The Empire Strikes Back – Luke 4:1-13


Part Two of our series follows Star Wars Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. In the previous article we spoke of Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope and how Jesus came into the world and how that was something to give us hope. In this article we are going to discuss The Empire Strikes back.

Now love it or hate it some of the greatest events in the saga took place in this movie. We get to see Vader unmasked for the first time, the awesome fight on Hoth, introduction of Jedi Master Yoda, and one of the most quoted and yet wrongly quoted lines from any movie you could think of came from this movie here. “No, I am your father.” Most people think the No is Luke.

The Empire Strikes back starts on the icy planet of Hoth where the rebels suffer defeat after victory from the destruction of the Death Star. Luke is told that he needs to go Dagobah to  complete his Jedi training with Jedi Master Yoda. But sensing that his cohorts were on trouble in Cloud City he ended his training prematurely to help them. But he failed at helping them. In the end he fought getting enticed by the dark side and his friend and ally was locked away in carbonate given to Jabba the Hutt.

Thinking about how Darth Vader was trying to entice Luke to the Dark Side I thought about how Satan tried to do the same thing with Jesus. Minus being his father of course.

We start before Jesus started his ministry in Galilee. Jesus has been fasting and praying for forty days and nights in the desert and he was hungry and he had company. Satan was with him the whole time being the dirty tempter that he is. (Luke 4:1-2).

Satan first tempted him by saying: “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” (Luke 4:3)

Luke 4:4 – But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’ ” (NKJV)

Jesus was quoting Deuteronomy 8:3:

Deuteronomy 8:3 – So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord. (NKJV)

Afterwards Satan took Jesus high on top of a mountain and showed Jesus all of the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.

Luke 4:6-7 – 6 – And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 7Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.” (NKJV)

For those driven by avarice this would be enough to bring them to their knees and worship the fallen angel but not our Lord and Savior. Our King Jesus Christ had an answer for him.

Luke 4:8 – And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind me Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you  shall serve.'” (NKJV)

Where it was written is Deuteronomy 6:13:

Deut 6:13 –  You shall fear the Lord your God and serve Him, and shall take oaths in His name (NKJV)

This is a saying we have heard many times. We might have said at sometimes in our lives when we have felt that we were being tempted by Satan. “Get behind me, Satan!” We must be able to say it and mean it. Quote Jesus if you need to but you know Satan tried one more time. It is said that requests are more powerful in threes and Satan was more than willing to try one more time.

Luke 4: 9 – 11 – 9 Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here. 10 For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you,’ 11 and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’” (NKJV)

Jesus replied letting Satan know that it is said that “you shall not tempt the Lord your God.” (Luke 4:12). This is a direct reference to Deuteronomy 6:16

Deut 6:16 – “You shall not tempt the Lord your God as you tempted Him in Massah. (NKJV)

From there Satan left Jesus alone. Jesus shown that he was strong enough to handle to the temptings of Satan and how could he. You shall not tempt the Lord your God as it is written. It would have never worked anyway.

We learned a lot from watching Luke deal with the temptation of a father who wanted to rule the galaxy as father and son.But Luke didn’t want to gain the world and lose his soul to the dark side. This also gave him hope to not just avenge his father’s death but to save his father. And we must be strong like Luke and definitely like our Lord Jesus.

Heavenly Father, thanking you for opening our eyes that we may be tempted like Jesus and like Luke Skywalker but you have given us the tools to surmount the temptations of the devil. We must remember that we must continue to worship You and that you will give us the desire of our hearts. That nothing that Satan can offer us can last. I am so thankful that we have an example and strength and courage to follow when we get beaten down by the temptation of life. Please give us the wisdom to call upon you and command with your authority that Satan flees from us. In Jesus Name, Amen.

The Empire Strikes Back – Luke 4:1-13

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