THE EVIL ONE OFFERS
When Christ became
hungry in the desert, having fasted for forty days, the devil
approached Him and offered, not bread but, stone. Then, he taunted
Christ to change it into bread.
we hunger for the pleasures of the world, lust of the flesh, honors,
security and happiness, the devil tempts us by offering stones. If we
fall into his temptation and object, "this is a stone,"
where is the security and happiness? He taunts us and answers,
"Well, change this stone into security and happiness," which
you cannot do.
and Eve hungered for the knowledge of good and evil; Satan offered
them stone. They fell, took the stone and when they asked where is the
knowledge of good and evil, Satan's answer was: "Change those
stones into the knowledge of good and evil.". . .which they could
not do. They ended up with nothing.
the evil one offers something nice, know that it is an illusion; in
reality it is a stone.
is a compliment to be tempted by the devil. It is a sign that you have
truly renounced him, that God has armed you for battle, that you have
progressed to a higher spiritual dignity, that you are in the right
direction towards eternal life.
Christians are not really tempted by the devil because most are
striving for the STONE without any prompting from the evil one. Why
should the devil bother with you since you are doing such a good job
ruining your soul? Victory over the just is Satan's greatest desire.
beginning of temptations comes through suggestions from the devil,
offering to satisfy our evil desires. If we like the suggestion,
delight follows. While suggestions are external to man, delight is
internal. Much can be done to control suggestions by controlling one's
ambiance. When temptations enter the realm of delight, it is now
internal and, because of our fallen nature, it is difficult to reject.
So we must try to stop temptations at their onset, at the suggestions
stage. If Eve did not listen to the serpent's suggestion,
she would not have fallen.
it is when we are alone that the devil especially harasses us with
temptations. Christ was alone and Eve was alone, without her husband,
when the evil one approached them. Thus, the importance for the
members of the community and family to be together. . .it is their
protection against the devil.