What does “Lead us not into temptation” mean?Posted: January 29, 2018
The Lord’s Prayer includes the phrase “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” (Mt 6:13; Lk 11:4)
Antichrist “Pope” Jorge doesn’t like the prayer:
‘It is not a good translation because it speaks of a God who induces temptation…I am the one who falls. It’s not him pushing me into temptation to then see how I have fallen. A father doesn’t do that, a father helps you to get up immediately. It’s Satan who leads us into temptation, that’s his department.’
Add to Jorge’s list of faults poor reading comprehension.
It is true that God does not tempt with evil, as James said:
James 1:13-14 “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.”
Of course, God may tempt in the meaning of a test – but not to do evil. When God told Abraham to sacrifice his son, this was not a temptation to “evil” – but it was a temptation. Genesis 22:1 “And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.”
So every single thing the Lord commands is a potential temptation from God – a test of obedience to do good. That comes from God and he wants us to make that choice. When Abraham obeyed God he was commended for doing good because he obeyed.
But on the flip side of every opportunity to do good and to obey, is also a potential temptation to disobey. This does not come from God. It comes from our own disobedient hearts. We are inclined to make the choice to disobey because of our weaknesses of flesh, and the prompting of the devil who tries to sell the idea to us by having us consider our fleshly desires.
So a command from God if we obey it unflinchingly is a test we win, but a command from God that we pause and consider and reject because of our flesh is a test that we fail – we fell into temptation to do evil because of our own inclinations. God had nothing to do with making us fall – he never commands us to do anything that we are unable to do if we would only be willing and obedient.
Here is a verse that demonstrates what the prayer “lead us not into temptation” means:
Proverbs 30:8-9 “Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.”
If I know that my flesh is weak, then I should wish not to be situated too close to that thing that will make me fall. We all have differences – things affect some people more than others.
One man got saved after being involved in all sorts of financial schemes and fraud. He should endevour to stay far away from money-management for the rest of his life. Another man got saved from alcohol. He should stay far away from even the sight of it. Another person got saved from a life of immorality. Let them stay far away from compromising situations.
In other words, keep me far away from those things that will be strong temptations to my flesh, things that might over-power my will as a Christian to obey God perfectly.
1 Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
The “way to escape” is going to be seen first long before the temptation becomes too strong – and that is the best time to make the evasive manoeuvrers and dodge the temptation by seeing what is ahead and going down an entirely different path, one that is safe.
Proverbs 5:3~8 “¶ For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell. … Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:”
That is what we are praying in the Lord’s Prayer – that God will help us by not letting those things that tempt us come suddenly upon us – but that he would keep them far away from us. Keep poverty far away, and keep riches far away, both are rife with alluring opportunities to do evil. And so forth, for all conditions of life and situations where my flesh could get the upper hand.