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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/10/08)
TITLE: Jesus and the Tempter
By Linda Watson Owen
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As Satan’s voice caressed His ears and whispered these sweet words,
“The only payment for these realms before you is so small.
Just honor me, and you will see, you will be prince of all.
Look now, and view the glistening sea of riches you can use.
Your every want, your least desire, will never be refused.
Imagine power vaster far than galaxies above.
It can be yours without the price of shedding your own blood!
You must agree that awful plan God handed down to you
is foolish and a waste of time, a waste of all that’s true.
How can it be that god above would bury His own son?
I thought you two were really close, but this is what he’s done?
That doesn’t sound like love to me, to let such worms like men
decide the shots, take all control, and plot your bloody end.
Now think this through, and look again at all I offer here.
Ah! Sights, and sounds, and tastes that thrill, all good things far and near!
You know you want it—know it should be yours if all were right.
And yet, this god who orders you picks pain to be your plight!
I know you better than this god who says he loves you so.
Let’s stick together, you and me. I understand, you know.”
Then Satan paused to read Christ’s heart where all these words now whirled
as Jesus’ eyes still lingered there upon the whole wide world.
Christ saw the kingdoms, sullied, dim, though golden they had been.
There people bent beneath the load of guilt, and fear, and sin.
He saw small children too soon old, the old too soon cast out.
He saw the innocent descend into dread hopeless doubt.
His eyes were filled with past and future spread across the land.
He felt the horrid sadness of a world in sin’s command.
The words He heard from Satan’s lips yet echoed in the air,
but Jesus saw all as it was without sin’s gold veneer.
Christ’s breaking heart spoke strong and clear, “Be gone, vile enemy!
It’s written, ‘Worship God alone. Obey His Word only!’”
Then Satan fled to fairer fields where weaker hearts would bend
to listen to his saccharin words that would call him their friend.
But Jesus set His face toward the path to Calvary,
full knowing well the price He’d pay to set his people free.
The choice was clear, but never easy, that our Lord would make.
He chose to keep God’s plan for us, enduring all the pain.
He turned His back on tempter’s wealth, the promise of mere things,
rejected being Prince of ease, to be our Holy King.
(based on Matthew 4:8-10)
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