be the hardest to hear.