I don’t want to make too big a deal out of this but I was fascinated when looking at Jesus teaching on prayer to spot one of those little but intriguing connections. In Matthew 4, Jesus goes into the Wilderness where he fasts for 40 days and nights and experiences testing from Satan. Satan basically shows up and makes a couple of big challenges including:
- Look, so you are hungry, well let’s see what you can do with these stones.
- Hmm, can you be really sure you can trust your father to be good and loving? Let’s test that one.
- Put your trust in me. Depend on me for what you need.
Now remember that Satan is portrayed throughout Scripture as the serpent. Then turn to Matthew 7:7-11 and read with me:
7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”
The point here is that the true and good father can be trusted and relied upon. He will not give stones and snakes to his children. Satan is the false, wicked father who does offer stones and serpents. We should depend on our heavenly father for spiritual food.