The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. For it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.
In 1993, David Koresh was the leader of the sect of the Branch Davidian Movement at Mount Caramel in Waco, Texas. 2 Corinthians 11:14 says that Satan deceives us by masquerading as an angel of light. But, by the time some of Koresh’s followers recognized his teachings were against the Bible, it was too late. Koresh was ultimately responsible for the deaths of 75 people, including 25 children, in the Waco Siege, a 51-day standoff between the ATF and the Branch Davidians.
In the same way in this third temptation the devil disguises himself as an angel of light by quoting Scripture, Psalm 91:11-12. But he quotes it out of context because these verses are not talking about the Messiah but about Jews and Christians who make the Lord their refuge. (See verse 9.) Satan wants the Messiah to die, so there will be no one to save us. Then Satan can rule forever. If the angels were to have saved Jesus, Jesus would have committed a sin by testing God. The result would have been similar, no one to take our sins, no salvation.
Jesus understands Satan’s schemes and brushes him off a third time, again by quoting scripture. “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” (Deuteronomy 6:16)
Heavenly Father, help us to serve you only so we don’t fall for Satan’s schemes of tempting us with things we think we need, lying to us with half-truths, and disguising himself as an angel of light.