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Luke 4:11 “and, “’In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’”

In the old classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon series Shazzan, the brother and sister who commanded Shazzan, the laughing giant genie, through the magic rings, were observing a street magician one day. Chuck gave in to the temptation to show the magician up, but he couldn’t do it by himself. He convinced his sister Nancy to summon Shazzan together, who did indeed show the magician who had the greater magic. However, the usual jovial genie was cross with them, asking Chuck, “Is this why you summoned me, young masters?” Chuck admitted he was showing off, and Shazzan left them with the warning that “he who misuses the power of the rings shall be punished.” Later on, the two run afoul of the magical Master of the Thieves, who had stolen the rings. When their lives were threatened, they used the rings to summon Shazzan to save them (which is really the main reason they ever summoned him in most of the episodes). Shazzan appeared, stating, “So, now, you really do need me!” After defeating the Master of the Thieves, the genie asked the pair of the lessons they learned, and Chuck was very apologetic, hoping Shazzan was not still angry with him. He said, “It is written, anger is like the wind…once it blows, there is nothing to mark its passing.” “Hmm, who said that, Shazzan?” Chuck asked. The genie answered, “I did, young master! HoHoHoHO!”, and laughing he launched them on their way to their next adventure.

Even though Chuck and Nancy commanded the power of a mighty genie, they still were not to misuse that power, as Chuck did in the cartoon above. Now, this example was in a cartoon. The devil thought he could get Jesus to misuse His power by tempting him to fall from the highest part of the temple, knowing that the Son of God had angels at His command. The devil even misquoted Scripture to try and back up his assertion (Psalms 91:11) Jesus didn’t need to show off, leastways to the devil of all people! He reminded Him that you shall not tempt the Lord your God (also correctly quoting Scripture back at him (Deuteronomy 6:16))! And the devil left Him alone.

So, for your information, Jesus is God. He was and is the only One who could fulfill all the prophecies of the Messiah…and He did! He died for our sin payment and lives again! What else does He have to prove? Nothing.

Something to think about today.

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